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As any local will attest to, we’re in the midst of a long-term love affair with our coastline, but every now and then we put the car into cruise control, the body on ‘breathe’ and point that sat nav due west. We head to the hills with a picnic packed, travelling ribbon-like roads through a canvas of hills dotted with vineyards, waterfalls, rambling gardens and whispering streams.

Whether you’re looking to recharge the batteries, shift into a healthier gear, get a good dose of nature or just kick back and relax – we’ll have you dialling downtime, in no time. Switch off the stress and slip into holiday mode with an invigorating escape in our blissful backyard. A velvet cloak is waiting to surround you in an oasis of serene emerald green. Welcome to our heavenly hinterland.

Explore Our Gold Coast Natural Attractions and Natural Parks below.

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Currumbin Rock Pools

Currumbin Rock Pools

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Located alongside Currumbin Creek Road, just a short 15-minute drive from the beaches of the Southern Gold Coast, take a dip and cool off at the Currumbin Rock Pools. The pools are suitable for all ages, with shallow sections perfect for the little ones as well as areas to enjoy a quiet picnic under the trees or visit the café conveniently located across the road.

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Elephant Rock is a well-known rock formation located on Currumbin Beach and is the remains of ancient volcanic activity. Beach goers can climb the stairs to a platform at the top of the rock for views of Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. Elephant Rock has become and major and significant site for the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service and houses a war memorial plaque at the western base of the rock.

Evandale Park

Evandale Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Located in the heart of the Gold Coast city, Evandale Parklands surround the Home of The Art (HOTA) precinct and is the perfect location for a stroll, picnic or even a swim. There’s a playground for the children while the adults can enjoy free exercise equipment stations located around the park. The parklands also offer beautiful views of the Nerang River as well as the Surfer Paradise skyline.

Greenmount

Greenmount

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Greenmount is located in Coolangatta beach on the Southern Gold Coast and is an idyllic spot for swimming. Take a stroll along the oceanfront path around Greenmount Point, which is the coastal headland separating the stretch of Coolangatta beach and Rainbow Bay. Experience the Southern Gold Coast on your Gold Coast holiday.

Hollindale Park (Main Beach Pavilion)

Hollindale Park (Main Beach Pavilion)

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Stretching along the Southport Spit, Hollindale Park is a hub for family fun and boasts a number of amenities for a great day out. There are barbecues, picnic tables and shelters available as well as a playground for the kids. Wide pathways wind through the park, which are perfect for walking, running or cycling. For a bite to eat, check out the Southport Surf Life Saving club or the Main Beach Pavilion, both located within the park.

Kirra Point

Kirra Point

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Kirra Point is a small rocky headland, which separates Kirra Beach and the beach side suburb of Coolangatta. Follow the short track to the top of Kirra Hill Lookout for panoramic views of the coastline and get a photo with the iconic Iron Eagle sculpture. Facilities include a barbecue, undercover picnic tables and parking.

Kurrawa Park

Kurrawa Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Kurrawa Park is located in Broadbeach and is a unique playground that caters to children with all abilities. The playground is entirely fenced and features several zones of play including sensory, motor and educational activities to suit varied abilities and ages. There is plenty of shade and seated areas as well as ample parking, barbecues and accessible bathrooms.

Palm Beach Parklands

Palm Beach Parklands

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Known for its iconic pirate ship playground, the Palm Beach Parklands is a go-to spot for families on the Gold Coast. Located next to the equally popular Currumbin Alley, the parklands are a great spot for a friendly game of cricket or enjoy a barbecue with friends. Wide pathways make it the ideal spot for walking or cycling and there is also easy access to the beach, which is dog friendly! Dune café is also located within the parklands offering

Point Danger

Point Danger

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Point Danger is a scenic headland, located on the Southern end of the Gold Coast in Coolangatta and overlooks the popular Duranbah Beach. The headland is home to the Captain Cook Memorial as well as the iconic Point Danger Lighthouse. There is beachside parking, amenity blocks, barbecues, plenty of picnic tables and the headland is just a short walk away from the famous surf spot, Snapper Rocks.

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