It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast city life; the cars flying down the Gold Coast Highway, the masses of people in the streets of Surfers Paradise and of course, the rush of university. Often it is nice to get away from it all and escape into nature, where the air is fresher and the atmosphere more peaceful. I have traveled to a few nature sites during my time on the Gold Coast, and as we approach the stressful time that is the end of trimester 2, I would like to share some of them with you.
Freeman’s Organic Farm south of the Gold Coast is a hidden treasure near the Currumbin valley. The view from the lookout is spectacular, and the slight breeze you can feel as you look out across the treetops and mountains is breathtaking. All week from 8am–3pm, Freeman’s market stalls sell their fresh, organic produce, and the iEightCafe provides a variety of snacks and coffee for those feeling a little peckish. Although not completely natural, Freeman’s Organic Farm is a place I love to visit and relax whilst being surrounded by gardens and fresh produce.
I have only been to Springbrook’s Natural Bridge once, and it was a spectacular place to visit. Walking down the path with trees on either side, the thundering of the waterfall filling your ears, is surprisingly relaxing. Just a short walk down some stairs and you reach the glow worm caves which you visit at night. My friend and I spent what felt like hours just staring at the unblinking lights along the cave walls, and gazing through an opening of the cave where we could see a waterfall crashing down. On our walk back to the carpark, we were visited by a friendly Tawny Frogmouth, a native Australian bird with unique facial feathers, who didn’t mind posing for a few photos. I would definitely visit Natural Bridge again, hopefully this time during the daylight, and I recommend others do too.
Burleigh Beach is my favourite beach on the Gold Coast. Although busy on the weekends, during the week or early in the morning you can lay on the sand or enjoy the waves without worrying about the crowds. And, when you’re finished soaking up the warm rays of sunlight and frolicking in the sea, you can retreat from nature to one of the many cafes and restaurants just a stones-throw away from the beachside. I definitely recommend The Pantry, with their delicious coffee and great breakfast menu selection.
I hope you enjoy these amazingly natural and peaceful places on the Gold Coast!