Gold Coast

Summary

The tourism capital of Australia. Although visitors may know the Gold Coast for its beaches and theme parks, locals are known to have an active lifestyle so the council has provided plenty of accessible parks and the GC hinterland also isn't too bad either.

Popular Walks

History

The GC used to be a swamp filled with mangroves till all the residential buildings popped up.

Features

What are the standout bushwalking features?

Access

Just 1 hour south of Brisbane or catch a flight to Coolangatta in which case you'll have arrived at the most southern part of the GC.

Maps

Which maps cover the region?

Accommodation

Camping

Other

As the Gold Coast thrives off tourism there are plenty of accomodation options available.

Contact details

City of Gold Coast: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/Home

City of Gold Coast Park Finder: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/Things-to-do/Parks-gardens-reserves/Park-Finder

or CoGC Walks-trails: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/Things-to-do/Walks-trails

Walks in Gold Coast

Easy
1 km return
15 mins

Arthur Earle Park river walk

Short smooth walk along the Nerang river

Hard
9.5 km return
4 hrs

Bally Mountain

Ascend Bally Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Easy
4.15 km return
1 hr

Boat Harbour, Point Danger and North Tweed Circuit

This return walk travels through the Rainbow Bay, Point Danger, the QLD/NSW border and Duranbah Beach (North Tweed). The entire circuit is paved.

Easy
3 km return
45 mins

Elanora Wetlands

Elanora Wetlands Habitat is a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) reserve in the upstream estuarine reaches of Tallebudgera Creek. Adjacent to tidal wetlands, a scenic walking track follows the perimeter of the Water Quality Control Centre (WQCC). There are excellent views of mangroves and saltmarsh vegetation along the track where they form a thin fringe along the creek.

Medium
900 m return
20 mins

Ernest Junction Tunnel

This track follows the remnants of the South Coast Railway. With a short trail walk to the tunnel.

Easy
6 km
2 hrs

Federation Walk

This is an easy 3km walk (6km if you go to the end and back) along a well made path through the sand dunes of The Spit. It's perhaps the closest walk to Surfers Paradise and provides a unique insight into the coastal dune network.
The walk starts at the beach carpark on the opposite side of the road from the entrance to Sea World (you'll need to go around the roundabout to get to the carpark). It's basically a 3km stretch of sand dunes, beach and sheoak trees and the path is made of compacted gravel, so it's easy to walk on. There are a couple of small inclines, but nothing too dramatic. The path ends at the Gold Coast Seaway where, on a clear day, you can get an excellent view south down the beach along the entire stretch of the Gold Coast right down to Coolangatta. You can then turn around and walk 3km back, or have someone pick you up at the end.
Take plenty of water on a hot day because there are only amenities at the start and finish of the walk and parts of the track have no shade.

Easy
4 km return
2 hrs

Gorge Falls

A walk from the end of Tallebudgera Road upstream to Gorge Falls and waterhole

Easy
5 km return
90 mins

Hinterland Regional Park

A series of several short tracks which can make up a decent distance. A beautiful regional park situated in Mudgeeraba. The parklands cover 62 hectares and are a great location to undertake a range of recreational activities, or to just sit back and enjoy nature.

This parkland was the first Mudgeeraba land to be settled by Europeans in 1869. The original vegetation has been highly modified in the past 140 years as a result of: clearing timber cutting for sawmills and fence posts and rails, grazing by beef and dairy cattle, construction of water pipelines and power lines, invasion by introduced pasture legumes and escapees from gardens, and dam construction.

Medium
1.4 km return
30 mins

Mount Wongawallan

With multiple entrances to the reserve, it's your choice if you want a long or short walk either way there will be steep gradients. Once reaching the top of Mt Wongawallan you can find a deep hole, (assumed to be an old mine shaft) and a bit beyond that a wonderful lookout looking towards the Gold Coast Skyline.

Easy
1.2 km one-way
30 mins

Oceanview Walk

This track leads around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of Burleigh Heads township.

You can look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns, and relax by the creek at Echo Beach. You can either return by the same path or via the Rainforest circuit and Tumgun lookout.