Spending a nice day out with the family or friends when visiting, doesn’t have to cost the earth. The Gold Coast has loads of parks and places to enjoy that are completely free!
If you like to explore nature you can take a drive just 12kms off the highway out to the Currumbin rock pools. The rock pools are local favourite to take a swim in the crystal clear water coming down from the mountain or a beautiful place to enjoy a picnic. The rock pools aren’t patrolled so you will need to keep a close eye on the children. There are mini rapids and waterfalls for the whole family to enjoy. There are also some great grassy areas perfect for a game of cricket and some walking tracks.
Lamington National Park is a fantastic place to enjoy a scenic drive. Around 45 minutes out through Nerang brings you to this magical area. There is free lorikeet feeding; guided tours and treetops walk through the rainforest canopy. The rainforest walk features nine suspension bridges with the highest section 30 metres off the ground with a ladder up to a viewing platform.
Burleigh Headland is also another spot, which is a great day out that doesn’t cost anything and is right in the heart of the coast. You don’t even need a car to get here you can catch a local bus or even cycle. There are a few scenic walking tracks up through the rainforest, which are varying distances suitable for all fitness levels. If the weather suits you can take a swim at the patrolled surf beach or at the bottom of the headland in Tallebudgera Creek. Tallebudgera Creek has no waves and is a popular spot for paddle boarding, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking.
If you have smaller children there is an awesome park complete with a giant pirate ship on the estuary right between Palm Beach and Currumbin. The estuary is the perfect place to enjoy a swim afterwards and there is also a Dune café to enjoy a coffee while the kids play.
For the teenagers the Gold Coast is a mecca for skate parks and BMX tracks. The most popular skate parks are at Varsity Lakes, Miami, Nerang and Tugun. Pizzey Park at Miami features a bowl and pro skater Tony Hawk even gave the Varsiy Lakes Park the thumbs up!
The Gold Coast City Council is running loads of free activities like yoga and tai chi right across the coast, for visitors and locals alike as part of its healthy and active program. For more information on the healthy and active activities or Gold Coast Parks jump online to the website www.gcparks.com.au
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