Worshipping the Sun God, is almost a religion on the Gold Coast and people from all over the world flock here to partake in exposing the body beautiful to the sun. If you get your timing right you will end up with the perfect tan but if you don't, you're more likely to end up looking like a well cooked rock lobster more suited to a seafood dish and it can be very painful and may spoil a greater part of your vacation. So be warned, take care and ensure the liberal use of suntan lotion.
We start our ride at Burleigh Heads and cycle south towards Point Danger. Every facet of this ride will reveal something new and exciting. As we head south, we cross the bridge spanning Tallebudgera Creek turning left and following the path past Tallebudgera Recreation Camp, alongside Tallebudgera Beach until reaching 23rd Avenue at Palm Beach. It is then a matter of using the footpath on the side of the Gold Coast Highway until reaching 17th Avenue. Turn right into Jefferson Avenue and continue south along the dedicated cycleway which turns into a pathway at Lacy's Lane. Continue on the path beside Currumbin Creek across a boardwalk where you will have to dismount and wheel your bike a short distance to Beree Badalla Mangrove Tree Haven Wetlands Reserve.
|Some of the wildlife you may see on this ride|
Here are three species of birdlife, all unique and totally content to live with each other in harmony. It is a great pity that humans can't do the same.
|Pathway following Currumbin Creek|
Cross the creek at Thrower Drive and continue along the path until you reach Currumbin Beach.
There is no doubt that by using a bike as our transport instead of a car enables us to see and take in so much more of the space surrounding us.When using a car, I always try to take the shortest possible route between two points, however, when I'm on my bike, all my senses appear to heighten and not only do I see more but my hearing and sense of smell are enhanced as well. As an example, take the sense of smell. When driving past a bakery, I may well see the sign "BAKERY" but it fails to arouse any emotion, however, when riding past a "BAKERY" and getting a whiff of freshly baked bread or pastries, my taste buds become aroused and if it is some time since I have eaten I may suddenly feel hungry.
Because the signage is so good, it would be possible to complete the route without referring to a map but I think it is always wise to have one for reference just in case
Point Danger is the most easterly aspect on Queensland's mainland and affords spectacular views. We spent a good hour just watching the whales passing and catching up with some of our maritime history as told in a series of plaques.
Trust Scotty to source out the best smoothie joint in all of Queensland.
Even more than I like a good flat white coffee I absolutely love an Espresso Smoothie and I have to let you in on a little secret, the best espresso smoothie is made at Hopscotch, Shop 29a, 70 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Qld, 4225
|Google Map depicting the route from Burleigh Heads to Point Danger|
Distance: 34k Surface: Minimum amount of unsealed track
Difficulty: Easy Fitness: Moderate
Type of bike: Any bike in good condition Family friendly: Yes
Enjoy the ride and keep it safe.