From our stunning coastal strip to our bush-clad hinterland and parks, there are many options to explore and discover the natural side of our city. Altogether, the City of Gold Coast boasts 29,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas including more than 1000 hectares of wetland reserves and waterways, hosting a diversity of wildlife and providing a wealth of peaceful places to discover nature.
BEACHES AND WALKS
The Gold Coast is known world-wide for its 52 kilometers of beautiful surf beaches. From South Stradbroke Island and the Spit in the north to Kirra and Snapper Rocks in the south. Along this stretch are 40 patrolled beaches to ensure your safety. There are lots of opportunities to discover the coastline on foot or by bike, using our many foreshore walks and bike ways.
TAMBORINE RAINFOREST SKYWALK
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometer rainforest walking experience which includes the Skywalk Bridge, the 40 meter Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor. Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way.
TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN GLOW WORM CAVE
Come underground on a journey through the spectacular Glow Worm cave! The cave consists of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the “presentation cave”, where you will be shown an audiovisual display on glow-worms. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features and flow stone. From this stunning cave, you will be guided through the magical “glow-worm alley”, filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms! The experience is one you have to see to believe!
GOLD COAST BOTANIC GARDENS
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open year round, from 5am to 7pm each day. It’s free to visit the park, where there’s an experience for everyone – smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, explore our local plants in the Mangroves to Mountains walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden.
O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk
Discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk nestled high within World Heritage-listed National Park. Suitable for guests of all ages, this world’s first suspension bridge provides the opportunity to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range. Stroll along nine suspension bridges for 180 meters at approximately 15 meters above the rainforest floor. Spot epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the treetops.
Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park
Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig. The first view of the falls will take your breath away. Depending on the season, a raging torrent or gentle curtain of water tumbles over huge basalt columns to the pool below. The columns are the legacy of the region’s rich volcanic history.