Currumbin Beach Swell FestivalThe Swell Sculpture Festival is an art exhibition right on Currumbin Beach that brings people and art in one place.

Each year during the beautiful September weather here on Australia’s Gold Coast you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most picturesque locations on the coast, Currumbin Beach.

 One kilometre of magic..

Walk the length of the beach around 1 kilometre and immerse yourself in unusual pieces of sculptures created from a variety of materials.

Every year is a surprise, you never know what to expect. Some sculptures will inspire you, others you will shake your head and wonder about.

But that’s what art is, sometimes the mystery remains and only a few see beyond the visible.

 Every year is a surprise, you never know what to expect…

The children are not forgotten here; there is always something special to intrigue and entertain them I wonder what this year will bring?
This exhibition is open 24 hours, for ten days which means you can attend a number of times during the day or night.
Here are a few tips to make your visit to this unique festival interesting and hassle free. Swell Sculpture Festival site

Buy a Program

A program is a must, without one you are missing out on the meaning of the piece and in some cases the reason why it was created including the background history of the sculptor.

With a program you are less likely to miss an exhibit, some maybe quite small and easily missed. If you are looking for a sculpture for purchase, it will be much easier to research the Artist or contact them for a commissioned piece.

Information Hub
The programs are usually available from the Information Hub; this is generally a small marquee which also sells merchandise (T-shirts and Caps) along the ocean walkway (Pacific Parade).

Their opening hours are from 9am – 4pm which is a bit of a nuisance if you decide on an early morning start, however on the up side you can come for another visit.

 To get the most out of this exhibition a program is a must…


During the weekends and evenings parking can be a challenge, if you don’t mind walking this won’t be an issue.

Arrangements have been made for a shuttle bus click here for location and up-to-date details about pick up and drop off points.

What else can you do at Currumbin Beach?

Why not arrive early for breakfast, there are a number of great cafes on Pacific Parade, including Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club and a lovely café at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can watch the birds while having your morning Latte.

Come early and have breakfast on the beachfront

If you are fortunate to live or are staying at one of the accommodation houses in the area, dinner at Currumbin Beach is a lovely experience and most of the restaurants have beach views, a fitting end to the day.
In addition Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a special night out to finish your cultural day at Currumbin Beach called ‘Swell Yanguwah Experience’ click here for more details.

Currumbin Lookouts

There are two elevated vantage points at Currumbin where the Gold Coast coastline is stretched before you north and south. At these Lookouts you can take some memorable photos of your day at Currumbin and capture some of the magic of the event.

Currumbin Hill Lookout

This lookout is hidden from view, it’s in Wallace Nicoll Park (behind the BBQ’s) opposite Currumbin Rock and the world famous Alley.

There are approximately 130 steps to the top, well worth the climb.

The views encompass the Alley below, Currumbin Lagoon (Palm Beach Parklands) you will be able to see the yellow sail over the children’s pirate playground in the distance.
Your eye will follow the Gold Coast coastline from south Palm Beach (called Currumbin Spit) right to Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Headland and views to Surfers Paradise.
The tree line is growing and at times the view can be obscured, depending on the time of the year and growth of the trees.
Below is Currumbin Rock and all the activities expected at a popular surfing location, in addition from this birds eye view many of the Swell Sculptures should be visible.

Check out the location before you go…


Visit the Lookouts while taking the one kilometre walk along Currumbin Beach

View Currumbin Beach Walk in a larger map

Elephant Rock Lookout

To access Elephant Rock Lookout head to the Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, you can’t miss it. It’s right on the beach alongside is a huge rock which looks like the back of an Elephant. From the carpark is access to the Lookout above.

Take care there is a narrow stairway to the top, the vista from this elevated platform is beautiful, the whole length of Currumbin Beach to the north with the high rises of Surfers Paradise in the distance.
To the south the coastline stretches all the way to Snapper Rocks, this is one of the very few public Lookouts on the Gold Coast where you can see the Gold Coast in both directions.

Burleigh Headland is another elevated location however more effort is involved than climbing a few steps.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Baby Koalas at the SanctuaryIf your interest in the Swell Festival is only to drop by and have a look, why not plan the rest of the day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, there is so much to do there for the whole family, in fact there is no way you could enjoy all the activities in one day.

You can read my experience by clicking here or go straight to their website for a full list of activities.


Experience the Gold Coast on foot….