Get outside – Hiking in Spring
Need some fresh air after a long work week cooped up inside? Want some exercise out of the gym where you can socialise, get fit, and be in nature at the same time? Then a hiking adventure may be just what you need!
Living on the beautiful Gold Coast most of us think of beaches. But there are many other places that deserve just as much attention. Here is a small list of places from easy to hard to go hiking and get outside. There are many hiking trails on the Gold Coast you can find a longer list here for more ideas.
1. Cedar Creek Falls –Tamborine National Park
If you’re just feeling like a tranquil stroll then this 1km hike is for you. You can take a dip in any of the three waterfalls after as well.
Distance: 1 kilometre – Time: 30 minutes – Grade: Easy
2. Purling Brook Falls Circuit – Springbrook National Park
This hike features a suspension bridge with great views, beautiful eucalypt forests and if you feel it you can even go for a little dip in the Warringa pool.
Distance: 4 kilometres – Time: 2 to 3 hours – Grade: Moderate
3. Toolona Creek Circuit – Lamington National Park
This is a full day of beautiful nature and waterfalls. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks with you along with good supportive hiking shoes.
Distance: 17 kilometres – Time: 5 to 6 hours – Grade: Hard
Quick handy tips for hiking/outdoor adventures:
1. Stay hydrated
Make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids prior to and during a long hiking adventure. It’s easier to bring more than you need than to be stuck in a situation of not enough.
2. Bring heathy food
Snacks are great for long hikes where you need extra energy – trail mix, fruit and veggies are all portable foods that aren’t processed and will fill you up on a hike. Pack lunch for when you get to the top and want to enjoy the view.
3. Wear supportive footwear
Make sure you have a good, grippy, supportive pair of shoes on your feet. Hiking shoes come in all variations. Hiking shoes range from low, mid to high but some are better for day hikes and others are better for backpacking with a heavy pack on your back. If you have troubles with ankle stability then a higher cut shoe may be better for you as they offer a more rigid support.
4. Bring a friend or let your friends/family know where you are going
Bring a friend with you if you want some company. Otherwise make sure to let your friends and family know where you are going and what time you expect to return. Some areas do not have phone reception so plan ahead for this in advance.