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Our natural environment

The City of Gold Coast offers a range of active and passive ways to enjoy our beautiful environment.

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Our natural environment

A creek and small waterfall surrounded by rainforest

The Gold Coast offers a huge range of active and passive ways to enjoy our beautiful environment.

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 some 29,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas. This includes more than 1000 hectares of wetland reserves and waterways corridors, hosting a diversity of wildlife and providing a wealth of peaceful places to discover nature.

Rainforests and bushwalking

The Gold Coast is one of the most biodiverse cities in Australia. With over 100,000 hectares of world heritage-listed rainforests, there is an abundance of natural flora and fauna for you to explore.

Some of the most popular national parks, Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, are on our doorstep.

To find a park or forest, visit the Queensland Government's Parks and forests website.

Bushwalking tracks provide a great way to explore the beauty of the Gold Coast's natural environment while being active and healthy. Visit our Bushwalking page to find out about the great bushwalking trails around the coast and the hinterland.

For more rainforest and bushwalking ideas, visit DestinationGoldCoast.

Beaches and walks

The Gold Coast is known world-wide for its 52 kilometres 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.

Our beaches and coastal waterways are used for a range of recreational activities – from surfing, stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing to swimming, walking and fishing.

There are lots of opportunities to discover the coastline on foot or by bike, using our many foreshore walks and bikeways, including the 36-kilometre Gold Coast Oceanway network from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to Point Danger in Coolangatta.

Parks and waterways

With over 3800 parks and reserves across the Gold Coast, there are many hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered!

There's an experience for everyone at the beautiful Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, the Broadwater Parklands and Palm Beach Parklands, just to name a few. Pack a picnic, grab your friends and family, and explore our very own natural playgrounds. Parks are a place of adventure and discovery, peace and tranquillity, recreation and play. So what are you waiting for? Go and discover your own little piece of nature.

Use our Park Finder to find a park near you, or search by facility to find a park that meets your needs. Discover our top nature parks, our great scenic parks, our favourite kids parks, as well as our tips for the best open spaces to exercise and get fit, go bushwalking, horse riding, walk the dog or find a BMX track, or get together for a barbecue with friends and family.

Our parks and recreation pages will also help you discover ways to access and enjoy some of the sites purchased through City of Gold Coast's Open Space Preservation Levy (OSPL), which has enabled the City to secure thousands of hectares of the most ecologically and strategically significant natural areas to protect them and the precious wildlife habitats they provide.

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