Gold Coast nature trails
There are endless opportunities to connect and immerse yourself in nature right on our doorstep. Discover 691 kilometres of recreational trail. There's 35,000 hectares of bush land reserves, conservation areas and national parks to explore.
Whether you like to bushwalk, trail run, bird watch, photograph, picnic, kayak or just relax in nature there is something for you.
Share your naturally Gold Coast experience on social media using #NaturallyGC.
Immerse yourself in the surroundings of some of our top Gold Coast nature trails by taking a 360 degree virtual video tour taking in the sights and sounds along the way.
Simply swipe or rotate your phone or utilise your mouse to rotate on your desktop.
Please note: The 360 degree functionality will not work in Internet Explorer v11 and below on desktop computers. Please use an alternate browser. Also the 360 degree functionality will only work through the YouTube app on mobile devices. Please copy the link address and paste directly into the app.
Get up close to waterfalls and experience other Gold Coast natural attractions and trails with Google Trekker on street view.
The City's nature trails maps reveal fabulous trails on City land for horse riding, mountain biking, bushwalking and much more. If you know what map you are looking for, simply click on the link below to download the PDF file. If not, the maps are available by clicking the relevant pins on the Google map below. This means that you can pan around, zoom in and download maps in the area of interest to you.
- Give your bushwalking plan to a friend, relative or other reliable person in case you are injured or get lost. Ask them to contact the police if you don't return as planned.
- Make sure the park you want to visit has walks suitable for your bushwalking experience and level of fitness.
- Check the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather conditions, forecasts and warnings.
- Always carry plenty of drinking water. Bushwalking is thirsty work.
- Walk with a partner or in a group, never bushwalk alone.
- Dress for the track conditions and weather.
- Stick to existing tracks and trails
- Leave the park as you found it and take your rubbish with you
The City’s conservation parks provide a much-needed refuge for native plants and animals. They are vitally important to the survival of many threatened species. Some of these parks are dog prohibited to help protect and preserve these areas.
You can view a list of parks and comprehensive maps for all dog prohibited areas for the southern, central, and northern Gold Coast.
Dogs and domestic animals can:
- cause native animals stress and may even cause them to leave their homes and their young unprotected from their presence, sound and scent
- chase wildlife and potentially cause injury or death
- introduce disease harmful to our native wildlife and increase the spread of weeds throughout our natural environments.
Please respect our natural areas and native wildlife by:
- adhering to all regulatory and park signage
- remembering to walk your dog on a leash in all City parks unless signed otherwise
- checking our website if you’re still unsure on where you can take your dog.
The City provides a number of recreational parks that you can take your dog on lead and also designated off leash areas. You can view the full list of facilities here.
Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs are allowed; however, you must comply with the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009.
Nature trail map
Spending time in nature has numerous physical and mental health benefits. You can find a natural area park near you by clicking on the pins to access information about nature trails, facilities, park features and the natural areas of the Gold Coast.
You can choose the activity you’re looking for by turning on that layer on the map. Click on the bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking, kayaking, nature picnics and scenic lookouts icons. From here you can access details such as location, image galleries and further information about the park.
Filter the trail types by toggling the check boxes below.
Connect with nature
You can also download and view the City’s NaturallyGC program which will connect you to a range of free and low-cost nature activities including:
- guided bushwalks
- citizen science
- tree planting
- kids nature play
- other City-led environment initiatives, recreational opportunities and all things nature.
Visit Destination Gold Coast to find eco accommodation, nature tours, local green attractions and self-guided day trips.
Become a NaturallyGC member
If you are interested in connecting with and exploring the Gold Coast’s wonderful natural environment, become a NaturallyGC member and subscribe today.
You can also download and view our NaturallyGC program which will connect you to a range of free and low-cost nature activities.
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Natural adventures to discover for kids
If you're after ideas for the best parks for a natural adventure and which are suitable for children, then check out our top 10 natural adventures.
Learn more about our natural adventures
You can also request a Nature Play Passport from our NaturallyGC team by contacting email@example.com, calling 07 5667 5972 or visiting Nature Play Queensland.
Visit the City's Nature Based Recreation Plan for more information about sustainable recreation in the City's nature reserves.
You can also explore nearby national parks, including World Heritage listed rainforest areas. Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service manage these parks.
The links below include information on national parks, heritage walks, places to walk your dog - and more.
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