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discover…top nature parks

play……top nature parks

Get back to nature, and explore the many great parks and reserves the Gold Coast has to offer.   Grab your walking shoes and enjoy the thrill of the outdoors.  So what are you waiting for? Go and discover your own little piece of nature.

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Ashmore Road (opposite Benowa High School)

Explore the amazing 31 hectares of Gold Coast City’s Regional Botanic Gardens. The boardwalk over the central lake offer amazing views…you can also check out the local species on display in the Mangroves to Mountains Walk.   Open dawn to dusk every day.

Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Ridge Park, Tabilban Street

This park is part of the Burleigh Greenspace, a valuable network of reserves within the urban landscape of the Gold Coast. Burleigh Ridge Park is one of the largest of the Greenspace parks, providing a green backdrop to the city, views over the Tallebudgera Creek estuary, as well as habitat for plants and animals. Various birds and lizards are common sights and you may spot a koala too..

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, Shelter Road (southern access) and Rain Tree Glen (western access)

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area protects more than 1200 hectares of wetland, Eucalypt forest, salt marsh and mangrove swamp habitat. Lake Coombabah and its estuarine system are important coastal wetlands and migratory water bird habitats. The area is ideal for short walks, bird watching, animal spotting and plant identification and gives you an opportunity to appreciate an ecologically significant area.

Hinterland Regional Park, off Hardy’s Road

A large recreational park of open space with patches of Eucalypt forest and several small watercourses that drain into Mudgeeraba Creek and Bonogin Creek. The connectivity from Hinterland Regional Park through Upper Mudgeeraba Conservation Area provides opportunities for low impact, nature-based recreation from urban areas into the hinterland.

Apple Tree Park, Springbrook Road

Apple Tree Park is on the Springbrook plateau within the Springbrook Conservation Area. This conservation area has spectacular views across the Numinbah Valley, dissected by Waterfall Creek and Nerang River further west. The site marks one of the entry points into the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a project between Queensland Parks and Wildlife and Gold Coast City Council. It aims to provide the community with a connection between Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park, with Numinbah and Springbrook Conservation Areas forming a link between these two World Heritage-listed parks.

Tugun Hill Conservation Area, via Murray Street, off Taperell Drive, and also from Mirren Drive

Tugun Hill Conservation Area is a series of ridges and hills that are a prominent feature of the landscape of the southern Gold Coast. Despite its small area, the vegetation supports a diversity of fauna, particularly ground-dwelling mammals and birds.

For more information on the flora and fauna species of the Gold Coast, visit our Gold Coast Flora and Fauna websites please visit and click here.

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