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Elephant Rock Currumbin Beach – How To Get The Best Views!

Located on the south end of Currumbin Beach is the renowned Elephant Rock – a popular spot with great beach views of Surfers Paradise and The Gold Coast. 

Climbing the stairs up to the platform on the top of Elephant Rock is a must when in Currumbin to enjoy sweeping 180 degree panoramas.

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Where Is Elephant Rock Located On The Gold Coast?

Elephant Rock is located at 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Gold Coast in Queensland. You can find the Google maps location of Elephant Rock here.

Currumbin is located a 50 minute drive north of Byron Bay and just over an hour’s drive south from Brisbane.

There are lots of free parking spots in the SLSC car park next to Elephant Rock, as well as several parking spots along Pacific Parade.

How To Get Up Elephant Rock

The stairs up to Elephant Rock are located just behind the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club (which is also a really good place to get food!).

Go up the external stairs to the Surf Life Saving Club and you’ll see the narrow staircase a bit further along on your right that will take you up to the Elephant Rock viewing platform.

Note that there is no access to the top of Elephant Rock for those with mobility issues. Access is only via a steep narrow staircase (around 30 steps) – make sure to hold onto the handrail as you go up and down.

As the staircase is very narrow, you may have to wait for other people to come up or go down the stairs as it’s not really wide enough for 2 people.

The views both north and south from the viewing deck are really lovely. If you’re visiting between the months of April to October, keep an eye out for any humpback whales!

Is It Free To Climb Up Elephant Rock?

Yes it is absolutely free to climb up Elephant Rock – you just walk up the stairs, there are no barriers so it is always open.

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Why Is Elephant Rock Famous?

Elephant Rock is a significant and important site for the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service. The service is covered by Australian TV networks and news broadcasts.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service starts at 5am, with the march commencing prior to this at 4.35am.

At the western base of Elephant Rock you can find a war memorial plaque to commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflicts and wars.

Elephant Rock History

Elephant Rock is a rock formation which is the remains of ancient volcanic activity. Before being called Elephant Rock, it was named Green Rock by early European visitors and settlers as it was covered in green vines.

Why Is It Called Elephant Rock Currumbin?

The name Green Rock was gradually replaced with the name Elephant Rock as it resembled an elephant sat on the beach looking out to sea. The shape has changed somewhat since.

What Else Is There To Do In Currumbin?

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary



A visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is really fun and you should definitely visit when in the area.

If you don’t want to pay for the entrance fee, you can still go inside the entrance to witness the lorikeet feeding free at 8am and 4pm every day.

Currumbin Alley

Head north up Currumbin Beach to see the Currumbin Rocks and Currumbin Alley. Currumbin Alley is perfect for swimming and paddle boarding as it is sheltered from the big waves of the ocean. 

Where To Stay In Currumbin

There are several accommodation options available in Currumbin to choose from. If you’d prefer to stay in another part of The Gold Coast however, there are plenty of accommodation options available along The Gold Coast from top to bottom.

Accommodation in Currumbin:


The Hill Apartments

Situated in the perfect location across the road from the beach and Currumbin Alley, the two bedroom two bathroom apartments have a balcony with stunning ocean views across The Gold Coast, as well as access to the hot tub, outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities.

Sanctuary Beach Resort

A choice of 2 or 3 bedroom self-contained units set right on the beach. Enjoy direct access to the outdoor pool or beach, as well as the sauna, barbecues and tennis courts.


The Rocks Resort

Self-contained apartments with balconies and ocean views, situated right on the beach. Enjoy access to the heated outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, fitness centre, sauna and tennis courts.

Sandcastles on Currumbin Beach

Located on the beach and surrounded by tropical gardens, these 2 and 3 bedroom apartments have direct beach access, as well as a private balcony and access to the hot tub and swimming pool.

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