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Best Bushwalks on the Gold Coast

Best Bushwalks on the Gold Coast

Updated June 9, 2022

Despite being renowned for its beaches, the Gold Coast also serves up some of the best natural highlights that can only be truly appreciated on foot.

From the coast to the hinterland, this is your guide to the top bushwalks to give you some great ideas for your next Gold Coast getaway.

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1. Natural Bridge

Distance: 1km

Nestled in Springbrook National Park is one of the Gold Coast’s finest natural gems, Natural Arch. Formed by the force of the water on the basalt rock, the waterfall now falls into the heart of a cave that also houses of the region’s most spectacular colonies of glow worms. The cave is easily accessible and is just a 1km return trip amongst the stunning fauna and is worth a visit during the day and the evening.

Location Icon Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, QLD 4211

Location Icon 360º tour of the Natural Bridge

Bushwalks Gold Coast The Natural Bridge Springbrook National Park

© Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

2. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Distance: 1.5km

Featuring forest floor trails, 300 metres of steel bridges amongst the canopy and a 40-metre cantilever bridge, this is one of the most exciting and unique ways to experience the Gold Coast hinterland. Just 1.5km in length, the entire circuit takes 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and offers picture-perfect views of Tamborine Mountain from 30 metres above the creek and rainforest below.

Location Icon 333 Geissmann Drive, Mt Tamborine, QLD 4272

Location Icon 360º tour of the Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

© Photo courtesy of Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

3. Burleigh Headland

Distance: 2.3km return

Get the best of both worlds on the Burleigh Headland walk, from rainforest one minute to world-class views of our iconic coastline the next. This walk is a favourite for both locals and visitors, enticing them with some of the best coastal views on offer. Take the 2.3km return rainforest track or the 1.3km Oceanway walk to Tumgun lookout and uncover sweeping views of the southern Gold Coast as far as the eye can see.

Location Icon Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220

Location Icon 360º tour of Burleigh Head National Park

Bushwalks Gold Coast Burleigh Headlands National Park

© Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

4. Curtis Falls

Distance: 1.1km

Embark on an enchanting 1.1km walk through Tamborine Mountain’s towering gums and wet eucalypt forests to Curtis Falls, a raging curtain of water that plummets into the pool below. You will not only be captivated by the falls, but may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of basking turtles and even the local platypus as they play in the pool below.

Location Icon Dapsang Drive, Eagle Heights, QLD 4271

Location Icon 360º tour of Curtis Falls viewing platform

Bushwalks Gold Coast Mount Tamborine

© Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

5. Cougal Cascades

Distance: 1.6km

The journey to the Cougal Cascades is just as breathtaking as the destination. At the end of the scenic Currumbin Creek Road in Currumbin Valley is one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful waterfalls. Situated in Springbrook National Park, take a short 1.6km bushwalk amongst the cool mountain air to the cascading falls. This walk is suitable for all ages and with a wide bitumen path, makes for easy wheelchair access.

Location Icon End Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley, QLD 4223

Location Icon 360º tour of Cougal Cascade

6. Moran Falls

Distance: 6.2km

The Morans Falls track starts near Lamington National Park’s information centre. Take a short stroll into the subtropical rainforest of booyongs, figs and brush box to the lookout, from where you will get an excellent view of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge. Plummeting 80 metres to the valley floor, Morans Falls fluctuates between a thunderous roar after rain, to a gentle trickle in the drier months.

Location Icon Moran Creek Rd, Fairyland QLD 4413

Location Icon 360º tour of Moran Falls

© Photo by Stephen Waller @swaller4 via Instagram

7. Purling Brook Falls

Distance: 4km return

Spectacular waterfalls and cool ancient forests await you in the beautiful rainforest of Springbrook National Park. On this beautiful circuit walk, in the Springbrook Plateau section of the park, pass through open eucalypt forest, before descending into the gorge to view the falls from below. After crossing the suspension bridge a steady climb through the forest will bring you back to the picnic area, making this walk slightly more challenging. We recommend allowing for 2h of walking time.

Location Icon Forestry Rd, Springbrook QLD 4213

Location Icon 360º tour of Purling Brook Falls

© Photo by @samuelyoung_ via Instagram

If you visit one of these Gold Coast bushwalks, don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram! @hello_goldcoast #SayHelloToGoodTimes

Check out our Gold Coast Hinterland blog post for fun things to do outside the city!

Gold Coast Hinterland

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