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About Pine Ridge

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Getting there and getting around

Coastal heathland and eucalypt forest come together in Pine Ridge Conservation Park. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

Coastal heathland and eucalypt forest come together in Pine Ridge Conservation Park. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

Pine Ridge Conservation Park is in Runaway Bay, 10km north of the Gold Coast city centre.

Access to the car park and day-use area is via Oxley Drive off the Gold Coast Highway.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessibility is limited to the sealed bitumen bike track along the northern boundary (Columbus Drive) and eastern extent (Jacaranda Avenue).

Park features

Delicate wallum wedge pea Gompholobium virgatum flowers. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

Delicate wallum wedge pea Gompholobium virgatum flowers. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

While dune vegetation on the Gold Coast has all but disappeared due to urban development, a remaining patch of wallum heath vegetation is protected in this small park.

Wildflowers such as banksia, boronia and the wallum wedge pea are plentiful in late winter and spring, especially after good autumn rains.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Pine Ridge Conservation Park.

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

Take a peaceful walk along one of the management trails that border the park. Photo: Anthony Dillon, Queensland Government

Take a peaceful walk along one of the management trails that border the park. Photo: Anthony Dillon, Queensland Government

Sacred kingfisher. Photo: Bruce Cowell, Queensland Museum

Sacred kingfisher. Photo: Bruce Cowell, Queensland Museum

Walking

Take a peaceful walk along one of the management trails that border the park.

Picnic and day-use areas

Picnic tables are provided in the picnic area in the north-west section of the park. There are no toilet facilities in Pine Ridge Conservation Park.

Viewing wildlife

Lace monitors, koalas, bearded dragons and birds, including sacred kingfishers (pictured), rainbow bee-eaters and variegated fairy-wrens may be seen in the park.

Other things to do

Enjoy this unique landscape while cycling along the bitumen border tracks. Trail bikes are not permitted in the park.

Things to know before you go

Vibrant grasstrees Xanthorrhoea sp. decorate the banksia forest understorey. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

Vibrant grasstrees Xanthorrhoea sp. decorate the banksia forest understorey. Photo: Alison Ilic, Queensland Government

Essentials to bring

  • Hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Rubbish bags—take all rubbish away for appropriate disposal.

Opening hours

Pine Ridge Conservation Park is open 24 hours a day, but visits should be restricted to daylight hours.

Permits and fees

A permit is not required to visit Pine Ridge Conservation Park. Permits are required for commercial activities or organised events within the park.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Pine Ridge Conservation Park.

Climate and weather

During the summer months temperatures can reach 35°C, with February being the wettest month. Winter days are pleasant with temperatures reaching 22°C.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available at Runaway Bay.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Be prepared, even on short walks, and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out.

To enjoy a safe visit to this area, please:

  • Wear ankle-supporting footwear. Comfortable, ankle-supporting footwear is recommended—never thongs, high heels, new shoes or dress shoes. Your walk won’t be much fun if you get blisters or sprain an ankle.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Carry drinking water—water from swamp areas is not suitable for drinking as it may contain organisms that can cause illness.
  • Do not disturb snakes—give them space and wait for them to move on. Some snakes are dangerous. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Avoid bites, stings and scratches. Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to help prevent tick and other insect bites or stings, and scratches.

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

Looking after the park

Wallum banksia Banksia aemula woodland. Photo: Bernard Hicks, Queensland Government

Wallum banksia Banksia aemula woodland. Photo: Bernard Hicks, Queensland Government

Pine Ridge Conservation Park is particularly vulnerable to damage from external influences.

You can help protect the park by observing these guidelines:

  • Leaving all plants and animals undisturbed.
  • Leaving pets at home—even their scent frightens native animals.
  • Lighting of fires within the park is prohibited.
  • Feeding native animals may cause poor health and sometimes death; please do not chase, scare or feed the wildlife.
  • Taking your rubbish out of the park. This also includes disposing of garden clippings responsibly.
  • Riding trail bikes within the park is prohibited.
  • Keeping your bicycle on the bitumen border tracks.

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

Park management

Pine Ridge is very significant to the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of this land and is managed in consultation with them.

Tourism information links

Surfers Paradise Visitor Information Centre
www.destinationgoldcoast.com
Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
PO Box 7091, Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
Ph: 1300 309 440
Fax: (07) 5570 3259
Email:

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

Further information

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Last updated
16 March 2018