Love getting outdoors? Then the Gold Coast is a destination you’ll fall in love with.
The Gold Coast isn’t all beaches. There are a wealth of outdoor activities and things to do when it’s time to switch up the pace, and the best thing is that most of them are FREE.
If you’re looking to escape this spring or summer, head to the Gold Coast and make sure to experience these 5 outdoor activities.
Walking in Burleigh Head National Park
Everyone loves Burleigh Head National Park and for good reason. It’s a mini bushwalking paradise boasting breath-taking ocean views, tranquil picnic spots and friendly local wildlife to meet.
Simply jump into some comfortable shoes and explore. You can take a guided walk – such as the famous Ocean View Track – or go off the beaten path. Just don’t forget a picnic blanket, as well as some binoculars for the unforgettable view from Tumgun Lookout.
Burleigh Head National Park is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and is free to visit, so there’s no excuse for ignoring it.
Kayaking at Tallebudgera Creek
Tallebudgera Creek is a picturesque natural attraction that sets the scene for a host of outdoor activities.
These include swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing, with kayaks and other equipment conveniently available at Smoothwaters Kayak Hire.
And if you just want a change of scenery from the beach, head to Tallebudgera Creek to sunbathe and tuck into a picnic at the riverside.
Surf Lessons Gold Coast
You haven’t visited the Gold Coast unless you’ve surfed the waves and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer.
If you’re new to the waves, surf schools like Godfathers of the Ocean Burleigh offer affordable surf lessons for any age and ability. You can learn with a group, or book a private lesson if that’s what you prefer.
Either way, surfing is a must on the Gold Coast and you can’t go wrong at Burleigh Beach – near the headland – and Currumbin Alley.
Cycling the Coast
One of the best ways to sight-see the Gold Coast is on a bike.
Local businesses like Village Bike and Action Outdoor Hire offer cheap bike hire for all ages, after which you can freewheel along the coast with the wind in your hair.
Take in the sparkling ocean views and enjoy the freedom of stopping at any cafe, shop or beachside spot that catches your eye.
Gold Coast Barefoot Bowls
When’s the sun’s out – and, let’s face it, it almost always is on the Gold Coast – nothing beats barefoot bowls with your mates.
The Gold Coast is not shy of bowls clubs, but one of the best is Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, situated on Connor Street. They offer barefoot bowls every day of the week except Monday, open to both kids and adults.
And once you’re done on the green, you can head over to the Bowls Club Bistro & Bar where they offer an eclectic menu for all tastes.
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