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5 Perfect Walks on The Gold Coast

  • January 12, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
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5 Perfect Walks on The Gold Coast

Queensland’s Gold Coast isn’t just about golden sandy beaches, thrilling theme parks and vibrant nightlife. For those of you who like to get out into the great outdoors and keep active during your visit to the Gold Coast there are plenty of walking tracks. Here are what I consider to be 5 perfect walks on the Gold Coast.

So pack your walking shoes, shorts and Fitbit for a walk around the scenic Gold Coast:

1. Burleigh Headland Walk

Burleigh Heads National Park, with entrances at Burleigh Headland or the northern side of the Tallebudgera Creek Bridge, offers scenic walks and a lush rainforest to explore. If you start on the Burleigh Heads side and take the walk through the National Park, you will end up following the shores of Tallebudgera Creek and if you are so inclined, you could end up with your own private beach to have a swim and cool off.

There are a few options for walks across the headland, including a flatter track tracing the shoreline around the hill or a more challenging walk up to the top of the hill which has several spots to stop and take in the magnificent views over Burleigh Beach and Tallebudgera Estuary.

Waling Path through Burleigh Headland National Park

Walking Path through Burleigh Headland National Park

2. Tallebudgera Creek Walk

To access the Tallebudgera Creek Boardwalk drive out along West Burleigh Road, to Tallebudgera Creek Park and David Fleay Wildlife Park, a popular spot to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife. There is a boardwalk here that forms part of the walking track (1.5 km long) that ends at Burleigh Heads.

Tallebudgera Creek Boardwalk

Tallebudgera Creek Boardwalk

Along the boardwalk, there are excellent examples of mature grey mangroves, some growing amongst natural exposed rock formations at the far end. These, and the stilt mangroves, are inundated by clear ocean waters. There are wonderful views of Tallebudgera Creek through the mangroves, and of the creek mouth at the end of the boardwalk. Along the walk, there are useful interpretive signs with information on mangrove ecology and physiology, fisheries value and indigenous use.

Views of Tallebudgera Creek from Boardwalk

Views of Tallebudgera Creek from Boardwalk

3. Kirra to Point Danger Walk

The Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36-kilometre network of coastal pathways stretching from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta).

One of my favourite segments of the oceanway is the North Kirra to Point Danger stretch. Commencing at North Kirra Surf Club you follow the oceanway past Kirra Beach, around Kirra Point to Marine Parade, Coolangatta.

Kirra Point

The path winds through the Coolangatta Beachfront Parklands until Greenmount, where you walk around the point to the gorgeous little bay of Rainbow Bay; past Snapper Rocks – where the Quiksilver Pro is held on stop one of the World Series Surfing contest. Then the track takes you up a steep incline to Point Danger where you will be rewarded with majestic views; south towards Duranbah and Fingal Beach; north towards Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay.

At the top of Point Danger is a Lighthouse, the state border of Queensland and New South Wales and a fabulous little cafe/gallery, Cafe D’Bar where you can stop for refreshments.

Point Danger

There are nine segments of the oceanway that make walking easy and enjoyable with navigable timber and stainless steel distance marker posts that provide information about where you are along the oceanway.

For further information visit City of Gold Coast

4. Beree Badalla Boardwalk to Currumbin Beach

A popular cycling, running, and walking track alongside Currumbin Creek is the Beree Badalla Boardwalk that winds through the small Beree Badalla Mangrove Reserve on the northern side of the creek. You can start the walk at the Palm Beach Pirate Park and follow the path that runs under the Currumbin Estuary Bridge to the boardwalk.

The boardwalk forms part of a well maintained, 2m wide walk along the banks of Currumbin Creek, passing through healthy mangrove communities growing mostly in sand. The extensive tidal flats are covered at high tide by beautiful turquoise waters flooding through the mangroves dominated by Avicennia.

Currumbin Creek

The path ends at the old Currumbin Creek Bridge where you can cross to the southern side and continue the walk along the creek all the way to Currumbin Alley and Beach.

5. Southport Spit Walk

At the end of Southport Spit, Federation Walk meanders along the sand dunes on the ocean side, stretching from the Seaway to Main Beach. It is an easy 3km walk on crushed sandstone path that also attracts mountain bike riders and joggers.

Southport Spit & Sand Pumping Jetty

The track is a somewhat secluded path which weaves in and out of the beautiful natural, dune scrub area of The Spit. Midway along the walk you will come to some seating called, ‘The Learning Place’ that was erected for students taking part in environmental educational programs of the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.

Federation Walk, Southport Spit

Federation Walk, Southport Spit

The Gold Coast does offer some of the most beautiful scenic walks in our country and that is without venturing into our Hinterland. Make sure you get out and enjoy these wonderful walking paths on your next visit.

Do you have a favourite walking path in your town or city?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Johanna from Lifestyle Fifty
Deb from Debbish
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


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By 50 Shades, January 12, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

32 Comments
  • Amy @ Handbagmafia
    January 12, 2017

    Queensland has some stunning places to offer, that’s for sure!

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      It does indeed Amy. I never tire of seeing these stunning coastal and water views around the Gold Coast. :)

  • Jo tracey
    January 12, 2017

    Oh I love posts about walks. Some of your pics took me back to our family holidays on the gold coast. In fact (& don’t tell anyone else) I’m sure I fell in love (or at least in crush) for the first time at that spot at Kirra…our secret, remember?

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      Thanks Jo. Maybe it’s just me, but I always love to know the best walking paths at a new holiday destination. Walking to me is the best way of seeing your surrounds and keeping fit at the same time. Love your first crush story. Mum’s the word! :)

  • Deborah
    January 12, 2017

    This is great Kathy! I think I tagged you recently when someone I knew was on the Sunshine Coast and looking for some walks / hikes… this is a great resource.

    I have only been to the Coast once in many many years but love the idea that one can do a bit of enjoyable exercise while there!!!

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      Thanks Deb. I love a good walk and it is always enjoyable when the views are breathtaking as there are on many of these paths. I also enjoy walking a lot when I’m on holidays. :)

  • Kerrie
    January 12, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your favourite walks! I loved reading about them And will keep them in mind for when I’m up there next!

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      There are so many great walks on the Gold Coast, particularly in the hinterland. Maybe these can be part two of perfect walks on the Gold Coast! #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue
    January 12, 2017

    Gorgeous photos Kathy. I’m aiming to do all of these in 2017. We have such a beautiful country and although I’m living in Brisbane and the Gold Coast at the moment, I haven’t really explored what is in my own backyard. We should organise a walk together. Have a great week and thanks for the link up.

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      I would love to show you one of my fave walks Sue. It would be a pleasure! Our country is spectacular and I never tire of the gorgeous views upon these walks. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Vanessa
    January 12, 2017

    I haven’t done the Burleigh headland in so many years, but I have very distinct memories of it as a kid.

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      The Burleigh Headland is the one I do most as it is within walking distance from my home. It is extremely popular, but always very scenic. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 12, 2017

    Such gorgeous photo’s Kathy. The only one of those walks I’ve done is the first one – the Burleigh Headland Walk. I’ve done that one many, many times and love it! I’d love to do every walk on your list and thank you for bringing them to my attention! I particularly like the look of the Tallebudgera Creek Walk – how gorgeous does it look?!! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      Yes the Burleigh Headland walk is extremely popular and I do this walk a few times a week, being so close to where I live. Tallebudgera Creek walk is also a good one, which reminds me I need to do this one again soon! :)

  • Leanne|crestingthehill.com.au
    January 12, 2017

    I love your photos Kathy – they are such a great collection of images about why Australia is so beautiful and how lucky we are to live here. There’s nothing like a walk on shaded path with a beautiful view to nourish the soul is there?

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2017

      Thanks Leanne. I never leave home without my iPhone and love to take shots as I walk around these beautiful spots on the Gold Coast. We are extremely fortunate to have such beauty on our doorstep. Walking is the best therapy! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    January 12, 2017

    What some stunning walks and fabulous photos. Makes me want to hop on a plane and come to Queensland – as I haven’t done any of them. Yay for mobile phones – I wouldn’t be without mine. #teamlovinlife

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017

      There are some stunning walks on the Gold Coast. I really enjoy getting out and about all year round with my iPhone camera. :)

  • Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project
    January 12, 2017

    Love all your walks Kathy. I”ve done most of them. My favourite is definitely the coastal walk from Kirra to Pt Danger, which I do regularly. We are so blessed to live in this beautiful part of the world :) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017

      I imagine that you would have done most of these walks Lyndall. Yes I think the Kirra to Pt Danger walk is my favourite as well. :)

  • All Around Oz
    January 12, 2017

    Couple of spots there that are on my list to check out. I’ve done the start of the Federation Walk. It’s very pretty.

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017

      Yes you will have to come down my end of the coast and do some walks Mel. The scenery really is amazing on the Gold Coast. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 13, 2017

    All these wonderful walks!
    At the Gold Coast I often stay with my aunt at Tugun so I’ll walk from Tugun to Coolengatta with a breakfast stop and Kirra. Such a beautiful part of the world.
    #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017

      You would know exactly what I’m talking about in terms of gorgeous scenery along the Gold Coast Oceanway then Leanne. I do feel blessed to live here. :)

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    January 13, 2017

    What a beautiful collection of ideas for walks, Kathy!

    One day, I will walk one of them, one day. Until then, I have your photos!

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017

      Thanks SSG! I think at least one of these walks is a must do when you visit the Gold Coast. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • budgettraveltalk
    January 13, 2017

    I’ve done walks 1 and 2 and I hope I get to do the others one day. You are so lucky to live at Burleigh Heads Kathy! Love those Pelican statues.

    • Kathy
      January 14, 2017

      Burleigh Heads is a great place to live, however it does get very crowded and congested during peak holiday times. Sometimes it is difficult to get a park outside my own house! I must admit that walking is integral to my wellbeing and I love nothing better than walking by the beach or creeks of the Gold Coast. You have some great walks at Coolum too Jan. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Lyn @ A Hole in my Shoe
    January 15, 2017

    I’ve not been to the Gold Coast so never done any of these walks, but on my list for when I do get there is the boardwalk at Currumbin as I especially love the pelicans.

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2017

      You must visit the Gold Coast Lyn. There are a few less frequented and uncrowded areas of the Gold Coast that you would truly enjoy. The pelican statues were part of the Swell Art Festival that is an annual event on Currumbin Beach. They were moved to the banks of the Currumbin Creek permanently a few years ago and this location really suits them. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    January 15, 2017

    Walking is the best thing ever. It doesn’t put stress on joints for one thing. I despise uphill walks but know they’re good for me. Great round up of walks Kathy. I’ll be investigating some of these!

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2017

      Anytime you feel like a walk Michelle give me a holler and I’ll show you around. Of course coffee afterwards is mandatory! :) #TeamLovinLife

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