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Make the most of these cooler, sunnier days and get on your bike! We have no shortage of bike paths to choose from here on the Gold Coast – to prove it, we’ve come up with three different itineraries for three biking adventures.

Before you start: Any adventure aficionado knows to pack plenty of water, some on-the-go snacks and loads of sunscreen before hitting the road. It may be winter, but make sure the kids are well-protected from the sun and you have basic first aid supplies, too. Oh, and don’t forget your togs!

The north

When it comes to the Gold Coast’s longest bike track, the 36-kilometre Gold Coast Oceanway, it makes sense to start at the very beginning. 

The Oceanway starts at The Spit, winding all the way along Main Beach and beyond – it technically stretches all the way to Point Danger, though not consecutively. 

But let’s start small. At the northernmost end of the Oceanway, start your morning by picking up some refreshments at the Seaway Kiosk and Jetty. 

Then, ride south along the Oceanway – past Sea World and Marina Mirage – toward Main Beach. There, you could enjoy breakfast at one of the many cafes on Tedder Avenue before boarding your bikes once again and heading into the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Stop off there for a quick dip (or a bit of lunch if you’re starving) and decide whether you want to pull up stumps for the day or continue on into Broadbeach. The choice is totally yours!

The middle

Kurrawa Park isn’t just a family favourite for its beach proximity and awesome playground – it’s also a great place to start a family bike ride!

Grab some coffees and on-the-go bites from Elk Cafe at The Oasis, then hop aboard your bikes for a fun family adventure. Travel south through Mermaid Beach, stopping along the way for a swim or a swing on the various playgrounds, and enjoy looking at the awe-inspiring homes along Hedges Avenue.

Once you hit The Miami, stop in for a tasty pub feed – served up with even tastier beach views. It will provide the fuel you need to make it all the way down to Burleigh Heads, where you can enjoy some well-earned fish and chips on the famous hill. What a way to end the day!

The south

Residents of the southern Gold Coast don’t need to miss out on the fun either! You can start on the Oceanway around Tallebudgera Creek (the Palm Beach side) and ride it pretty much uninterrupted all the way down to Currumbin – save for a brief ride alongside the Gold Coast Highway between 23rd and 17th Ave.

Once you pass through Palmy, stop off for a quick dip in Currumbin Creek or continue over the bridge to Currumbin Alley. While they’re both great swimming spots, Currumbin Alley has the added advantage of being right by The Salt Mill and their exquisite acai bowls (and coffee).

From there, head down to Tugun and have fun sussing out its many bakeries and hot chocolate stops. A lunch or early dinner at the Tugun Surf Life Saving Club finishes off the day perfectly.

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