Brisbane | Gold Coast

Get Off-Grid Without Straying Far

For Sand-Lovers and Tree-Huggers

Get Off-Grid Without Straying Far

We’re pretty spoilt when it comes to crystal clear beaches and greenery and everybody knows it. Ever tried to visit Burleigh Beach on a Saturday or nab a spot on the hill come Sunday afternoon? If crowds aren’t your style, but you’re in need of a scenic spot, get your space in one of these places.

Lennox Heads

With 4WD beach access, you can decide exactly how much space you need. A spot that has often received recognition for shark attacks, you might want to leave your board at home. Cruise down the sand and pick one of the sunniest spots to set up a blanket, umbrella and dock. Crank it as loud as you want, no one’s around to hear.

Tallebudgera Valley

Coming across Araluen Swimming Hole is like striking gold. Let the mineral-rich water drum down on you, washing away the week. After a day lazing in the fields and flying from the rope swing, the ice cool water is sweet against your skin.

Fingal Head

Just across the border and off a bumpy dirt road you’ll find Kerosene Inlet, one of the Gold Coast’s best kept secrets. A river side swim spot that will take you far from all the petrol fumes, crowded streets and nagging families. The trail head will pop up on your left, then it’s a guessing game, wandering up through the shrubbery.

Lamington National Park

Moonlight Crag, a lookout nestled within the park, is one of the best views you’ll find on the coast. This spot is so beautiful, you might just spot a wedding party snapping pics. Blank out your entire day and go wandering among the birdsong and the breeze. Take the 8 kilometre scenic trek at your own pace, stopping at rushing falls and escarpments along the way.

About the Author

Jamie-Lee Rowley

Jamie-Lee Rowley

I’m a creative-visualist that loves bees, beers and devouring well-written books. A 70s babe, born in the 90s. I appreciate marmalade skies, write poems exploring female sexuality and equality and walk barefoot along off-beaten tracks. You’ll find me searching through vintage stalls, staring at obscure art, helping out at local markets, crowd surfing at live music events and sampling every acai the coast has to offer. As a certified Nutritional Therapist, I advocate sustainable living in the sun, the salt and the studio, a statue in Warrior II.