Currumbin Valley is a rural/residential locality in the Gold Coast hinterland. It is immediately adjacent to the New South Wales border, following the border and the foothills of the Macpherson Range in a south-westerly direction. Beginning about 5 km inland from Currumbin Beach, it extends along the Currumbin Creek Valley for 13 km to the Springbrook National Park.

The few farms in the Currumbin Creek Valley benefited from the railway from Nerang to Tweed Heads (1903), and by 1908 there were sufficient farm children for the opening of the Currumbin Upper provisional school. By the mid-1920s there were banana growers and dairy farms at Currumbin Creek, and between 1925 and 1935 the number of banana growers recorded in the post office directory tripled. Two families, each with three farms between them, were the Freemans and the Nicolls, now remembered by the Nicoll Scrub National Park and Arthur Freeman Lookout.

The Currumbin Creek Road follows the floor of the valley, passing by water pools, the Ecovillage housing estate, the Rainforest Maze and Botanical Garden, the primary school and adjoining rock pools, a Uniting church and a health retreat near the creek's headwaters at Springbrook National Park.

Currumbin Valley's early published census populations seem unreliable because of vagaries in place names and boundaries. However, Currumbin Upper had a recorded population of 81 in 1933.

The cycling course proposed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games goes through the Currumbin Valley. Since 2012 it has been the site for the 'Tour de Valley' cycling event.

Recent census populations for Currumbin Valley have been:

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Currumbin Valley State School: history of the school and district 1908-1988, Currumbin Valley State School, 1988


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