Exploring the Gold Coast’s most picturesque flora and fauna with a pram or young ones in tow is child’s play if you know where to go.
As a city that’s passionate about connecting the community with nature trails, it’s created meandering boardwalks and bitumen tracks that are pram-friendly and offer views of lakes, mangroves, cascading waterfalls and native wildlife such as koalas!
Below are 5 of the best pram-friendly walks on the Gold Coast:
1. Beree-Badalla Reserve boardwalk, Throwers Drive – Currumbin
Ideally located alongside Currumbin Creek, this 800m boardwalk gives you a bird’s-eye view of all the action. You’ll see kayakers, fishers, stand-up paddle boarders and an abundance of marine and bird life. Along the way there’s viewing platforms and picnic spots, and during high tide you can see juvenile fish at the base of the mangroves. Not far from this path you’ll find the child-friendly Palm Beach Pirate Treasure Playground, toilets and a cafe with ocean views.
Tip: For a longer walk why not go up and down the boardwalk twice, each time you’ll see something different!
2. Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 231 Ashmore Road – Benowa
Designed with families in mind, here you can explore the city’s native ecosystem along the Mangroves to Mountain trail, visit the native butterfly garden and even smell the roses in their purpose-built garden. There’s a playground, a toilet block and lots of little nooks and crannies to check out. From playing in tall bamboo to spotting eels in the lake, it’ll feel like a day in the country. Keep an eye out for kookaburras and friendly ducks.
Local’s tip: Pack camp chairs and rugs because there’s not a lot of seating, and if you’re making a day of it bring a gazebo for extra shade.
3. Schuster Park, accessed via Heather Street or 19th Avenue – Tallebudgera
Tucked away from the main road, this bushwalk has pathways for bikes or scooters and wide open spaces dotted with stately gum trees. It’s a quiet place where you can escape the chaos and it has two distinct wetland areas with insects, frogs and wild ducks – so mosquito spray is a must. There’s a quaint bridge crossing and an off-leash dog area, keep this is mind if you’ve got little ones who are wary.
Don’t forget to look up: Koalas are often sighted in trees along creek in the park’s southern sections and the bird watching is great.
4. Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park, via Loman Lane or Ocean Parade – Tallebudgera
Neighbouring David Fleay Wildlife Park, this 1.6km return nature walk weaves you through mangroves alongside the majestic Tallebudgera Creek. It’s a pram-friendly bushwalk if you start at the Loman Lane end, but once you get to Ocean Parade there are stairs so you’ll have to loop back the way you came. Expect stunning views of the Hinterland and Springbrook Plateau on your return trip.
Remember: This is a Conservation Park where you are likely to encounter native birds, koalas, crabs and other creatures, so dogs aren’t allowed, even if they’re on a leash.
5. Mount Cougal, Cascades track – Springbrook National Park
You’re not confined to sea level bushwalks on the Gold Coast when pushing a pram, The Cascades track is an easy 1.6km return walk at the headwaters of Currumbin Valley. You’ll pass cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest on the way to a stunning viewing platform and the old timber mill that operated in 1945. Keep in mind phone reception can be patchy.
Warning: Creeks can contain submerged logs and rocks so avoid jumping or diving in this water, also care on rocks as they may be slippery.
For a more hands-on experience, the city’s Naturally GC Program offers a variety of free and low-cost nature-based workshops and activities such as tree planting, guided hinterland walks, koala conservation and kids’ native play.
5 tips for pram-friendly bushwalking:
- Check your prams brakes and ensure tyres are in good shape and not flat before leaving home.
- Always bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, as well as extra water.
- Pack an extra bottle or food for your baby/child in case your bushwalk takes longer than expected.
- Check the weather before starting your bushwalk, and bring extra layers just in case.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a passerby for directions if you’re feeling lost.
Photo Credit // @staystrongmummy