The Gold Coast is much more than a ‘glitter strip’, the city is quite unique in that it offers a modern city life but at the same time it’s so easy to escape it, and connect back with nature. The great thing is, most of the natural attractions and beautiful scenic locations are free. Map of locations at the bottom of the page.
There are several lookouts that offer great views over the Gold Coast including:
Canyon Lookout at Springbrook National Park – just out of the picture to the left are two waterfalls, this camera shot looks straight towards the Gold Coast.
Best of All Lookout – not too far from Canyon Lookout, this spot provides an amazing panoramic view. This is actually the rim of a 20 million-year-old volcano.
Burleigh Heads National Park – there’s a walking track that goes all the way around the headland and one that heads up to the top. Either provide great views to the north and south along the coastline.
Lores Bonney Lookout – at the end of Kelly Avenue, walk up the small hill for amazing views towards Surfers and also south towards Burleigh.
The Panorama – great views of the city on a clear day
Doug Jennings Park and The Spit – follow the road around the Spit and through Doug Jennings Park to enjoy views across the water to Southport and Main Beach.
Tallebudgera Creek – at the mouth of the creek there’s some great sandy beach like banks and great natural views.
Currumbin Rock – interesting rock formation, great beaches here plus surfing and great views in all directions.
Elephant Rock – a short walk from Currumbin rocks, walk up the stairs for great views.
Greenmount, Coolangatta – walk around the bottom of Greenmount or up to Pat Fagan Park for amazing views along the coastline.
Kirra Point – walk, or drive, to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park where you’ll find a barbecue, shelter and amazing beach and coastal views.
Snapper Rocks – Plenty of walking tracks around this really scenic and popular surfing area.
Point Danger – awesome views along the coast of NSW and north into QLD.
Hinze Dam – Beautiful views
Natural Bridge – there are so many amazing scenic locations within Springbrook and Lamington National Parks, this is just one of them. Natural Bridge is a spectacular natural formation caused by erosion over time
See the Gold Coast Beaches for a list with pics + map
Also see our page with more Things to do on the Gold Coast