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Natural Attractions and National Parks


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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Harley Park

Harley Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Why not spend a lazy Sunday on the Broadwater and visit Harley Park? Harley Park is truly one of the greatest parks on the Coast. Magical Broadwater views, a fantastic ship themed kids playground and heaps of shaded picnic tables make this a popular location for local residents. Bring along a picnic rug and relax under the shady trees. There are two playgrounds, with the nautical themed ship playground to the south, and the climbing inspired pl

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

South East Queensland's AUD395 Million Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, later raised 15 metres in 1989 and recently upgraded in 2011. The large embankment and un-gated spillway across the Nerang River provides water security and flood mitigation to the Gold Coast. The catchment area of 207 square kilometres includes the Numinbah Valley and Springbrook Plateau, which pools into a 3700 acre reservoir called Advancetown Lake. This lak

John Laws Park

John Laws Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

John Laws Park offers one of the most magical views anywhere in the world! A stunning park right atop Burleigh Headland, there are views all the way to Surfers Paradise. Each weekend, picnic and barbecues are plentiful with the grassy hill area a popular destination for locals and holidaymakers. Bring your own picnic, or grab a take away meal or coffee from the coffee shops nearby. At the top of Burleigh Hill is the Burleigh Heads National

Justins Park

Justins Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Located right on the foreshore, Justins Park is a great location for kids and adults alike. There are many picnic tables and park bench seats aplenty. Make a day of it and bring a picnic, or grab some fish and chips and soak in the Burleigh atmosphere. The kids playground in Justins Park is a favourite with the littlies - all the traditional favourites are there such as swings, slides and climbing, as well as a balance beam, spinning tea cup an

Kirra Reef Dive Site

Kirra Reef Dive Site

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Not far from Kirra Beach, one of the Gold Coast’s top surfing destinations, is one of its most interesting dive sites; Kirra Reef. Consisting of scattered rocky outcrops covered in kelp fronds, there are scores of hidden gems throughout the reef. Drift from rock to rock and you’ll find marine life everywhere, with morays hiding in the most unexpected places. Kirra Reef is an ideal spot for encounter smaller species like octopus, cuttlefish, nud

Laguna Park

Laguna Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Laguna Park is simply the best kids playground on the Coast! There's a huge array of interactive and fun equipment to suit kids of all ages. Try out the huge adventure playground, pirate ship, heaps of slides and rockers, a pedal power monorail, funny faces interactive boards and heaps more. With so many options for the kids, there is a play space to suit every age. The entire playground is fenced, which is great for the little ones and it also

McIntosh Island Park

McIntosh Island Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

McIntosh Island Park is situated in the middle of Surfers Paradise. An oasis in the midst of high rises, this park is a sanctuary for many! This park has been established for many many years, and most Gold Coasters can remember visiting during their childhood! McIntosh Island Park is a very popular spot for a picnics and gatherings with family and friends. The large park offers many options for your party or gathering, with large trees providing

Mick Schamburg Park

Mick Schamburg Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Enjoy fantastic views from Mick Schamburg Park, atop Miami Headland which separates North Burleigh and Miami beaches. Sweeping beach views to both the north and the south make this a picturesque park. Mick Schamburg Park is a beautiful wedding setting with views across the ocean towards Surfers Paradise in the North and Rainbow Bay in the South. There are grassed, hilltop or boardwalk areas available for your ceremony. An amenities building is

Nerang Mountain Bike Trails

Nerang Mountain Bike Trails

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks Sports and Recreation Facilities

Nerang is 12-kilometres from Surfers Paradise, a few kilometres from the Nerang train station and home to over 1700-hectares of mountain bike terrain. Nerang played host to the mountain bike events for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). For cycling enthusiasts there's much on offer. Load up the mountain bikes and enjoy the excitement of tackling 20-kilometres of designated mountain bike tracks through dry rainforest and open eucal

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