Arthur Freeman Lookout
Saturday morning it was time to move away from the coastal strip and head for the hinterland. The southern Gold Coast is literally a ‘hop skip and a jump’ to the ‘green behind the gold’ especially if you live in the Palm Beach – Currumbin area.
Let’s take a Gold Coast scenic drive to Arthur Freeman Lookout and then on to The Cougal Cascades Walk, Currumbin Valley. It’s been a long time since I have been to this location.
How to get to Arthur Freeman Lookout?
If you are staying along the Coastal strip I suggest you head for Currumbin and then Currumbin Creek road. There are a few different ways of getting to this location; however the most direct and easiest route to follow if you are not a local is via the Gold Coast Hwy and head to Palm Beach Parklands. Turn off at the traffic lights onto Thrower Drive; continue through the odd shaped roundabout past Palm Beach – Currumbin High School on your left and take the Currumbin Beach turn off. Head across Thrower Bridge (it’s hard to believe this route was the original Gold Coast Hwy) turn right at the traffic lights, you are on Currumbin Creek Road. If you turned left you will be heading for Currumbin Beach a quick detour is ok, but remember to turn around and head back to the lights and straight across to Currumbin Creek Road. More details of where this Gold Coast scenic drive will take you.
Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley
to climb. This road is narrow and if you are the driver you haven’t got the luxury of looking around. Years ago much of this area was covered in Banana plantation there still are pockets further along this route but today we are not going that far. Whenever you are driving on unfamiliar roads you sometimes have to contend with local drivers who are comfortable with the road and can make your experience unpleasant by sitting on your tail. It was my lucky day the whole trip there and back not a car in sight. (Saturday morning might be the best time). After a few kilometres you will see Freeman roadside fruit stall on your right. Arthur Freeman lookout will be coming up on your right around one kilometre up the road.
You have to get out of the car
Be careful at this point if you are travelling too fast you might miss the lookout you have to turn right to access the lookout be wary of traffic travelling behind you. After pulling into the clearing you will have to get out of the car or you won’t see the beauty of this lookout. Walk a few metres down through the cleared land and there it is Mt Tallebudgera escarpment, part of Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park. Get your camera ready for some nice shots of Mt Tallebudgera cliff face. Over the years the height of the surrounding tree line has increased obscuring some of the view. But that’s not going to stop us, let’s get closer…off now back down Towewin Mountain Road to Currumbin Creek Road. Turn right onto Currumbin Creek Road and head for ‘The Cougal Cascades Walk’ and Currumbin Rock Pool.