It was named by Sir Leslie Wilson, in which he used the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning Place of flying foxes. Currimundi is famous for its lake. Currimundi Lake is a saltwater lake that it situated right beside Currimundi Beach. Currimundi Lake runs into more of a river further down and is a good fishing spot. Nicklin Way goes across Ahern Bridge to pass Currimundi Lake. Once over that bridge you are in Wurtulla. The Ahern Bridge was named after John Ahern, who was once a fire fighter and saved a lot of lives. He also won a bravery award. Currimundi attracts a lot of tourists in the holidays and the beach is patrolled by life guards on weekends and school holidays.
Within Currimundi there are 2 public schools, Currimundi Primary and Talara Primary College. The closest high schools are Caloundra State High, Kawana State College and Meridan State College. There is also a variety of private schools including Caloundra Cristian College, Pacific Lutheren College, Unity College and Caloundra City School. Boating on the lake is not as common as it once was, with the wider lake section having silted up somewhat in the late 1970s, reducing the previously high level of sail boat activity, and with the sking area at the boat ramp having been shut down in the 1980s. The boat ramp on the Lara Street end of Westaway Parade though remains, allowing small boats to explore the lake and its tributaries and search for fishing spots.
Beaches, Currimundi Lake and parklands
There is a shopping centre at Currimundi called the Currimundi Markets. There are many shops including Woolworths, Supercheap, Video 2000, Blockbuster Video, Crazy Clarks, Flight Centre and also a lot of take-away food shops such as McDonalds, Red Rooster and Subway. Coco's Beach Store is also a popular shop. It is located next to the beach and it sells everything from hamburgers to ice-creams.
Known for its patrolled beach and lake, as well as the Currimundi Outdoor Recreation Centre located on 21.85 ha of foreshore land north of Caloundra, Currimundi has been very popular with both investors and renovators. Renovators have been very active in the area and many houses have been returned to their former glory.
Housing in the suburb is mostly detached, with post-war and chamferboard properties, as well as more modern brick and tile houses available. Units and townhouses have also begun to spring up in the area. Although residents have limited amenities with a supermarket and a few retail outlets, Currimundi does has its own markets and and there are new facilities at Kawana Waters, just north in Wurtulla and Bokarina. Currimundi School offers primary education and Currimundi special school is just over the border in Dicky Beach.
Post Code 4551, Distance to Brisbane CBD = 91km