These boots were made for walking: 5 great Gold Coast tracks
The Gold Coast is called the Gold Coast for a reason, and while that's not because it is littered with gold, it is a stunning place that dazzles all those who pay it a visit.
One holiday activity that you should be thinking about organising is a trip to get out amongst the natural scenery of the area and take a hike - literally.
There are dozens of challenging, stunning and enchanting walks you can take around this area, so book in your Gold Coast accommodation now and dig out your hiking boots, because the tracks are waiting.
Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk
This isn't a traditional walking adventure; in fact, your feet will hardly touch the ground.
On the Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk you will be invited to explore the canopy of the forest rather than the floor!
You'll begin your adventure at the Rainforest Eco Gallery with all the information and displays you'll need to identify some of the local flora and fauna. From there you'll head out onto the elevated walkway among the middle and upper canopies for a view that only the wildlife usually get to see.
Natural Bridge Rainforest Circuit
The Natural Bridge Rainforest Circuit is found in the Springbrook National Park just 100 kilometres south of Brisbane.
One of the highlights of this tour is the natural arch made of rock that is formed over Cave Creek. At night, the cave comes alive with the dazzling glow of thousands of glow worms, so don't forget to bring your camera and get ready for some fantastic photo opportunities!
Along with this, you'll also get a chance to see the colourful pitta birds, rainforest dragons and rainbow lorikeets.
"One holiday activity that you should be thinking about organising is a trip to get out amongst the natural scenery of the area and take a hike - literally."
Tooloona Creek Circuit
Taking a hike on the Tooloona Creek Circuit will open up to you a world of scenic waterfalls, creeks covered in boulders, looming forests and stunning views of Byron Bay and rainforests across Queensland.
You'll start off by branching out from the Box Forest circuit near the Elabana Falls and carry on alongside the creek until you reach the headwaters and end up near the Wanungara Lookout. This is an ideal spot for a rest, a drink, and some photos to take home with you and show off to your friends.
With a name that's scarier than anything on the track itself, Python Rock slithers through the Green Mountains in the World Heritage listed (and much more innocently named) Lamington National Park.
The track offers exceptional views over Moran Falls, Castle Crag and Mount Throakban and the Lost World.
This area is so full of lush rainforest and ancient trees that you'll feel as much like you're on a movie set as you'll feel like you're on holiday.
The Bellbird Circuit
Two parts make up the Bellbird Circuit - the main track and the Lower Bellbird trek.
Both walking options can be found in the Binna Burra section of the aforementioned Lamington National Park, and are part of one of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world.
The Bellbird circuit is ideal for small children to have a taste of the magic of the rainforest - just keep an eye on them to ensure they don't stray off the track!
As for the lower circuit, a path leads you down into the Nixon Creek valley where you'll get to see the outcrop known as Kong Gong Rock, complete with a cleft you can walk right through.