Surfers Paradise Beach to Macintosh Island Park

1 h to 1 h 45 min

20 min to 45 min
1 h to 2 h 15 min

4.6 km
return

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Easy track
Starting from Eileen Peters Park off Northcliffe Terrace, this return walk follows the Surfers Paradise Beach via a concrete track, then crosses the Main Beach Parade and takes you to the scenic pedestrian bridge in Macintosh Island Park. The vast Coral Sea on one side, and the astoundingly tall skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise on the other. It’s a perfect way to get to know the area as the flat and paved track lets you focus on nothing but the amazing scenery you’re in. Don’t hesitate to bring your whole family: the track features playgrounds, bbq areas, resting spots and lots of other amenities. On top of all that, it’s wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget to stop and admire the views over Nerang River on the bridge as well. After the journey, take your shoes off and jump into the welcoming waters of Coral Sea to complete the experience. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed at the beach. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-28.0051048,153.4313983)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Smith Street Motorway, 10
  • Turn on to High Street, 3 then drive for 1.1 km
  • Turn left onto Queen Street, 20 and drive for another 640 m
  • Keep left onto Queen Street, 20 and drive for another 4.3 km
  • Turn left onto Clifford Street and drive for another 300 m
  • Turn left onto The Esplanade and drive for another 115 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Eileen Peters Park off Northcliffe Terrace, head along the concrete footpath as you keep the sea to your right, moving parallel to the road(to your left). Stay on the track and keep moving in the same direction to continue along Surfers Paradise Beach to Macintosh Island Park Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start).
Find the Eileen Peters Park at the start.
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 200 m pass the toilet (on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 15 m pass the "Surfers Paradise Surf Life" (35 m on your left).
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After another 85 m pass the shelter (25 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "ESPL Coffee" (45 m on your left).
Then pass the "Beachfront markets" (on your left).
After another 240 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 40 m pass a seat (9 m on your left).
After another 40 m pass the BBQ (9 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 8 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 15 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass a seat (20 m on your left).
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 65 m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 50 m pass the picnic table (8 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the BBQ (8 m on your left).
After another 90 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 520 m head into the "David Evans Reserve".
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 230 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 10 m head into the "Macintosh Island Park".
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 75 m turn left.
Then cross the bridge
Continue another 125 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.3 km to get back to the start.
About 35 m past the end is a toilet.
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Terrain
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Surfers Paradise Beach to Macintosh Island Park


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 4.6 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 480 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 6 on route, on average they are 660 m apart with the largest gap of 2 km.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.1 km apart with the largest gap of 3.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-25 m[toilet]
Toilet
380 m[toilet]
Shelter
480 m[shelter]
Toilet
660 m[toilet]
Toilet
740 m[toilet]
Toilet
1.1 km[toilet]
Toilet
2.6 km[toilet]
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