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Coastal pathways

With more than 50 kilometres of cycle and walkways along our foreshores, take the opportunity to start exploring our coastal wonderland by foot or bike.

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Gold Coast Oceanway

Explore the Gold Coast’s most world-renowned beaches by foot or bike on this 36-kilometre coastal route.

The Oceanway incorporates:

The Spit

This sand structure separates the Gold Coast Broadwater from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The northern end has one of the Coast’s most popular off-leash dog beaches and is a popular area to sail between Wave Break Island and South Stradbroke Island.

Philip Park

This expansive green space is a popular wedding ceremony location and dog park destination. You’ll find everything you need, from barbecues and picnic tables to fitness stations and showers. There’s a beautiful lagoon here too!

Find out more about Philip Park.

Main Beach

Visit Southport’s closest surf beach or explore the cafés, fine dining and boutiques that line Tedder Avenue.

Macintosh Island Park

Explore one of the Gold Coast’s most popular parks where you’ll find waterfalls, creeks and bridges only metres away from the beach.

Find out more about Macintosh Island Park.

Surfers Paradise

You’ll find everything from shops and dining to amusement parks and attractions, right on the doorstep of one of the world’s most renowned beaches.

Find out more about the Gold Coast Oceanway - Surfers South Upgrade.


Aside from the beautiful beach, shopping centres and restaurants galore, you’ll find an array of parks along the foreshore which stretch across two kilometres. Plenty of playgrounds, barbecues and picnic areas for everyone!

Mermaid Beach

Enjoy the peace and quiet in this stunning part of the coast and grab a bite to eat on the beachfront at the local surf club.


Grab some snaps at the top of Mick Schamburg Park for some amazing coastal views or enjoy a coffee at one of the many cool cafes.

Burleigh Heads

Marked as one of the hotspots for locals and tourists on the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads has it all, from boutique shops and trendy eateries to amazing surf and trails in its National Park.

Palm Beach

Surf culture still well and truly exists in this part of town with super swells and sand for days. Make sure to check out the dining scene while you’re here too!

Find out more about the Gold Coast Oceanway - Palm Beach North Upgrade.


Currumbin has something for everyone, from ideal fishing and swimming spots to wildlife encounters and beachfront dining. Make sure to check out the SWELL Sculpture Festival during September.


Soak up the sun on one of the Gold Coast’s biggest beaches and enjoy the stunning view of the Surfers Paradise skyline.

The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway opened in December 2018 and includes new seating, bike racks, path lighting and beach showers.

Since the opening of this section of the Oceanway, its popularity with residents and visitors has exceeded all expectations. The Tugun to Bilinga lighting upgrade will enhance the user experience during the evenings. It will improve safety and accessibility and promote active travel to surrounding destinations, aligning with the City's Active Transport Strategy.


Here you can hop off a plane and walk mere minutes to the beach for some rays. You’ll find smaller, safer surf conditions here too.


Escape the hustle and bustle here on the border of New South Wales. Enjoy pristine beaches and the perfect conditions for fishing, swimming and diving. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins and whales during winter.

Point Danger

Stand on either side of the state border here and get your ocean view fix. With famous surf destination Snapper Rocks straddling the border, ride the waves from Queensland to New South Wales.

View live beach cams and beach conditions, and find out more about our coastal projects.

Find events and things to do along the coast.

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