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About Nerang

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Getting there and getting around

Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest are on Nerang’s north-west outskirts, 12km from Surfers Paradise and 70km south of Brisbane. There are five main access points to the park. These can be found in the south-east corner of the park and on the western corner of the park along Beaudesert–Nerang Road. Please see the park locality map (PDF, 159K) for more information.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in the park or forest.

Park features

Popular bush retreats for visitors and locals, Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest are places to experience nature and enjoy recreating in the peaceful outdoors. Enjoy a scenic bushwalk or horseride, or go for a ride along one of the mountain-bike tracks.

Dry rainforest and open eucalypt forests of grey gum, blue gum, stringybark and tallowwood grow in the hilly reserve, while sections of remnant gallery rainforest thrive in the gullies.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Nerang National Park or Nerang State Forest.

Nearby Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park provide the opportunity to camp. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Horse riding is a great way to experience Nerang's shared trails. Photo: Kim Morris, Queensland Government.

Horse riding is a great way to experience Nerang's shared trails. Photo: Kim Morris, Queensland Government.

There is a range of riding opportunities in Nerang National Park and State Forest. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

There is a range of riding opportunities in Nerang National Park and State Forest. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

Shared trails

Shared trails in Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest can be used by horseriders, walkers and mountain bikes, unless otherwise signed.

When using these trails, walkers must give way to horseriders and cyclists must give way to both horseriders and walkers.

Horseriders and walkers are not permitted on the designated mountain-bike trails.

For more information on horse trails in South East Queensland visit the SEQ horseriding trail network page.

Horseriders: help reduce your impact on our natural areas please observe the following code of conduct.

  • Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail for the protection of watercourses in the area.
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
  • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
  • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before park visits.

Mountain-bike riding

Mountain-bike riders have access to all shared trails in the national park and state forest.

In addition, there are ten designated mountain-bike trails in Nerang National Park. Horseriders and bushwalkers are not permitted on these designated mountain-bike trails.

Hint: Access the mountain-bike track map on your smart phone or device and take it with you on your ride. Look for the QR code that is featured on the entrance signs at key entry points around the park.

Mountain-bike trail classifications
Classification Description
Easy gradeEasy Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
Intermediate gradeIntermediate Trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain-bikers with mountain-bikes.
Difficult gradeDifficult Suitable for experienced mountain-bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Expect large, dangerous and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk.
Mountain-bike trails (horses and walkers prohibited)
Trail Classification Distance Time Description
Trail 1— Casuarina grove circuit Easy grade 2.1km circuit plus optional 1km loop 20min As the name suggests, this circuit leads you through a grove of casuarina trees—the favoured food tree of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo. To extend your ride there is the option of diverging to an additional loop that adds another 1km (8mins riding time) to your trip.
Trail 9— Goanna Easy grade 5.2km one way 30min Goanna is a flowing trail within a valley. Travel through eucalypt forest and dry rainforest, crossing numerous small creeks. Expect a mostly easy and enjoyable ride with a few minor challenges. There is also a short and long loop option to choose from.
Trail 2— Pete’s extension Intermediate grade 740m one way 5min This short extension provides a fun-free flowing ride between the Casuarina grove circuit and Pete’s track.
Trail 3— Pete’s Intermediate grade 1.4km 10min Climb your way further into the park along this intermediate ride. Keep an eye out for the lace monitors taking refuge on the trunks of the stringybark trees. This trail is also a great final ride back to the car park due to its slight and consistent downhill grade.
Trail 4 Intermediate grade 2.5km one way 20min Experience the true rough terrain of Nerang National Park along this trail, as you dive down into the steep gullies. See how the vegetation changes as you approach the creek lines.
Trail 5—Three hills Intermediate grade 2.7km one way 20min One way trail—downhill only. Starting at the junction of Centre Road and Castle Hill break, the Three hills trail winds through open forest of grey gum and tallowwood, habitat for the regionally-vulnerable koala. Riders will navigate a mix of natural rock areas, fast and flowing trail, technical features and a couple of very short but tough pinch climbs. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.
Trail 10— Barney’s Intermediate grade 520m one way 5min A short trail on a relatively steep slope that will test your skills. Negotiate man made rock-gardens, log drops and flowing corners to complete this trail.
Trail 6— GC2018 Loop 1 Difficult grade 1.2km return 10min One way trail—follow signage onsite. Starting from the trail head, get some air and test your skills on this jump style trail specifically designed for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The loop is completed by returning up the shared trail to do it all again.
Trail 7— GC2018 Loop 2 Difficult grade 1.3km return 25min One way trail—follow signage onsite. Test your fitness and technical climbing limits on this physically demanding trail. This loop was designed for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, to test the strongest riders in the world.
Trail 8—GC2018 Loop 3 Difficult grade 1.5km return 25min One way trail—follow signage onsite. Climb up a meandering trail before turning around and heading down a roller coaster full of humps, bumps, jumps and bermed corners.

Picnic and day-use areas

There are no picnic or day-use areas within Nerang National Park or Nerang State Forest.

Viewing wildlife

The national park and State forest provide quality habitat for locally-significant species such as the koala and short-beaked echidna, vulnerable species such as the powerful owl and glossy black-cockatoo and also the near-threatened common death adder.

Other things to do

Trail bikes and other forms of motorised vehicles are prohibited in Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest. Find out what trails the nearby Wyaralong trail bike facility has to offer.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • suitable walking shoes
  • drinking water
  • rubbish bags—no rubbish bins are provided so all rubbish must be taken home with you for appropriate disposal.

Opening hours

Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest are open 24 hours a day, but visits are encouraged in daylight hours. Remember, there is no camping permitted in the national park or State forest.

Permits and fees

A permit is not required to recreate within the park or forest unless the activity is a commercial activity or organised event (including competitive or sporting events). All commercial and organised events require a permit.

Pets

Domestic animals (other than horses using marked, shared recreational trails) are not allowed in Nerang National Park or Nerang State Forest.

Climate and weather

During the summer months temperatures can reach in excess of 30°C, with February being the wettest month. Winter days are pleasant with maximum temperatures around 21°C.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available at Nerang.

Staying safe

Emergency markers are located at all trail junctions throughout the park. Please take notice of these in case of an emergency. Knowing your exact or approximate location will save valuable time if you require assistance from emergency services.

Emergency markers are located at all trail junctions throughout the park. Please take notice of these in case of an emergency. Knowing your exact or approximate location will save valuable time if you require assistance from emergency services.

Emergency markers (unique alphanumeric codes) are located at the formalised park entrances and at each of the shared trail junctions. In an emergency dial Triple Zero and if possible, recite the closest emergency marker code to assist emergency services in locating the emergency within the national park or State Forest.

  • Wear suitable walking shoes.
  • Stick to tracks and trails and follow signs carefully to avoid getting lost.
  • Aim to complete walks and rides before dark and inform somebody of your plans.
  • Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Start longer walks and rides at cooler times of the day and carry plenty of drinking water.
  • Avoid bites, stings and scratches. Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to help prevent tick and other insect bites or stings, and scratches. Detour around snakes; never provoke them.
  • Take care of your property and personal safety. Thefts and assaults can occur in parks. Do not leave valuables in parked cars.
  • Access the mountain-bike track map on your smart phone or device and take it with you on your ride. Look for the QR code that is featured on the entrance signs at key entry points around the park.

Horseriders and cyclists ride safely

Give way code signFollow the give-way code

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead, ride within your ability and according to track and trail conditions.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—collision and personal injury may result.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet or muddy tracks and trails.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
  • Advise emergency services the nature of your emergency, your location* and, stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

* Please refer to emergency markers located at trail junctions to assist with orientation during an emergency.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Campfires are not permitted in the park or forest.
  • Trail bikes are prohibited.
  • Please do not feed native animals.
  • Please take your rubbish with you.
  • For safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing tracks and trails.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service(QPWS), under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, to preserve and present its natural and cultural values in perpetuity while still providing nature-based recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
Queens Street Mall, Queens Street Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: (07) 3006 6290
Email:

Beenleigh Information and Booking Centre
www.beenleighregion.com.au
Main Street Beenleigh Qld 4207
Phone: (07) 3287 1377
Email:

Canungra Information Centre
www.visitscenicrim.com.au
Kidston Street Canungra Qld 4275
Phone: (07) 5543 5156
Email:

Coolangatta Information and Booking Centre
www.destinationgoldcoast.com
Griffith Street Coolangatta Qld 4225
Phone: (07) 5569 3380
Email:

Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre
www.tamborinemtncc.org.au
Main Western Road Doughty Park
North Tamborine Qld 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 3200
Email:

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
13 December 2017