Plan to promote city’s nature based recreation spots

3 November 2015

The location of the city’s 13,000 hectares of conservation reserves might be one of the city’s best kept secrets but this is set to change, thanks to a new plan.

The city’s Nature Based Recreation Plan, approved today by full Council, aims to educate Gold Coasters about nature based recreation opportunities.

Mayor Tom Tate said the plan addressed community concerns raised during the public consultation process.

“Residents told us that a lack of knowledge about the location of trails and facilities was the major barrier to participating in nature based recreation,” he said. 

“The city has approximately 850 conservation reserves and we want to activate them by promoting activities like bird watching, mountain biking, kayaking and bush walking,” he said.

“Mobile friendly online maps will be developed to make it much easier for locals and visitors to get active in our city’s natural areas.”

Cr Tate said the City recognised the environmental significance of its natural assets and would keep high impact activities out of sensitive areas.

A number of projects have been proposed in the plan, including construction of a mountain bike track in the Mudgeeraba/Reedy Creek/Bonogin area and improved trails for nature study at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. 

A short walk between the picnic area and the lookout at Lower Beechmont will also be opened and new signage will show people the route to the summit of Mt Nathan with its panoramic views over the City.

Ecotourism businesses will be able to offer environmentally sustainable activities in the city’s reserves through the development of a permit system.

View the Nature Based Recreation Plan at


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