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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 planting over 10,000 native plant species to rejuvenate and protect the reserve each year.

Join us on the last Saturday of the month, bi-monthly, with the City’s Beaches to Bushland Landcare Program.


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).

Dog exercise area

This park has an area where dogs may be exercised off-leash but under effective control - refer to the map below for details. Dogs must be walked on leash in all other areas.

Map of dog exercise area (PDF 377kb)

A dog prohibited area is the signed part of a park, reserve, foreshore or beach where dogs are not permitted. Dogs are totally prohibited in all children's playground areas and within 200 metres of all flagged bathing areas. For more information visit our dog exercise areas page.

Park facilities:

  • Dog off leash
  • Walking track

Sports & activities:

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

    • Exploring nature
    • Walking
  • Address

    Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, QLD 4217


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