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Don't wait for the 2018 Commonwealth Games—get active on the Gold Coast today!

23 February 2018

Ride the trails in Queensland's national parks

Ride the trails in Queensland's national parks

While the rest of the Gold Coast is preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, at National Parks we’re ready! Get in before the crowds and get active in our beautiful parks and forests.

Ride the trails of the athletes at Nerang National Park

If mountain biking is your thing, you can’t go past Nerang National Park. With tracks ranging from easy through to difficult, plus three brand new state-of-the-art tracks that will play host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games mountain biking events in April, it’s a mountain biking mecca!

Download the track map (PDF, 144K) from our website before you go, or look for the QR code on the park entrance signs.

Want to find out about more of our awesome mountain biking tracks around the state? Check out our new and improved mountain biking guide (PDF, 3.8M).

Combine leg day with a weekend away

We all know it’s hard to find time to exercise, let alone time to take a night or two away, so why not combine the two?

Set up your tent at The Settlement camping area in Springbrook National Park, then hit up Purling Brook Falls circuit or Twin Falls circuit (or both) to get those calves burning. Stop for a breather every time you see a waterfall! Then head back to camp and cook up a delicious dinner in the well-appointed camp kitchen, with drinking water and free electric barbecues.

Home to lush rainforest and spectacular views, Lamington National Park is another fantastic spot, both for chilling out and burning calories. Lamington boasts a vast network of walking tracks, so there’s one for virtually every fitness level. You’ll love the Green Mountains camping area, too, with its hot showers and free Wi-Fi.

Don’t forget that camping bookings are essential. Or, if you’re not quite sold on the camping part, there are plenty of private accommodation options nearby both parks, ready and waiting to host you after your hardcore hike.

Get the kids motivated to move

You don’t need to be an elite athlete to tackle these tracks! Make exercise fun for the whole family by trying something a bit different.

The Curtis Falls track at Tamborine National Park is only 1.1km return and features a stunning waterfall!

Enjoy a rainforest retreat as you walk beneath towering, ancient trees along Python Rock Track at Lamington National Park, 3.1km return.

For a more traditional bushwalk beneath the gum trees, try Pine Ridge Regional Park, just 10km from the Gold Coast city centre.

Find out more about national parks around the Gold Coast and hinterland.

Last updated
23 February 2018