Nerang National Park Gold Coast

Photo credit: © Qld Govt

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.

    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.

    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
    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)
    1—Training WheelsEasy grade 350m 5min A short loop close to the trailhead for beginners to test their skills.
    2— Casuarina Grove circuitEasy 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—GoannaEasy 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 LoopEasy grade 2.5km 20min A mostly easy loop where you can test your cornering skills while traveling through open eucalypt forest.
    3—PetesIntermediate 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 HorrorIntermediate 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 HillsIntermediate 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—BarneysIntermediate 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—ExitIntermediate grade 920m 10min A more direct route to leave ‘Happy Valley’ than the meandering ‘Goanna’ trail.
    12—Happy ValleyIntermediate grade 2.3km 20min Travel through open eucalypt and casuarina forest with numerous small creek crossings.
    13—Upper Happy ValleyIntermediate grade 610m 5min A shortcut between ‘Exit’ and ‘Happy Valley’ trails.
    15—WombatsIntermediate grade 1.5km 15min Wombats provides an alternative climbing trail to ‘Elevator’ or an alternative descending trail to ‘B+Bs’.
    16—Wombats ConnectionIntermediate grade 280m 2min As the name suggests, Wombats Connection joins ‘Wombats’ and ‘Happy Valley’ trails.
    17—B+BsIntermediate 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—BaileysIntermediate 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—ElevatorIntermediate grade 1km 10min A climbing trail to get you out of the valley and up to ‘Baileys’ or the trails further west.
    20—ExplosionsIntermediate grade 2.7km 20min This trail runs close to the quarry where explosions can occasionally be heard on blasting days.
    6—GC2018 Loop 1Difficult 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 2Difficult 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 3Difficult 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.