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About Nerang

Getting there and getting around

Nerang National Park is on Nerang’s north-west outskirts, 12km from Surfers Paradise and 70km south of Brisbane. There are five main access points to the park. These can be found in the south-east corner of the park and on the western side of the park along Beaudesert–Nerang Road. Please see the park locality map (PDF, 146K) for more information.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in the park.

Park features

A popular bush retreat for visitors and locals, Nerang National Park is a place to experience nature and enjoy recreating in the peaceful outdoors. Enjoy a scenic bushwalk or horseride, or go for a ride along one of the mountain bike trails.

Dry rainforest and open eucalypt forests of grey gum, blue gum, stringybark and tallowwood grow in the hilly reserve, while sections of remnant gallery rainforest thrive in the gullies.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted in Nerang National Park.

Nearby Springbrook National Park provides the opportunity to camp. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Horseriding is a great way to experience Nerang's shared trails. Photo: Kim Morris, Queensland Government.

Horseriding is a great way to experience Nerang's shared trails. Photo: Kim Morris, Queensland Government.

There is a range of riding opportunities in Nerang National Park. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

There is a range of riding opportunities in Nerang National Park. Photo: Kirstin Beasley, Queensland Government.

Shared trails

Shared trails in Nerang National Park can be used by horseriders, walkers and mountain bikers, unless otherwise signed.

When using these trails, walkers must give way to horseriders and mountain bikers must give way to both horseriders and walkers.

Horseriders and walkers are not permitted on the designated mountain bike trails.

Horseriders: help reduce your impact on our natural areas—please observe the following code of conduct.

  • Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail for the protection of watercourses in the area.
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
  • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
  • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before park visits.

Trail bikes and other forms of motorised vehicles are prohibited in the park.

Mountain-bike riding

Mountain-bike riders have access to all shared trails in the national park.

In addition, there are 20 designated mountain bike trails in Nerang National Park. Horseriders and bushwalkers are not permitted on these designated mountain bike trails.

Choose trails that suit your riding ability using the trail classification system provided. There are easy, intermediate and difficult trails.

Hint: Access the mountain bike trail map on your smart phone or device and take it with you on your ride. Look for the QR code that is featured on the entrance signs and at key points around the park.

Mountain bike trail classifications
Classification Description
Easy gradeEasy Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
Intermediate gradeIntermediate Trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with mountain bikes.
Difficult gradeDifficult Suitable for experienced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Expect large, dangerous and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk.
Mountain bike trails (horses and walkers prohibited)
Trail Classification Distance Time Description
1—Training Wheels Easy grade 350m 5min A short loop close to the trailhead for beginners to test their skills.
2— Casuarina Grove circuit Easy grade 2.1km circuit plus optional 1km loop 20min Ride through a grove of casuarina trees—the favoured food tree of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo. To extend your ride there is the option of diverging to an additional loop that adds another 1km (8min riding time) to your trip.
9—Goanna Easy grade 2.6km 20min Travel through eucalypt forest and dry rainforest, crossing numerous small creeks. Expect a mostly easy and enjoyable ride with a few minor challenges.
14—Goanna Loop Easy grade 2.5km 20min A mostly easy loop where you can test your cornering skills while traveling through open eucalypt forest.
3—Petes Intermediate grade 2.2km 15min Climb your way further into the park along this intermediate ride. Keep an eye out for lace monitors taking refuge on the trunks of the stringybark trees. This trail is also a great final ride back to the car park due to its slight and consistent downhill grade.
4—Rocky Horror Intermediate grade 2.5km 20min Experience the true rough terrain of Nerang National Park along this trail, as you dive down into the steep gullies and climb back out again. See how the vegetation changes as you approach the creek lines.
5—Three Hills Intermediate grade 2.7km 20min Starting at the junction of Centre Road and Castle Hill break, the Three Hills trail winds through open forest of grey gum and tallowwood, habitat for the regionally-vulnerable koala. Riders will navigate a mix of natural rock areas, fast and flowing trail, technical features and a couple of very short but tough pinch climbs. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.
10—Barneys Intermediate grade 520m 5min A short trail on a relatively steep slope that will test your skills. Negotiate rock-gardens, log drops and flowing corners to complete this trail.
11—Exit Intermediate grade 920m 10min A more direct route to leave ‘Happy Valley’ than the meandering ‘Goanna’ trail.
12—Happy Valley Intermediate grade 2.3km 20min Travel through open eucalypt and casuarina forest with numerous small creek crossings.
13—Upper Happy Valley Intermediate grade 610m 5min A shortcut between ‘Exit’ and ‘Happy Valley’ trails.
15—Wombats Intermediate grade 1.5km 15min Wombats provides an alternative climbing trail to ‘Elevator’ or an alternative descending trail to ‘B+Bs’.
16—Wombats Connection Intermediate grade 280m 2min As the name suggests, Wombats Connection joins ‘Wombats’ and ‘Happy Valley’ trails.
17—B+Bs Intermediate grade 310m 2min A descending trail, B+Bs takes you down into ‘Happy Valley’ for a quicker ride back to the trailhead and car park.
18—Baileys Intermediate grade 3.8km 45min Following one of the ridgelines through the middle of the park, Baileys links the trails in the eastern section of the park to those further west.
19—Elevator Intermediate grade 1km 10min A climbing trail to get you out of the valley and up to ‘Baileys’ or the trails further west. 
20—Explosions Intermediate grade 2.7km 20min This trail runs close to the quarry where explosions can occasionally be heard on blasting days.
6—GC2018 Loop 1 Difficult grade 1.2km return 10min One way trail—refer to map. Starting from the trail head, get some air and test your skills on this jump style trail specifically designed for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The loop is completed by returning up the shared trail to do it all again.
7—GC2018 Loop 2 Difficult grade 1.3km return 25min One way trail—refer to map. Test your fitness and technical climbing limits on this physically demanding trail. This loop was designed for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, to test the strongest riders in the world.
8—GC2018 Loop 3 Difficult grade 1.5km return 25min One way trail—refer to map. Climb up a meandering trail before turning around and heading down a roller coaster full of humps, bumps, jumps and berms.

Ride safely and responsibly

  • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
  • Make sure your bike is suitable—trails are designed for mountain bikes, not road bikes.
  • Ride according to trail conditions.
  • Slow down and warn other riders when approaching. Follow the give-way code.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
  • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.
  • Do not ride in areas closed to mountain biking.

Picnic and day-use areas

There are no picnic or day-use areas within Nerang National Park.

Viewing wildlife

The national park provides quality habitat for locally-significant species such as the koala and short-beaked echidna, vulnerable species such as the powerful owl and glossy black-cockatoo and also the near-threatened common death adder.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • sunscreen, insect repellent and protective clothing (including hats and shoes) to avoid bites, stings and sunburn.
  • drinking water and food for your visit
  • rubbish bags—no rubbish bins are provided so all rubbish must be taken home with you for appropriate disposal.
  • mobile phone and a well-equipped first-aid kit.

Opening hours

Nerang National Park is open 24 hours a day, but for your safety, visits are encouraged during daylight hours. Remember, there is no camping permitted in the national park.

Permits and fees

A permit is not required to recreate within the park or forest unless the activity is a commercial activity or organised event (including competitive or sporting events). All commercial and organised events require a permit.


Domestic animals (other than horses using marked, shared recreational trails) are not allowed in the park.

Climate and weather

During the summer months temperatures can reach in excess of 30°C, with February being the wettest month. Winter days are pleasant with maximum temperatures around 21°C.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available at Nerang.

Staying safe

Emergency markers are located at shared trail junctions throughout the park. Please take notice of these in case of an emergency. Knowing your exact or approximate location will save valuable time if you require assistance from emergency services.

Emergency markers are located at shared trail junctions throughout the park. Please take notice of these in case of an emergency. Knowing your exact or approximate location will save valuable time if you require assistance from emergency services.

Emergency markers (unique alphanumeric codes) are located at the formalised park entrances and at each of the shared trail junctions. In an emergency dial Triple Zero and if possible, recite the closest emergency marker code to assist emergency services in locating the emergency within the national park.

  • Wear suitable walking shoes.
  • Stick to tracks and trails and follow signs carefully to avoid getting lost.
  • Aim to complete walks and rides before dark and inform somebody of your plans.
  • Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Start longer walks and rides at cooler times of the day and carry plenty of drinking water.
  • Avoid bites, stings and scratches. Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to help prevent tick and other insect bites or stings, and scratches. Detour around snakes; never provoke them.
  • Take care of your property and personal safety. Thefts and assaults can occur in parks. Do not leave valuables in parked cars.
  • Access the mountain bike trail map on your smart phone or device and take it with you on your ride. Look for the QR code that is featured on the entrance signs and at key entry points around the park.

Horseriders and cyclists ride safely

Give way code signFollow the give-way code

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead, ride within your ability and according to track and trail conditions.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—collision and personal injury may result.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet or muddy tracks and trails.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
  • Advise emergency services the nature of your emergency, your location* and, stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

* Please refer to emergency markers located at shared trail junctions to assist with orientation during an emergency.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Campfires are not permitted in the park or forest.
  • Trail bikes are prohibited.
  • Please do not feed native animals.
  • Please take your rubbish with you.
  • For safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing tracks and trails.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Nerang National Park and adjoining Nerang State Forest, is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Forestry Act 1959, to preserve and present its natural and cultural values in perpetuity while still providing nature-based recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Gold Coast Airport Visitor Information and Booking Centre
 Site 20, Gold Coast Airport, Domestic Arrival Terminal, 1 Terminal Drive, Bilinga Qld 4225
Phone: (07) 5536 4709

Surfers Paradise Visitor Information and Booking Centre 
2 Cavill Avenue (Cavill Mall), Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217
Phone: 1300 309 440

Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre
Doughty Park, 2 Main Western Road
North Tamborine Qld 4272
Phone: (07) 5545 3200

Canungra Information Centre
Kidston Street Canungra Qld 4275
Phone: (07) 5543 5156

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
14 April 2020