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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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