City of Gold Coast's (City) network of green trails along the city's beaches and waterways continues to grow. Sustainable access to the city's foreshores through green transport is a key tool in planning for sustainable growth.
Increased foot power will be needed in future, with more people walking and cycling, if the community is to continue to enjoy high quality access to the city's beaches and waterways.
Cycle and walkways are considered healthy not only for the environment but also for individuals.
The National Heart Foundation recommends people include 30 minutes or more of moderately intense physical activity on most if not all days of the week. Walking 10,000 steps each day is a proven way of maintaining healthy weight and fitness. Walking or cycling along the Gold Coast's foreshoreways is a great way to be active.
But the increasing demand for clean, green ways of using the Gold Coast's beaches and waterways requires an increase in sustainable infrastructure to support it.
The City has published a series of plans and brochures promoting sustainable travel, including walking and cycling along the Oceanway.
Gold Coast Broadwaterway
The Gold Coast Broadwaterway is a 22 kilometre network of pathways around the foreshores of the Gold Coast Broadwater.
The Broadwaterway incorporates the Marine Stadium, Gold Coast Seaway, The Spit, Pelican Beach at Main Beach, the Southport Broadwater Parklands, foreshores of Labrador, Harley Park and Biggera Waters, the Broadwater Esplanades of Runaway Bay and Hollywell, and the foreshores of Paradise Point.
For those who enjoy a swim, there are great swimming areas at the Marine Stadium, Southport, Harley Park and Paradise Point. For the anglers, great fishing spots include the Gold Coast Seaway, Gold Coast Highway Bridge at Barney Street, Loders Creek, Biggera Creek, the Runaway Bay canal entrances, the bridges at Ephraim Island and Sovereign Islands and the Anne Jackson Park frontage of the Coomera River.
The Surfers Riverwalk is a nine kilometre network of pathways along the foreshores of the Nerang River and Little Tallebudgera Creek.
The Surfers Riverwalk incorporates the Gold Coast Highway crossing of the Nerang River at Main Beach (just south of Australia Fair Shopping Centre), Macintosh Island, Budds Beach, Surfers Central Riverwalk, Cascade Gardens, Gold Coast Convention Centre, Casino Island and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Highlights include the Surfers Central wharf at Cavill Avenue, a flying fox colony and the Kokoda Memorial Trail at Cascade Gardens, Bigfoot's Cave at Macintosh Island, swimming areas at Budds Beach, Macintosh Island and Pacific Fair parklands.
Future of foreshoreways
If tourist and resident lifestyles are to remain sustainable as population grows its important that the average footprint of visitors to Gold Coast foreshores reduces.
A great way of reducing your coastal footprint is to travel along our foreshoreways as a pedestrian or cyclist. Walking and cycling is also a way to be healthy and active.
City of Gold Coast is investing to increase the capacity of foreshoreways throughout the city.
Improved pathways have recently been constructed along:
- the Southern Points (Kirra to Point Danger)
- Broadbeach (Kurrawa Park to 1st Avenue)
- The Spit (Mirage Hotel to Sea World)
- Broadwaterway at Paradise Point and Southport
- Bilinga Oceanway
- underpasses at Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
- lighting for the Burleigh Oceanway
- Surfers Central Oceanway.