There is no better way to start each day than with a morning walk. Whether youre early enough to catch the sunrise or not, Gold Coast is the perfect place to put that New Years Resolution (get fit/exercise more) into action! So weve compiled a list to help you on your way to actually achieving at least one of your NYRs, while enjoying all the natural beauty that the Gold Coast has to offer. Plus, from May to November, keep your eyes peeled for migrating Humpback whales!
Burleigh Heads National Park
An excellent place to get your blood pumping, the bush track throughout Burleigh Heads National Park is an excellent choice for a morning run or walk. The track commences at the top of the stunning Burleigh Hill. If you start with the Upper track, make your way up the many steps carved into the hillside, through the rainforest. With many birds in the trees and the occasional baby lizard sunning themselves on hot rocks, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. The track winds its way up the hill, arriving at the first lookout. This lookout faces north and affords stunning views to Burleigh, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. Continue on your walk (or run) and youll arrive at the main, Tumgun Lookout. If youre an early riser, this is the most epic place to watch the golden sun emerge from the mauve Pacific Ocean. If you arrive slightly later, youll be afforded huge views along the southern coast. Continue on your track (after the obligatory selfie) and youll soon come to the exit for Tallebudgera Creek. A perfect spot for a morning dip, Tallebudgera Creek is usually calm and warm. Keep running, and youll eventually exit the track back at Burleigh Hill where you started. Give yourself a pat on the back, and head into Burleigh Town for a rewarding fruit smoothie or gluttonous big brekky. Your call.
Address: Burleigh Headland, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Main Beach to Surfers Paradise
If youre staying in the Main Beach area of Gold Coast, there is no greater sunrise beach walk to do, than to walk south along The Spit towards Surfers Paradise. As the magnificent sun rises in the East over the vast ocean, the golden sunlight will reflect off the water, turning the mauve ocean into a sparkling gold glitter-fest. As the tide ebbs and flows, get down low and catch a snap of the golden rays reflecting off the white ocean foam. As you approach Surfers Paradise, the waking sun will reflect gloriously off the sheer glass building of beachfront hotels, including Gold Coasts iconic Q1 (aka the biggest, tallest, fanciest building you can see). Whether you click a snap from afar to encompass both the sunrise, ocean and city in a panoramic sweep, or wait until you are closer to snap a looming shot of the golden city buildings, the views this walk will afford are absolutely magnificent. Definitely a sight worth waking up early for.
Address: Main Beach Parade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Palm Beach Parklands
If the beach isnt quite your thing, and your appreciations revolve more so around bush and inland waterways, Palm Beach Parklands is an excellent location for that morning walk. The two main walking tracks here are Tarrabora Reserve and Beree Badalla Boardwalk. Tarrabora provides a quick escape back to nature, with a one kilometre sealed track into the bushland. An epic place for birds and wildlife, Tarrabora is short enough to bring the kids along, but long enough to provide some much needed back-to-nature therapy and that much needed social media detox. If youre feeling like a longer walk, make sure you check out Beree Badalla Boardwalk at high tide. With the boardwalk built over the high tide water mark, this is a great walk to experience that walking on water elation (though you certainly wouldnt want to fall in). As the gentle waters of Currumbin Creek splash up against the timber boardwalk, this is a truly epic sunrise walk for the avid fitness fanatic and nature photographer alike.
Address: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD 4221