From beaches to bushland, there are endless tracks to explore on two wheels. Here are our favourite Gold Coast bike rides for families.
Gold Coast bike rides for families
Main Beach to to the Spit
This easy 90-minute peddle follows the Federation Walk on one of the Gold Coast’s most scenic routes. It starts at Southport Life Saving Club and continues along the beachside bike track past the Sheraton Resort, turning onto a dirt path where you can choose either to continue through the bush or along the Oceanway to the Seaway. Cycle under the sand-pumping jetty until you reach the Spit wall and return via the road bikeway along Seaworld Drive, passing by the sheltered bay of the Marine Stadium. It’s worth stopping for a meal of fresh-caught prawns and fish at the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-Op.
Surfers Paradise to Main Beach
This is a great entry-level ride for beach-loving families. The relatively flat 5 km route has uninterrupted pathways and is ideal for those wanting plenty of scenic and action-packed pit-stops along the way.
North Burleigh to Burleigh Headland
This 5 km ride is one of the best Gold Coast bike rides for families, with stunning views, kiosks and playgrounds along this beautiful stretch of coast. The path is a little pebbly, so watch out for the little ones. For those wanting an extra challenge, stay on the track all the way through to Miami for a bountiful brunch before heading back.
Hinze Dam is a brilliant space for kids that just want to roam free. The 3.8 km loop is flat and has two lanes, just like a mini road, making it a great bike ride for families. It’s not quite sealed and can be a bit rough but it’s a beautiful, peaceful place to spend a few hours. There are picnic spots there, too. Located about 30 minutes from the coast, it’s easy to find Hinze Dam by following signage from Nerang. The on-site cafe has tasty food, and there are lots of photo opportunities and an information centre with videos for history buffs to watch. Kids may be amazed to learn this is where the water in our taps comes from!
Darren Smith Memorial Route
This 48-kilometre tree-lined seafront track – named after a local Olympic cycling legend – draws serious cyclers, but the good news is that it’s mostly flat, so families can enjoy rides in smaller stretches. The reward is amazing views all the way from Point Danger and Coolangatta to the south, to Surfers Paradise and Paradise Point in the north, with great cafés and restaurants to refuel at along the way.
Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve at Elanora has smooth, easy-riding paths. This is a large flat reserve with a lovely lake that’s ideal for kids and those wanting a leisurely cruise. Shady trees provide pretty spots for picnics and the kids can go koala spotting among the 14,000 trees planted in 2020. Access the reserve by parking at Guineas Creek Road or Casuarina Drive.
The grassy areas, dirt roads, asphalt roads and boardwalks along the river make Coombabah Lakelands Reserve at Coombabah one of the best all-round Gold Coast bike rides for families. This flat conservation area is home to koalas, kangaroos and wetland wildlife like fish and crabs. The gates are open from 6 am to 6 pm daily. To access the tracks, use Rain Tree Glen or Myola Court, Tea Tree Boulevard and Tiger Drive.
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