Want to get that summer bod in shape for free while taking advantage of the Gold Coast’s gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery? Well, you’re in luck because we have just the answer. It’s time to grab the activewear and lace up those trainers because we’re letting you in on all the best running tracks the GC has to offer.
If the idea of running is more of a hell-to-the-no rather than an F yea, don't worry, we've got you covered no matter what your fitness levels. All tracks are perfect for a run, jog, power walk—even a leisurely stroll and chinwag with your pals.
On your marks, here are our picks for the best running tracks on the Gold Coast.
Miami To Surfers
For intermediate runners or keen walkers, get your joggers on the Coast’s glorious golden sand. Starting at Miami Hill lookout, run on through all the way to Surfers Paradise Sign and back to clock up 16kms on your Garmin. This will certainly give the legs a good challenge and is also great for a power walk or stroll. Plus, can you think of a more gorgeous motivating place to sweat it out than our beaches?
Hidden near Harbour Town Shopping Centre is the luscious Coombabah Wetlands. This track is perfect for those who are looking to soak up the beautiful fresh air, serenity and greenery. You might be lucky enough to spot some wildlife and may even find a kangaroo or two hopping along with you. Pick a track at your preferred distance from anywhere between 2-12kms here. The wetlands has a track to suit the beginner all the way through to the marathon trainer.
The Southern Surf Club Hop
Training for a marathon? Maybe just a halfa? Get your joggers on and follow the track of the southern Surf Clubs. You can choose your desired kilometres as to where you would like to start, but we recommend making your final stop a sunset or a sunrise right outside the Rainbow Bay Surf Club for the ultimate coastal view. Or if you would rather finish up there, head on into the club for some all-important rehydration. For the advanced runner clock up 17kms from Miami Surf Club through to Rainbow Bay or for the beginner, enjoy the beautiful views from Kirra Surf Club through to Rainbow Bay Surf Club and back for a 4km time trial.
Burleigh Heads National Park
The OG Gold Coast running track is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners, and if we’re being honest is our absolute fave for a morning sweat sesh. Open up your lungs through a steep incline and run through the national park packed with stunning greenery, wildlife and incredible ocean views. Head all the way through to Tallebudgera Creek and back for a 2.3km run and reward yourself with a couple of moments of serenity at the Burleigh hill or a post-exercise acai bowl at Kiss The Berry.
Nerang National Park
This is not one for the faint hearted. Intermediate and advanced runners can put their fitness to the test at Nerang National Park for some epic trails including tracks of 7km, 15km or 25kms. Headphones in, runners tied tight and it’s just you and the most beautiful forest surroundings. If you’re a regular runner and you haven’t been through the Nerang National Park yet, put this on your hit list.
Morans Falls Track
If you’re keen to take your runs off track and are ready for a serious quad burn, take this weekend’s sweat sesh into the hinterland of Lamington National Park. Run along the Morans Falls track for a 4.4km trip through rain forests. Packed with climbs and descents, it will certainly mix up your usual run—plus it's always good when you can stop, catch your breath and admire a beautiful waterfall. Take the track at your own pace or challenge yourself leaping through the rocky hinterland, this is our fave Gold Coast running track for all fitness levels.
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