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5 Natural Locations to De-Stress and Escape to on the Gold Coast

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Macintosh Island Park Photo From City Of Gold Coast

There are just as many natural spaces and places to relax as there are holiday attractions on the Gold Coast, each offering the perfect chance to escape the traffic and crowds, unwind and get in touch with nature.

All the below can be found within a short walk or drive from the sand and sea, and not be ignored if you’re planning a relaxing break on the Gold Coast to recharge and escape the hustle and bustle.

Broadwater Parklands

The evolved Broadwater Parklands in Southport is a stunning green open space with maintained park lawns, clean walking and cycling paths, public playgrounds and barbecue amenities as well as the best sparkling views of Southport Marina and its floating yachts. It’s a progressive open park close to Main Beach that’s perfect for leisure activities and picnics with simply perfect waterfront views.

Burleigh Head National Park

For the adventurous, Burleigh Head National Park next to Burleigh Beach is a dense patch of oceanside rainforest that offers a casual bush-walking experience for all ages and fitness levels. It’s the ultimate opportunity to see and meet friendly local wildlife, as well as go off the beaten path to find secluded picnic spots, lookouts and unique exotic flora. The ocean view walk towards Burleigh Hill is not to be missed for its panoramic ocean views.

Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek

Both Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin - situated near one another, separated by Palm Beach - offer a welcome change of pace and scenery on the Gold Coast with still estuary waters for swimming and paddling. Settle down on the sandy banks with a picnic, or set off down the river with kayaks available for hire near both creeks. If you love to fish, a trip to either creek is also a must.

Gold Coast Botanic Gardens

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens in Benowa, a 10-minute drive from Surfers Paradise, is a colourful public domain of native and exotic plants, gardens, ponds and birdlife, offering the perfect morning or afternoon wander for nature lovers wanting to slip away from the Gold Coast’s busier parts. There are picnic areas, a riverside boardwalk, rare butterflies to spot and more, comprising multiple manicured garden areas to stroll at your leisure.

Macintosh Island Park

North of Surfers Paradise Beach, Macintosh Island Park is a tranquil piece of Eden with its own separated section of the island next to the calm Nerang River. This modest oasis offers close-knit trees for taking shelter from the sun, running rivulets and streams to find and a population of park peacocks minding their own business. It’s perfect peace and quiet and the ideal spot to read, stroll and give your wellbeing a much-needed healthy boost.

Hi Surf Surfers Paradise - We’re Still Open

In light of recent events, we’re still open for travellers and holiday-makers thinking about escaping to the Gold Coast to de-stress and recharge. Here at Hi Surf Gold Coast, we offer spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Surfers Paradise beachfront accommodation with unmatched views of the beach and ocean, and are taking all the necessary measures in ensuring cleanliness, sanitation and the safety and happiness of all our guests.

Relax here with us and enjoy all the above, as well as sand, sea and the refreshing ocean breeze, from the moment you arrive. Our apartments offer full kitchen facilities, free WiFi and Foxtel, and exclusive guest access to our tennis court, sauna, gym and more.

Find more information and contact us directly with any enquiry - just visit Hi Surf Gold Coast Apartments.

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