Walks and Lookouts of the Southern Gold Coast
The Southern Gold Coast is one of the most vibrant, abundant, unspoiled destinations in the world. Its sub-tropical climate is perfect for outdoor fun all year round, with plenty of sunshine and many different vantage points, lookouts and walking tracks to help you explore the surroundings.
This guide will outline the coastal and hinterland walks and lookouts that showcase our unique and glorious natural wonders of the Southern Gold Coast.
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"Golden Four" Beaches Walk.
Walk on the beach (hard or soft sand) from Kirra Point north past Bilinga
and Tugun to Currumbin Rock (12km round trip, but can be shortened to suit);
Arthur Freeman Lookout
Tomewin Mountain Road, Tomewin, Currumbin Valley 1km west of Freemans road-side stall:
- Views to the north and north- east, spectacular views right down the Currumbin Valley;
- To the west and south, panoramic view across the Currumbin Valley to the spectacular escarpment of Mt Tallebudgera, Springbrook National Park, Boyd’s Butte, and Mt. Cougal National Park (the Cougals) - all part of Australia’s Green Cauldron.
Captain Cook Memorial Point Danger, Boundary Street, Coolangatta.
This Memorial is one of the most visited sights on coastal Queensland. It is Queensland mainland’s most easterly point and delineates the border with New South Wales. Its plaques recognize the history of the visit of Captain James Cook on his discovery voyage to the East Coast of Queensland; commemorate the loss of Australian merchant and hospital shipping and members of their crews in the Coral Sea in the Second World War at the adjacent Centaur Memorial and Remembrance Walk; and have an explanatory display of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project, a significant, oceanic, hydrological-engineering project which pumps life-blood sand under the Tweed River to the magnificent southern Gold Coast beaches.
- Views to the south east, Tweed River entrance to the Pacific Ocean and D’Bah Surf Beach and back to Cook Island and Fingal Lighthouse; and
- To the north over Snapper Rocks, home of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros, Rainbow Bay and all the way up to Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island.
Currumbin Hill Lookout
Pacific Parade, Currumbin - stairs lead from park opposite Currumbin Alley:
- Views to the south, over Currumbin Beach and all the way to Coolangatta and Snapper Rocks; and
- To the north, over Currumbin Alley and the entire length of the Gold Coast up to Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island.
Currumbin Rock and Currumbin Alley, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach:
At the entrance to this precinct, a large plaque records that The Currumbin Rock is a National Environmental Sanctuary dedicated for the purpose of the study of geology and marine biology by school children and other interested students:
- Views to the West, along the beautiful Currumbin Creek estuary and wetlands and up into the Currumbin Valley and the McPherson Ranges;
- To the north, the entire length of the coast incorporating Palm Beach,
Tallebudgera, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island;
- To the south, Elephant Rock and down to Kirra and Coolangatta.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Tomewin Street, Currumbin
- Forest Walk, incorporating Observation Deck with views over the Sanctuary and Currumbin and Tugun Beaches (3km round trip). This walk is accessed as part of admission fee to the Sanctuary.
Elephant Rock, on the beach- adjacent to the Currumbin Vikings Surf Lifesaving Club, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach:
- Views to the south all the way to Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks;
To the north, Currumbin Rock, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island;
To the West, back over the beautiful villages of Currumbin and Tugun.
Greenmount Hill, Hill Street, Greenmount Beach:
- Views to the east, Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks surf beaches;
- To the north, the surf beaches of Greenmount, Coolangatta, Kirra and all the way up the coast to Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island;
- To the west, glimpses of the McPherson Range incorporating Springbrook National Park, Currumbin Valley and Mt Tallebudgera, all part of Australia’s Green Cauldron.
Kirra Hill, Garrick Street, Kirra Point:
to the east, back over the best surf beaches and point breaks in Australia-
Coolangatta, Greenmount, Snapper Rocks;
- To the south, over Coolangatta precinct and into the Tweed;
- To the north, over Kirra Point and up the Golden Four Beaches of Kirra, Bilinga,
Tugun and Currumbin; and beyond right up the entire length of the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise and Stradbroke Island; and
- To the west into Australia’s Green Cauldron, incorporating the McPherson Range,
The Cougals, Currumbin Valley and Springbrook National Park, Mount
Tallebudgera, and the western Gold Coast hinterland, including Mt Tamborine
Highlands Estate, Warri Way, Eco Village, Currumbin Valley:
- Views to the north across the beautiful Currumbin Valley and into Tallebudgera Valley and on to Surfers Paradise;
- To the west, down the Currumbin Valley to Mount Tallebudgera and the Cougals, all part of Australia’s Green Cauldron; and
- To the east, down Currumbin Valley and to Currumbin Alley at the Pacific Ocean.
(foreshore, paved thoroughfare) incorporating Point Danger, Snapper Rocks,
Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, Coolangatta, Kirra Point, Kirra, Bilinga, Tugun,
Currumbin, Currumbin Alley and Currumbin Creek estuary (18km round trip- but
can be shortened to suit);
Razorback Outlook Razorback Rd
2.5 km from Main Street of Coolangatta. You will arrive at the Tom Beatson Outlook.
- Views to the north east, over the Tweed River, Point Danger, Coolangatta and Pacific Ocean;
- the west, over Gold Coast Airport, and into Australia’s Green Cauldron, incorporating Mount Warning, The Cougals, Currumbin Valley, Springbrook National Park, Mount Tallebudgera, and western Gold Coast hinterland; and
- the south-east, Tweed River estuary, trawler fleet; marina, Cook Island, Fingal and Kingscliff
The Cougal Cascades Walk, Currumbin Valley.
- Located in the Mount Cougal Section of Springbrook National Park, which is World Heritage Listed Sub-Tropical Rainforest (part of Eastern Australia's Gondwana subtropical rainforests) and part of Australia's Green Cauldron:
- The Walk incorporates viewing platforms which are signposted with explanation boards of indigenous and European history, and flora and fauna (3 km round trip).
Thrower Bridge to Kropp Park Walk
(Currumbin to Flat Rock Creek, Tugun) 7km roundtrip. This
incorporates Currumbin Creek walkway, Winders Park, Currumbin Rock, Pacific Parade
walkway, Elephant Rock and the Kropp Park Reserve. From Currumbin Rock to Kropp
Park can be walked on the beach as an option.