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Surfers Paradise is not just a stop for beach bums and party animals. And while there aren’t too many adventure activities right in Surfer’s Paradise, the beauty of this town is that it is located right in the heart of the Gold Coast, an adventure lovers paradise! Whether you prefer a swim in a waterfall, sunrise at the top of a mountain, or a hike through the rainforest, the adventure activities on the Gold Coast are all just a short ride away from Surfer’s.
Swimming in the Currumbin Rock Pools
The Currumbin Rock Pools are a great but not very well-known destination for a hot summer day on the Gold Coast. Located just 45 mins away from the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, the pools are tucked away inside the Currumbin Valley, on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. On one side, the pools are surrounded by large flat rocks and grassy areas, perfect for sunbathing, relaxing, or having a picnic. On the other side, the pools are bordered by steep rock walls and trees that are often used as jumping off points into the pools. The pools depth varies, with some places being shallow enough to be safe for the whole family.
The Currumbin Rock Pools are popular with the locals and can get quite busy on a hot summer day. If you are looking for an even more secluded spot, check out Cougal’s Cascades, located just 6 kilometers up the road inside the Mount Cougal National Park (which is actually a part of the Springbrook National Park). This area offers the same (or better!) rock pool fun, but is much less known, much more shaded, and so much more beautiful!
Hiking to the Top of Mount Warning
Mount Warning is a volcanic plug left over from the Tweed Volcano that erupted in the area millions of years ago. Mt. Warning is located inside the Wollumbin National Park, just an hour away from the most easterly point of Australia – Cape Byron. Due to this close proximity to Cape Byron, and it elevation of 1,156m, Mt. Warning is the first place to receive sun rays in all of mainland Australia.
Every year over 60,000 people embark on a 8.8 kilometre trek to the top of Mt Warning. You can hike through the night to arrive at the top just in time for sunrise (many do), or trek during the day and enjoy the stunning views from the top as a reward for the 5 hour return trip.
Trekking Through Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park consists of 4 sections: Springbrook Plateau, Mount Cougal, Natural Bridge and Numinbah. Springbrook Plateau offers the most walking tracks, waterfalls, and amazing lookouts and is the one worth visiting if you are looking for an easy and adventurous day-trip from Surfer’s Paradise or other parts of the Gold Coast.
Check out Wunburra lookout, Canyon lookout, Goomoolahra Falls lookout, and Best of All lookout. Or you can embark on a 4 kilometer hike along the Twin Falls circuit or the 17 kilometer 5-6 hour hike along the Warrie Circuit.
In the evening, take a drive over to the Natural Bridge section of the park, located along Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, located a short 30 minute drive from the Springbrook Plateau, to witness the glow worms inside the Natural Bridge Cave.
These adventurous activities are fantastic day-trip options for anyone looking to explore the beautiful Queensland beyond its major sights and attractions. Loved and admired by locals, these are the gems hidden away from the tourist crowds that truly represent the beauty of the Gold Coast area.
To get the scoop on getting into Surfer’s Paradise, info on where to stay and other travel tips, check out my other article on Flying into Surfer’s Paradise.
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