The Raft Builders of Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

The Raft Builders of Tallebudgera Creek, our latest Gold Coast adventure blog post came about from one of Tagore’s mates asking about the photo at the top of our blog. It led us to taking him down for the same experience, and we realised what brilliant fun it is for the whole family, adults included.

It’s amazing how much fun you can have for absolutely nothing, not a cent. This Wild Family Adventure occurred spontaneously one day when we thought we would go for a swim. We had built a raft before out of logs and vines and when we saw the debris on the shore line we knew that day was suddenly going to turn into one you always remember as we became raft builders.

Ok, so you wouldn’t want to take this one to New Zealand, but for fun transport up and down Tallebudgera Creek you won’t find better, or more fun anyway and best of all we created it.

You can find Tallebudgera Creek as part of our Burleigh National Park Walk.

The best part of the Northern side is that you can grab some shade while the kids play. Slight warning: no flag this side, so if your not a great swimmer try the other bank.

Brad and Rabin at Tallebudgera Creek

So we arrived to this: a pile of wood due to recent floods pushing all that timber down stream. This wasn’t our only find, we were lucky enough to also discover some rope within the debris, it’s amazing what you can discover.

The supply

It was decided that the only thing to do was to get to raft building, Bear Gryls eat you heart out.

early attempts

But not all attempts are successful and sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board.

early attempts

And finally we found a design that seemed to work.

The construction process

And all that was left was a test run.


And it floats, just, but enough to have a brilliant time. The current took Tagore and Tarquin down stream, then I’d drag the raft back for the next ride. Of course there was lots of falling off but that was all part of the fun.

The maiden voyage

And the spectators loved it.

The spectators

Ok, so maybe Bear Grylls wouldn’t escape the heart of the jungle on it but what it teaches the kids is priceless. Problem solving, team work and that you can have fun with a few bits of timber is priceless.


And at the end of the day it’s time to get some well earned rest.

home time

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