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Top five Gold Coast landscapes to inspire creativity

Tim Baker | May 14, 2021

We do arts differently on the Gold Coast, where our natural environment is our muse.

In her classic text on nurturing creativity, The Artist’s Way, author Julia Cameron prescribes regular “artist dates,” in which we take ourselves off on solo excursions to art galleries and exhibitions, movies and theatre, ballet and opera, and contemplate great art works to feed the creative process.

I think many Gold Coast creatives would agree with me when I suggest we source our inspiration primarily in the great outdoors, immersing ourselves in the rare natural confluence of coast and hinterland, beach and rainforest, waterfalls and waves which we enjoy here.

There may even be a bio-chemical explanation for this. Natural environments like forests, waterfalls, beaches and breaking waves are known to generate negative ions, sometimes referred to as “Vitamins of the Air”.

“Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy,” the health website WebMD reports, in an article entitled “Negative Ions Create Positive Vibes.”

Here’s five places to nurture your inner artist, stock up on negative ions and get your positive vibe humming.

Point Danger

The view from this popular lookout on the Queensland/New South Wales border stretches, south over Fingal, Cook Island and, on a clear day, the beaches of the northern NSW. To the north, the Gold Coast’s famed pointbreaks and headlands of Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Kirra, Currumbin and Burleigh are visible, with the high rise of Surfers Paradise thrusting skywards in the distance. There are few better vantage points to marvel at the great natural playground we have been gifted on the GC.

Point Danger (photo credit: IG | catr13)

Tarrabora Reserve

The northern bank of Currumbin Creek features the Beree Badalla timber boardwalk winding through coastal mangroves, built to commemorate a community campaign to save the area from development. It provides an ideal setting to take in the scenic views across Currumbin Creek, east to the Alley, and west to the Valley. Or simply enjoy a quiet coastal walk in this pristine environment to escape the bustle of the surrounding suburbs.


Tarrabora Reserve


There are any number of stunning hinterland settings in which to immerse yourself in our region’s ancient sub-tropical rainforests, but few offer as many spectacular features in one area as Springbrook. Enjoy the cascading waters of Purling Brook Falls, the ancient Arctic Beech Trees of the appropriately named Best of All Look-Outs, the unique rock formations and waterfalls of Natural Bridge, and its nocturnal fireflies, and the many meandering walking trails through the national park.


Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park

Burleigh Headland

Drink in the panoramic ocean views stretching north to Surfers Paradise, enjoy the winding national park walk through the lush coastal rainforest, or marvel at the breathtaking vistas from several outlooks near the top of the ancient volcanic lava flows that formed the mighty headland. It is a place rich in Indigenous heritage, known as Jellurgal, in the local Yugambeh language.


The view north towards Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Headland

SkyPoint Observation Deck

While not exactly a “natural” setting, SkyPoint offers unparalleled views over the entire Gold Coast, from the southern points and headlands, to North and South Stradbroke Islands to the north, the verdant hinterland to the west and the vast blue Pacific Ocean to the east. If you were to choose one vantage point to drink in everything that makes the Gold Coast environment unique and awe-inspiring this is it. All with bar service and 230 metres above sea level.


The views from SkyPoint Observation Deck (Photo credit: SkyPoint)

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