Australia’s beaches are beautiful, but the really good ones have stories to tell and a lot of things to do when you’re done “sun baking.” That’s where Tallebudgera (tal-uh-budge-er-a) Beach comes in.
Recently voted Australia’s Cleanest Beach by Keep Australia Beautiful, Tallebudgera is truly a Gold Coast gem. And it owes this feather in its cap to the locals: They are the keepers of this pristine piece of paradise in Queensland. They love Tallebudgera, so they care for it.
A famed family spot, this uber-clean beach offers crystal-clear ocean swimming, peak surfing and the waters of Tallebudgera Creek. It also links the mountainous hinterland with the Pacific Ocean, rocky outcrops, sandy shores, mangroves and dunes. What more could you ask for?
How about fish? In the Aboriginal dialect, Tallebudgera means “good fish” and anglers who come from all over to discover its well-guarded contents agree. Boat and bank anglers will find bream and flathead at the Creek, while fly fishermen can target tarpon and giant herring in the upper reaches and canals.
Summer school is in session at Tallebudgera, too. Since 1966, children from all over Queensland have lived the dream of attending summer school at Tallebudgera—the region’s premier education camp. It’s the best aquatic adventure site in Australia and the largest Surf Education School.
Tallebudgera Beach is also the proud home of the world’s first all-female surf and swim patrol. Since 1928, the Neptune Royal Life Saving Club has performed volunteerbeach patrols. Ask anyone here and they’ll tell you this life-saving beach fixture (men are allowed these days) is yet another reason to enjoy clean, safe Tallebudgera.
Because video is the next best thing to being there, we leave you with this piece featuring Australia's Cleanest Beach and starring the locals who truly love her: