A Gold Coast gal who loves exploring new places and experiencing new activities. Variety IS the spice of life
Published September 16th 2017
Getting Active on the Gold Coast - no excuse now
Did you know you can enjoy a multitude of leisure activities throughout the entire Gold Coast for near nothing? The City of Gold Coast runs an annual Active & Healthy Program to encourage the community to get active at all ages with the majority being free of charge or at small cost ... how lucky are we?
When I first learnt of the program I was like a kid in a candy store ... there were so many to choose from including running, walking, yoga, healthy eating workshops, martial arts, pilates, tai chi, aqua classes, group fitness, boxing, dancing, meditation, seniors activities and school holiday programs. Where do you start? Thanks to their helpful activities calendar, you can narrow it down by suburb and/or activity.
And just when you've scheduled in your weekly running and group fitness sessions you need to find time for the awesome nature-based activities and workshops through the City's NaturallyGC Program. I have personally done the Tally Creek kayaking tour through this program. It was a fantastic morning starting at Fleay's carpark kayaking down to Tallebudgera Beach Park. The guides point out wildlife and stop at the mangroves to explain the local ecosystem along the way. It was a great learning experience whilst enjoying a part of the Gold Coast I had not yet visited, not to mention getting a work-out as well. It was also at a fraction of the price ($10) of the normal price.
Me enjoying the Tally Creek kayaking
Examples of other activities in the NaturallyGC Program are Burleigh Headland walk and talk, bushwalks, nature photography, how to grow native plants, exploring rock pools and the list goes on. All require bookings as there are limited spaces.
And if the Council hadn't given us enough reason to get off the couch, they provide us 11 parks around the City with fitness circuits to get us outside and into shape. Some of the equipment include a cross trainer, stepper, ab-hip swinger, ezy rider, shoulder press, rowing machine, cycle seat, butterfly press, push up and sit up boards. I was recently at the James Overell Park in Southport and the equipment looked near new and with a great view of the Nerang River to boot.
My advice is to jump on the City of Gold Coast's website to view the full programs, perhaps subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates and get inspired like I did.