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Published May 15th 2016
A nature walk close to Surfers Paradise
If you feel you can only take so much of the glitz and glamour of Queensland's Gold Coast, here's an easy escape.

Federation walk is a 3km (6kms return) track through bush and dunes, so close, and yet so far from Surfers Paradise.

Federation Walk
Federation Walk Coastal Reserve

You can catch the 705 bus, or drive your car to the start of the walk which is across the road from that well known landmark called Sea World.

Here's a worthwhile tip if you are catching public transport; a one way bus trip from Surfers Paradise to Sea World will cost around $5.60. That's $11.20 both ways. If you purchase a 'go explore' card for $10, you immediately save $1.20 and the card entitles you to unlimited travel, all day, on buses and trams. So you can use it later to go out to dinner. Cards can be purchased at retail outlets and hotels.

go explore card
go explore card

If you drive to the start of the Federation Walk, there are plenty of carparks available as well as toilet facilities at each end of the walk.

Be sure to take drinking water and a hat.

Carparking and toilet amenities available

Adding a bit of excitement to this walk is the very real possibility of seeing a boa constrictor. They rarely slither out in public before dark but if you do see one, notify the relevant authorities.

Boa Constrictor
Beware the Boa Constrictor

As you begin the walk you'll see a sign indicating distances near and far. Surfers Paradise is 4.6kms south.

4.6kms to Surfers Paradise
4.6kms to Surfers Paradise

The path is made of compacted gravel and is therefore easy to walk along. You'll see cyclists too. It's a popular path so if you don't see a soul for let's say, ten minutes, you're lost.

Start of the track
Start of the track

There are exit points along the way, leading to quiet beach spots, fringed by coastal plants and trees.

Coastal plants in the dunes

The path goes through a narrow strip of land known as The Spit and finishes at the Gold Coast Seaway from where you can take in spectacular views of the coastline. To the north is South Stradbroke Island and to the south, the skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise.

Surfers Paradise in the distance
Surfers Paradise in the distance
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Why? Escape from the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast
When: Anytime
Where: Federation Coastal Reserve, Gold Coast, Queensland
Cost: Free
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