Many travellers use the entry to Nerang as the benchmark that they have arrived at the Gold Coast. Indeed, it’s like a golden gateway with the beaches to the east and the hinterland to the west. Punctuated by the beautiful Nerang River, this suburb has come a long way since its waterway was named “little” by its original Indigenous inhabitants. The river itself is a popular place for picnics, boating and fishing with a platform at Arthur Earle Park allowing easy access to catch the bream, flathead, whiting and trevally which inhabit these waters. Despite being inland, water seems to be the theme of Nerang, which is also home to Hinze Dam and its recreational facilities with state-of-the-art interpretative centre; lakeside parks; walking, bike and horse trails; and barbecue areas. A historic river mill built in 1910, with a café along the banks of the river, is also a highlight of a visit here. The river may be little, but Nerang’s heart is big.