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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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Nerang National Park and State Forest

Nerang National Park and State Forest

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Only 12 kilometres from the heart of Surfers Paradise, Nerang National Park and State Forest offer a peaceful sanctuary where you can relax, unwind and refresh in nature. Popular with locals and visitors, this park and forest form a green backdrop to the township of Nerang in the Gold Coast hinterland. Enjoy a scenic bushwalk on the Casuarina grove track along the creek (2.7 kilometre return). Set out on a relaxing horseride on the network of

Nine Mile Reef Dive Site

Nine Mile Reef Dive Site

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Nine Mile Reef, off Tweed Heads, has a reputation among locals as being a “sharky” spot. All year long, a good population of wobbegongs call the reef home, but are joined by leopard sharks in summer and grey nurse sharks in winter. But other shark species drop in from time to time, including bull sharks, bronze whalers and even the occasional hammerhead. The top of the reef sits at about 10 metres deep, dropping to 30 metres with the drop-off cov

Numinbah Valley Adventure  Camping

Numinbah Valley Adventure Camping

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks Sports and Recreation Facilities

Numinbah Valley Adventures operates a 2,500 acre privately owned cattle property in the Gold Coast hinterland in the heart of the beautiful Numinbah Valley. Camping for all levels swag to caravan . Wake up to the sounds of nothing but nature when you camp on the banks of the Nerang River surrounded by beautiful river flats sitting around an open fire with a few drinks under the stars. Swimming in the picturesque rock pools and fresh waterholes

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Palm Beach Reef, located close to its namesake beach on the Gold Coast, is a large reef of varying depths, perfect for any diver. With sections of the area as shallow as five metres, and other sections dropping to depths of 24 metres, there are lots of different environments here to explore. Rocky outcrops and several large bommies are covered in a wide variety of soft corals and sponges, inhabited by an abundance of sea life – larger creatures s

Paradise Point Parklands

Paradise Point Parklands

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Paradise Point Parklands are the perfect location for taking a stroll, rolling out the picnic rug, enjoying the playground amenities or simply relaxing whilst overlooking Gold Coast's tranquil Broadwater. Amazing views make this one of the most beautiful parks on the Gold Coast. The winding walkway through the Parklands provides a great way to start exploring the many features on offer. The Parklands have upgraded public amenities, barbecue fac

Pat Fagan Park

Pat Fagan Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Pat Fagan Park is a beautiful beachside park at the southern end of the Gold Coast, boasting views all the way to Surfers Paradise. It features a great drive up car park and walkway and is also a very popular wedding ceremony location with green leafy tree surrounds. The beautiful Coolangatta beach is just steps away for great photo opportunities.

Pine Ridge Conservation Park

Pine Ridge Conservation Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Discover one of the last remaining wallum banksia stands on the Gold Coast in this small park featuring banskia woodland, heath and paperbark swamp forests. While dune vegetation on the Gold Coast has all but disappeared due to urban development, the remaining patch of wallum heath protected in this small park is culturally important to the Kombumerri-Ngarangwal people. Here you can escape the city's hustle and bustle on a stroll or cycle. Strol

Pizzey Park

Pizzey Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Pizzey Park is a haven for sports lovers! No matter your age or interest, there is sure to be a sport to suit you in the Pizzey Park precinct. There is a multitude of sports on offer including rugby league, rugby union, tennis, swimming, softball, netball, an athletics track, gymnastics and many more. Numerous clubs operate in Pizzey Park, which is a hub of activity every afternoon and weekend. There is even a skate and BMX park sure to keep

Rungulla National Park

Rungulla National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Rungulla National Park, 116 kilometres south west of Forsayth in north western Queensland, boasts a wide range of sandstone formations, including outcrops of large sculpted caves and pagoda-like sandstone features. In the drier months, you can use the sandy bed of the wide Gilbert River as a walking path to explore the park. Look for tracks of wildlife in the sand and relax in the welcome shade of overhanging riparian trees. The Gilbert River

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