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Federation Walk Coastal Reserve

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The Federation Walk Coastal Reserve includes 70 hectares of vegetation and nearly three kilometres of shoreline. Stretching from Philip Park near Sea World to the Seaway on The Spit, it is one of the few remaining areas with an established dune system on the Gold Coast.

The reserve supports a variety of habitats and is particularly known for its birdlife.

The network of trails through the reserve is used for bushwalking, birdwatching, running and bike riding.

Community partnerships

The Federation Walk project was initiated by the community to conserve and enhance the reserve as a natural public space. The project began in 1999 when the Main Beach Progress Association obtained a Queensland Centenary of Federation grant. The funds were matched by City of Gold Coast, leading to construction of the Federation Walk track and community planting activities.

We work closely with Friends of Federation Walk. As key partners they promote the reserve and host community activities such as planting, weeding and litter clean-ups. Each year volunteers donate around 1800 hours, planting over 2000 native species to rejuvenate and protect the reserve.


Join us on the last Sunday of the month, February to November from 7am to 10am.

More information

For more information about the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve check out our The Spit history, Gold Coast beaches and Gold Coast nature trails web pages.

Download our Federation Walk Coastal Reserve trail maps.

Line map (PDF 221kb)

Terrain map (PDF 140kb)

Download our print-friendly Federation Walk factsheet (PDF 1.85mb).

Visit our Central suburbs - Off-leash dog exercise areas and prohibited areas page for a map of off-leash areas within this reserve (see map for Main Beach / The Spit).

Associated facilities:

  • Dog off leash
  • Scenic viewpoint
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Walking track

Associated sports:

  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Great park for...

    • Exploring nature
    • Walking
  • Address

    Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, QLD 4217


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