Gold Coast


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


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


What are the standout bushwalking features?


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.


Which maps cover the region?




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

Contact details

City of Gold Coast:

City of Gold Coast Park Finder:

or CoGC Walks-trails:

Walks in Gold Coast

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.

Very Easy
3.5 km return
1 hr

Palm Beach Parklands

There isn’t another location on the Gold Coast that is so diverse, where so many activities can be enjoyed in one concentrated place, from exercising your dog to wind surfing.
Along with this is the beauty of the location, its part of the Currumbin Estuary and Palm Beach Spit and a photographer’s paradise.

Very Easy
500 m return
15 mins

Phil Hill Environmental Park (Jabiru Island Walk)

Boardwalk trough mangroves along the Coomera river.

2.3 km return
1 hr

Rainforest Circuit

A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, with the chance to see whales in winter/spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast.

3.5 km return
45 mins

Schuster Park

Schusters Park is a great spot to take the kids for a quick walk or stay the day for a picnic by the creek. There is lots of room to run around, and a sandy beach to launch kayaks from. Put on some mozzie repellent before exploring the flat trail through the mangroves along the northern peninsula of the park.

800 m return
40 mins

South Nobby Headland

A walk on South Nobby Headland also referred to as Little Burleigh or North Burleigh Headland which is within Mick Schamburg Park . The walk links to Miami Beach via Don Macsween Park and North Burleigh Beach via Ed Hardy Park while enjoying many lookout points with views North to Surfers, East to the Pacific Ocean, South to Burleigh Heads and West to the Gold Coast Hinterland. As well as traversing the Miami Rainbow Stairs.

8 km return
2 hrs

Tallebudgera Creek Circuit

This is a pristine waterway, one of the ‘must do walking tracks’ on the Gold Coast

2.5 km return
45 mins

Tugun Hill Conservation Area

The Tugun Hill Conservation Area is approximately 16 hectares and is managed for conservation purposes.

Very Easy
2 km return
1 hr

Varsity Lakes Wetland Circuit

A short circuit around the wetlands