Not only is walking a convenient way to get from A to B, apparently it’s also a great way to learn a thing or two about the city you reside in and gawk at some sweet scenery along the way.
While there are many picture-perfect places to stroll around our beloved Gold Coast, for the purposes of this article we’re going to focus on the latest one.
Surprise, it’s The Commonwealth Walkway which was created for both locals and visitors to embark on a marked, 10km stroll around the Coast while at the same time learning about our city’s unique heritage. Just delightful.
There are 37 markers along the way (bronze, because we’re fancy like that) starting at the Southport Chambers and finishing up at the Evandale Council Chambers.
Along the way you’ll come across incredible stories like that of the Yugambeh people, upon whose traditional land the Gold Coast was built.
A few stops down is the Southport Pier, where the Coast’s first jetty constructed in the 1800s when SoPo was a booming holiday destination.
Moving onto Surfers (we’ve skipped ahead a few steps), you’ll stop at the Gold Coast Meter Maid sign to discover the 1960s origin of the glitter girls and why locals used them to keep tourists coming back.
You’ll say g’day to Matey the dog, a Surfers legend who used to walk patrons home from a long night at the pub, cross the Chevron Island bridge, make your way past the Surfers Paradise Rowers Club (perhaps pause here for a hard-earned frothy) and, eventually, find yourself at the Council Chambers.
Of course, there’s plenty more but what’s the fun in spoiling the surprise.
If you thought the Coast’s history was all 1960s surfers and beach shacks you’d be right but there’s much more to it than that and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t find out exactly how our city came about.
Don’t forget, there are plenty of bars and eateries along the way because there’s no need to deprive yourself of the things you love.
Grab your walking shoes and get to it.
LOCATION: Starts at Southport Chambers, 56-58 Nerang Street, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith.