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Most Instagram-worthy nature walks on the Gold Coast
Emily Toxward | October 4, 2018
With its enviable climate, world-class beaches and natural beauty, the Gold Coast is a haven for Instagrammers wanting to take photos of picturesque nature walks.
If you’re not sure where to go first, why not start with these 10 amazing scenic spots that are sure to start a ‘like’ frenzy in your feed.
Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, Rain Tree Glen, Coombabah
You’ll capture kangaroos and wallabies lounging in groups or jumping across the field and if you look up and zoom in you’ll be sure to spot koalas nestled in large Eucalypts. This reserve has a long boardwalk with trees towering above and plenty of native birds. Don’t leave home without mozzie insect spray.
Clagiraba Creek Trail, Lower Beechmont
Various shades of green anoint the subtropical rainforest on this trail and gnarled trees and textured ferns make great macro shots. The clear-flowing Clagiraba Creek attracts freshwater fish, turtles and you might chance upon the endangered cascade tree frog. Pack a jacket in cooler months.
Apple Tree Park, Springbrook
An abundance of giant trees and lush green ferns will dwarf you and curious birds such as kookaburras rest on the low branches giving you the opportunity to snap a great selfie. The park is the mid-way point for the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 54-kilometre trek through the beautiful Springbrook and Lamington Plateau rainforest.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
With native flowers, roses in every colour, bird life, a giant bamboo forest and a lake with eels, you’ll be here for hours shooting various flora and fauna. If you love taking photos of reflections and water features, this is definitely an Instagram-worthy spot. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wearegoldcoast.
As well as picturesque water views across the dam and it’s rocky surrounds, you can take action shots of horse riders and mountain bikers as they race along purpose built trails. The dam itself is magnificent sight, especially when water is cascading over the spillway. There’s an onsite cafe and restaurant and amenities. Pack a jacket as the wind tends to whip across the lake.
Bochow Park, Numinbah
Here you’ll capture mountain views as well as grassy shots in a large open area, and there’s even a swimming hole to photograph swimmers in summer. It also has a playground to photograph kids at play among nature. If you’re super lucky or patient you might see a playful platypus.
Pine Ridge Conservation Park, Runaway Bay
In spring you’ll come across a visual symphony when the wild flowers of the coastal heath come to life. Floral lovers can snap banksia, boronia and the wallum wedge pea in late winter and spring, especially after decent autumn rainfalls. Flower lovers won’t be disappointed.
Long Tan Park, corner of Bains and Currumbin Creek Roads, Currumbin Valley
A picturesque and old one-lane bridge is sure to pique interest from your Instagram followers because it oozes charm and is set among mossy rocks, lush greenery and an old rope swing. Why not go off track, being mindful of native plants, to capture the bridge at another angle.
Syd Duncan Park, Lower Beechmont
A great spot at sunrise and sunset to capture views over Hinze Dam, green hills and the coastline, this park is also the perfect backdrop for family photos. For nature walk lovers it’s a stunning spot to capture the essence of the Gold Coast and its surrounds; so sit back and watch your ‘like’ count grow when posting images from this park.
Canyon Lookout, Springbrook National Park
Expect plenty of attention when posting photos from this lookout. You’ll see the spectacular views of the valleys created by erosion, the superb Twin and Rainbow falls, the sheer walls of The Canyon and the ocean beyond. This lookout is a MUST for waterfall chasers.
You must also visit the nearby Best of All Lookout, a 15min walk through ancient Gondwana Rainforest to stunning views across Mt Warning and beyond to Bryon Bay. You can also find more guided walks and adventures through the NaturallyGC program.
Bushwalking tips for Instagrammers
- Don’t forget your portable charger for your phone or a spare battery for your camera!
- Check the weather forecast before heading to many of these spots because cold snaps can arrive quickly at high altitudes.
- Always pack a jacket in the car if you’re heading up to the rainforest and mountain because the climate is a lot cooler up there, even in summer.
- Check whether the walks you’re about to take are suitable for your level of fitness or easy to manage with a bulky camera around your neck.
- If you can, take a friend, or advise someone of your intended whereabouts.
- Don’t skimp on water, pack twice as much as you think you’ll need and always wear suitable footwear for you own safety.