What we're about

Welcome to the Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group.

If you're looking for a way to meet new people and you enjoy getting out and about in the great outdoors, you've come to the right place! We offer regular coastal, urban and bush walks so you're sure to find something that appeals.

Our members are a friendly bunch, with all age groups represented and everyone makes an effort to chat. Whether you are new to the Coast or have lived here for years, you may like to start with our popular 'Walk & A Wine' series. These are a monthly short stroll along a section of beachfront between Coolangatta and The Spit, followed by drinks or coffee at a one of the Surf Clubs.

Our group is free to join - we only request a gold coin as stated on each event to help cover the Meetup website cost. Please be courteous and keep your RSVP for events up to date, thank you

JOINING OUR GROUP and MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL (the easy but also important stuff!): Please use own given name and upload a recent passport style photo of only yourself - NO groups, children, animals, cartoon characters or scenes! You will be declined if you fail to meet this requirement. Note: Please be aware of possible multiple photos in your Meetup main profile, particularly if you belong to more than one Meetup group. An optional introduction can be filled out anytime.

Your photo helps recognise you and to connect with other members at our events, not to mention if we need to contact or remember who you are amongst others with the same name!

We have a heap of fun so what are you waiting for? Joining the Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group might just be the best thing you do this year!

Upcoming events (5)

Bush Walk - WARRIE CIRCUIT at SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK

Tallanbana Picnic Area Car Park - Springbrook National Park

PLEASE READ ALL - RSVPs ARE NOW OPEN - Event Cost $2.00 THE TRACK: Warrie Circuit – 17km. Time: 5-6 hours. Class 4 Track (Australian Standards). This is definitely a FAVOURITE hike - 10kms downhill and only 7kms uphill. One of the must-do iconic tracks for serious bushwalkers, this stunning trail criss-crosses a series of waterfalls, creeks, cliffs and gullies as you descent down to the Meeting of the Waters. Save your picnic for this beautiful spot where all the waterways draining the canyon converge before the slow steady climb back up the western side of the gorge. Keep an eye out for the giant spear lilies at the base of Goomoolahra Falls. HIGHLIGHTS: Hiking, Waterfalls, Views and Social aspects. AFTERWARDS: Coffee & Snack at Dancing Waters Cafe, 33 Forestry Rd, Springbrook. PLEASE CHECK HERE ON THE DAY BEFORE LEAVING HOME IN CASE OF ANY CHANGES OR CANCELLATION DUE TO BAD WEATHER WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, camera and phone. If you'd like to take a dip in one of the cool pools, pack your swimmers, towel and sandals (not thongs). All members are asked to bring a first aid kit on every hike. Please bring a $2 coin to help cover the Meetup website cost, thank you! We are a strictly non-profit organisation and any additional funds in the kitty are donated to the Springbrook SES each year. RSVPs: Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the day before to give those people who may be waitlisted a chance to go. Any questions contact Michael or Rozanne through Meetup. IMPORTANT: If you find you can't make it at the last minute on the day, text Rozanne –[masked] with Your FULL NAME so the group does not have to wait around unnecessarily. NOTE: Mobile reception is limited after we leave our starting point. CARPOOLING: We do not arrange the car pooling, however if you are able to assist or need car pooling please add your message in the Meetup "Comments" below (the Event you have RSVP'd to). Please offer the driver some reimbursement such as a coffee/food/cash. WALK SAFELY: See link below to QLD Govt, National Parks and Forests. https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/experiences/bushwalking/walk_safely.html PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or official club, it's just a group of people getting together who enjoy the same thing in a social environment. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are fit and able enough to undertake walks or hiking on these events. By attending a Meetup event, you accept and acknowledge that you are not dependent on the event organisers and/or group leader to participate in the event.

WALK & A WINE: OCEANWAY Part 4

Tugun Surf Life Saving Club

Continuing our monthly series of Sunday afternoon 'Walk & A Wine', we'll meet at the Tugun Surf Club - Look out for Jenny & Michael in the red shirts - Meet in the Park next to the Surf Club - Event Cost $1.00 THE WALK: We'll walk along the Beach heading south to Tower 7 at Bilinga and return for drinks afterwards at the Surf Club. This is one our few 'reverse' walks on our trek to the Spit! Distance approx. 4km, about 1 hour. RSVPs: Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the night before and text Jenny -[masked] or Michael -[masked] with Your FULL NAME on the day if you find you can't make it at the last minute so the group does not have to wait around unnecessarily. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! If you haven't been to one of our events before, our monthly Walk & A Wine is a great way to get a feel for what we're all about and to meet some new people. We've set ourselves the goal of walking the Gold Coast Oceanway, a 36km track that extends from Pt. Danger on the NSW/Qld border up to the Southport Spit. Each month, we'll do a short section on a Sunday afternoon, followed by coffee or drinks at the nearest watering hole. This is purely a social event and we take it at a leisurely pace so fitness is not an issue. Look forward to seeing you there! WHAT TO BRING: Water, hat, sunscreen, comfortable shoes. Photo ID is required for entry to our surf lifesaving clubs so please make sure you bring your driver's licence or similar. COST: We'll pass around the hat again for a $1 contribution toward the Meetup website. We are a strictly non-profit organisation and any additional funds in the kitty are donated to the Springbrook SES each year. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or official club, it's just a group of people getting together who enjoy the same thing in a social environment. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are fit and able enough to undertake walks or hiking on these events. By attending a Meetup event, you accept and acknowledge that you are not dependent on the event organisers and/or group leader to participate in the event.

Gold Coast Oceanway Walk in One Day!

The Spit Gold Coast

Hello all Hiking Enthusiasts, Join us for our first walk of the ENTIRE Gold Coast Oceanway in one go!! PLEASE READ ALL - RSVPS ARE NOW OPEN - Event Cost $2.00 THE WALK: From The SPIT SEAWAY, End of Seawall TO DURANBAH/NORTH TWEED SEAWAY, End of Seawall - Distance 36.5km NOTE: Including return walks from the seawall ends, the total distance is close to 39km. Meet by 5:45am for a sharp 6:00am START. OPTIONAL HALF WALK: Anyone that wishes to walk only to Burleigh Heads - 18km, you are welcome to join in too! PLEASE NOTE! When RSVPing, please put in your preferred option: Answer: FULL or HALF (can be changed later on RSVP 'tick') HIGHLIGHTS: Personal challenge, Hiking/Walking, Views, Social aspects. OBJECTIVE: The purpose is to finish and not to do an endurance test so we won’t be walking on the sand apart from some very small sections. We will hug the coast as much as possible walking the Oceanway pathways with some road sections. We only need to do a moderate pace to finish around mid afternoon, approximately 9 hours including breaks. We’ll do a quick break every hour or as required, with a 30 minute brunch halfway at Burleigh. Full directions of the walk will be available. Any questions contact Michael through Meetup. FYI: Sunrise is at 6:37am and Sunset 4:59pm with Winter Solstice on this day. FITNESS: This should be doable by most people that walk regularly, I consider myself of average fitness only and not so young, I'm not out to break any records although you may want to! Recommend those ‘not so elite athletes’ (like me) to do some partial or full distance 'warm up' walks along the Oceanway or at home well beforehand. AFTERWARDS: Celebratory drinks and dinner at Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club while watching the sun go down! LOGISTICS: You will need to arrange transport (a support vehicle?), your own lift or car pool or Uber. It is advised that you be dropped off at The Spit and picked up at Rainbow Bay SLSC (or Burleigh Heads). Your driver can then join in with our celebrations there! Catching the Bus back to The Spit is not a good option due to the time it takes - two buses are required, one from central Coolangatta to Broadbeach and then one from Broadbeach to Seaworld then a further 2.5km walk to The Spit. This can be ok for the half walk to Burleigh. WHAT TO BRING: Obviously a good pair of walking/hiking shoes with good socks (wool is best), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, light poncho, layered clothing, snacks, water bottle, small first aid kit (bandaids!), small backpack and lots of positive smiles! To keep the carry weight low, minimal water will be fine as there are lots of cafes and access to drinking water along the way. FEE: Please bring a $2 coin to help cover the Meetup website cost, thank you! We are a strictly non-profit organisation and any additional funds in the kitty are donated to the Springbrook SES each year. RSVPs: Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the day before. IMPORTANT: We will be leaving on time!! If you find you can't make it or are running late on the day, text Michael -[masked] with Your FULL NAME, thank you. CARPOOLING: We do not arrange the car pooling, however if you are able to assist or need car pooling please add your message in the Meetup "Comments" below (the Event you have RSVP'd to). PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or an official club, it's just a group of people getting together who enjoy the same thing in a social environment. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are fit and able enough to undertake walks or hiking on these events. By attending a Meetup event, you accept and acknowledge that you are not dependent on the event organisers and/or group leader to participate in the event.

Urban Walk - BYRON BAY LIGHTHOUSE

Byron Beach Cafe

PLEASE READ ALL - RSVPS WILL OPEN ON JUNE 2nd - Event Cost $2.00 Join us for a great walk, a mixture of beach, urban and bush to one of the most scenic lookouts on the east coast and Australia's most easterly point. It's going to be a nice leisurely day, you might like to get there a little earlier than our nominated start time for coffee or breakfast at the Byron Beach Cafe before meeting up with the group for a good 5km walk up and around Cape Byron and the lighthouse. Afterwards, we drive 'up the road' to Hotel Brunswick (The Bruns) for a nice cruisy lunch. MEETING PLACE: In Front of Byron Beach Cafe at Clarkes Beach, Lawson Street, Byron Bay. Please Note: Around most of Byron Bay central town, the carpark near our start and carparks further along toward the lighthouse is paid parking. THE WALK: Through The Pass and along Wategoes Beach up to Cape Byron and the lighthouse, returning the Palm Valley Loop. Mostly on paved tracks, some beach walking on sand, lots of steps up and down steep hills. Great views but be prepared for the climb up to the Lighthouse. We'll stop for an ice-cream or drink at the top and then head through bushland on the south side of the cape to return to our starting point. Grade 3 Track (Australian Standards). AFTERWARDS: Hotel Brunswick, 4 Mullumbimbi Street, Brunswick (approx 15 mins drive north of Byron Bay). Great counter lunches available. WHAT TO BRING: Water, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes or hiking boots, money for lunch and snacks and your happy face! Members are asked to bring a first aid kit to all hikes. Please bring a $2 coin to help cover the Meetup website cost, thank you! Any additional funds will be donated to the Springbrook SES. PLEASE CHECK HERE ON THE DAY BEFORE LEAVING HOME IN CASE OF ANY CHANGES OR CANCELLATION DUE TO BAD WEATHER RSVPs: Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the night before. Please advise if you cannot attend, to give those people who may be waitlisted a chance to go. Any questions contact Michael through Meetup. IMPORTANT: If you find you can't make it at the last minute on the day, text Michael -[masked] with Your FULL NAME so the group does not have to wait around unnecessarily. CARPOOLING: We do not arrange the car pooling, however if you are able to assist or need car pooling please add your message in the Meetup "Comments" below (the Event you have RSVP'd to). Please offer the driver some reimbursement such as a coffee/food/cash. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or official club, it's just a group of people getting together who enjoy the same thing in a social environment. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are fit and able enough to undertake walks or hiking on these events. By attending a Meetup event, you accept and acknowledge that you are not dependent on the event organisers and/or group leader to participate in the event. Please see QLD or NSW Govt, National Parks and Forests Website for lots more information.

Past events (639)

WALK & A WINE: OCEANWAY Part 3

North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club

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