The Gold Coast is blessed with many scenic walks and one of the most picturesque on the northern part of the coast is the walk around Regatta Waters Lake at Oxenford. The 4km walk circumnavigates the lake, and is mostly flat, making it suitable for all ages. Popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog walkers, the walk is punctuated by water stations, to refill your bottles when they're empty, and fitness equipment for those who want to get the heart pumping a bit more.
Leaving from the Damien Leeding Memorial Park, follow the path around past the Southport Yacht Club's Watersport Centre, popular on weekends with rowing, outrigging and learn to sail classes. There are handy metre markers posted every 250m, featuring the artwork of local school children, so you can keep tabs with how far you've travelled (or how far you have to go!) The northern part of the track winds it's way over a narrow strip of land separating the lake from the Coomera River, and you have wonderful views of both.
For the canine athlete the dog agility park gives the owners a break from walking, while the dogs can run off any excess energy they have. There are undercover park benches here, plus many more dotted around the park for those needing a rest, or who simply want to take in the lakeside scenery. For our younger walkers there is a playground down the far end near the bus stop at Regatta Avenue, plus the main one, which features a flying fox, back near the car park. Unfortunately swimming is not permitted in the lake, due to the water quality.
While following the path down around the southern side of the lake we pass magnificent lakefront homes. Make sure to take some time out to watch for the fish, which frequently splash around, jumping out of the water. Eventually we find ourselves back around where we started. Now is the time to get a welcome cold drink or a bite to eat from the cafe at the Watersports Centre (but be warned, it closes at 11 am weekdays and 2pm on weekends). For those who want to provide for themselves there is a picnic area with barbecues, plus a toilet block nearby.
There is ample parking at the entrance to the park, though this can be quite crowded on Regatta days, or alternately bus route 723 running between Helensvale and Coomera stations stops at Regatta Avenue, right near the south western entrance.
The beauty of this walk is that you can take it at your own pace, stopping whenever you want, or you can time yourself as part of an ongoing fitness plan. This little gem of a walk is away from most of the tourist haunts, and provides a family friendly environment in a lovely suburban area. So get your walking shoes on and get outside for some fresh air.