Try one of these Gold Coast bush walks

Enjoy a different side to the Gold Coast beaches and take a hike instead.

The Gold Coast offers much more than sun-soaked beaches. There are loads of hiking trails you can walk to relax and get a different view of this popular tourist spot. Here are four hikes to consider.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Walk, Lamington National Park

There are numerous easy to moderate walks from 5 kms to 10 kms. They are located roughly an hour’s drive away from the Gold Coast, on a windy road incline with views that’ll take your breath away. The drive is equally as entertaining as the various walks. Take the kids and explore the treetop walk for some family fun.

Mount Warning, Northern NSW

The must-do walk for any local. If you’re eager enough, wake up when it’s dark and be the first in Australia to witness the sunrise. You’ll be faced with a steep rock climb to reach the final viewing point, but with views from Byron Bay to Gold Coast, the challenge is worth the reward.

Natural Bridge Circuit, Springbrook National Park

This beautiful walk combines the tranquillity of rainforest streams with soaring canopies. Take an easy stroll listening to the songbirds then marvel at the beauty of the naturally formed bridge. If you’re looking for something extra cool, go after dark to take in the glow-worms. The walk is only one km and graded as easy, so anyone can do it.

Palling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

With a suspension bridge for optimum views, you’ll walk through eucalypt forests before descending into the gorge for a view from below. With a steady descent and climb involved (best travelled in a clockwise direction), pack some lunch and plenty of water to rest at the picnic area. If you’re feeling adventurous, add two kilometres and take a dip in Warringa Pool.