Best Gold Coast Walks

Boardwalk at Palm Beach ParklandsIf you like self guided walks, you have come to the right place.The Gold Coast is a wonderful place to walk and thousands of visitors come here each year to do just that.

Experiencing the Gold Coast on foot is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast.

With over 70 kilometres/43 miles of pristine beaches this region is a beach walker’s paradise, in fact many of the walks featured the local don’t know about.

Miami Beach

In addition the Gold Coast Hinterland with its subtropical rainforest opens up a whole new world of bush walking. For those of you who build their holiday vacations around walking trails or local Gold Coasters who want to see their own backyard and keep fit, the Gold Coast offers a diverse walking experience.

  • Hiking trails
  • Wetlands
  • Boardwalks
  • Beach walking


The Oceanway features a  network of 36 kilometres/22 miles of walks developed by the Gold Coast City Council and this is a perfect place to start.

Many are mapped and the details are available on the GC City Council’s website.

“The pathways provide healthy and environmentally-friendly ways for pedestrians and cyclists to explore the renowned beaches of the Gold Coast”..

This network of walking paths meanders along the coastline stretching from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to Point Danger Lighthouse Coolangatta to the south, in addition a pathway continues over the New South Wales border down to Duranbah Beach and Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Quote – Gold Coast City Council Oceanway

Walkers don’t recognise borders they just continue forward to their destination.

Palm Beach Gold Coast

Walking Trails

The network meanders along the coastline and features many terrains from windswept points to quiet bays, boardwalks and through mangroves.

In addition there are brief walks along sandy foreshores to admire million dollar properties or a stroll along quaint Jefferson Lane Palm Beach and Hedges Avenue Mermaid Beach.

The Gold Coast Hinterland and Northern NSW features hundreds of self guided trails from boardwalks through dense lush rainforest to gruelling bush walking trails only suitable for experienced bush walkers.

Plan Your Own Walking Tour

If you are holidaying on the Gold Coast or planning to holiday here, your visit can be built around Gold Coast walks and Hinterland bush walking.

The coast is best seen on foot! So plan a self guided holiday before you arrive.

Accommodation is available to suit every price range from low budget Motels, Backpackers, Caravan Parks to five star accommodation.

The Hinterland features secluded retreats where you can enjoy being pampered surrounded by subtropical rainforest, and just the right location to explore the walking trails.

Only minutes away is the ‘green behind the gold’ an old tourism slogan referring to the subtropical rainforest behind the famous beach strip.

This is particularly true if you are vacationing on the southern end of the coast, easy access via Currumbin or Palm Beach to a network of roads, where you can explore beautiful Currumbin Valley and  Springbrook National Park Mount Cougal Section.

If a scenic drive on winding mountain roads with spectacular views is your thing, take a scenic drive on the Tomewin Mountain Road, over Currumbin Valley this road skirts beautiful Northern New South Wales on route 97 and then swings back into Queensland along the Nerang Murwillumbah Road (route 97) and through the Numinbah Valley.

Springbrook National Park

Mount Cougal View from the Summit

Springbrook National Park is a must do drive for visitors and locals, you will be traveling on winding mountain roads but the prize it worth the effort.

Best of all Lookout is spectacular, the view incredible… you can see right to the Pacific Ocean, and Northern New South Wales to the south. For hiking Springbrook Plateau is one of the things you must do while visiting here.

Bush Walks on the Gold Coast… Want a Challenge?

Mount Cougal trail is only for the experienced bushwalker, the trail is virtually an unmarked track following the Queensland and New South Wales border fence. The views are spectacular on the grassy plateaus  and the eastern summit of Mt Cougal is breathtaking, however this is only for the experienced. 

Mount Warning climb is another popular bush walking track although it is in northern New South Wales it should be part of your Gold Coast activities. The drives around Murwillumbah with Mount Warning dominating the landscape are spectacular, and one that should be put on your holiday schedule.

Pet Friendly Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has numerous pet friendly areas to exercise your dog; it’s also pet friendly when it comes to bringing your pooch on holiday with you, so there is no excuse not to walk your dog here or bring your pet on holiday.

There are a number of beaches and parks where every member of the family including the family pet can enjoy a day out.

Just visit the pages on the right  entitled  ‘Dog Walking‘.


Experience the Gold Coast on foot..