Cycle Queensland, Sightseeing Ride, Oceanway Cycle Path Three

The Oceanway Cycle Path is made up of three rides totaling 36km. The paths provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get out and exercise all along the length of the Gold Coast, next to the beaches with numerous vistas and headlands providing views across the area. The majority of the bike riding is on off-road cycle paths with just a few short sections of on-road paths and quiet residential streets.

This is an especially lovely series of bike rides to do early in the morning, just after sunrise. Unfortunately many others have the same idea so be patient, give way to pedestrians and enjoy the bike ride.

Oceanway Cycle Path Three

The last of the three rides in this book covers a stretch of beach from Bilinga, through Coolangatta to the end of the Oceanway path at Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Sit back and enjoy the steady cruise along Bilinga, North Kirra, Kirra, Coolangatta and Greenmount beaches. The pathway is flat and open and the views across the beaches are what the Gold Coast is all about. The path is easy to follow so there is no chance of you going astray.

After Greenmount Beach, turn right behind the SLSC to head upwards along Hill Street. Keep turning the pedals to the top before descending down towards Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks, popular surf spots. Follow the road to Point Danger and the Captain Cook memorial with views south, over the New South Wales border and all the way along the Tweed Coast. One café deserves a special mention here, Latitude 28, directly opposite the memorial.

Access

The start point is just off the Gold Coast Highway, running down the length of the Gold Coast, just in-land from the famous beaches. This is easily accessed from either the north or south via the Pacific Motorway.

Food and Drink

Take your pick! There is a huge selection of cafés, eateries and coffee shops all the way along this ride.

Side Trip

The Gold Coast! There is so much going on here that it is impossible to not find something of interest for you to do. If all else fails, the beaches are hard to beat.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at the corner of Gibson St and Pacific Pde. Continue south along the cycle path, past the Bilinga SLSC.
  • 1.6 Continue ahead on the cycle path when you come up to the roundabout on your right. The path opens up before you as you pass first of all North Kirra and then Kirra Beach.
  • 2.6 Continue past the Kirra SLSC and around the corner into Coolangatta. 
  • 3.9 After passing the Coolangatta SLSC, immediately turn right to ride along the side of it.
  • 4.0 Turn left on to Hill St.
  • 4.1 At the top of Hill St, follow the road to the right and continue ahead, on to Marine Pde, as it descends to Rainbow Beach.
  • 4.5 After passing the beach, follow the road as it begins to climb. This is a short and sharp climb to the finish. Continue ahead as it first bends to the right and then the left.
  • 4.7 End of the ride. Enjoy the view from the Captain Cook Memorial, looking down upon Point Danger and the Tweed Coast.
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    5.095 km / 3.166 mi

    Total Distance

    45 m / 148 ft

    Total Ascent

    22 m / 71 ft

    Total Descent

    28 m / 92 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: options
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Non Existant
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 4.7
    Elevation Gain: 73
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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