Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Photo: Bernard Hicks © Qld Govt Banksia woodland Oxley Drive Poinsettia Ave 250 500m Scale 0 Rainbow bee-eater (left); pink boronia (above right). Photos: © Qld Museum (left); © Alison Ilic (right) Highlights • Breathe in the perfume of delicate wildflowers—wallum wedge pea, yellow peabush and prickly broom heath bloom in late winter and spring. • Peek through binoculars and spy sacred kingfishers, rainbow bee- eaters and variegated fairy-wrens darting through the paperbark swamp forest. Getting there Pine Ridge Conservation Park is in Runaway Bay, 10km north of the Gold Coast city centre, accessed via Oxley Drive off the Gold Coast Highway. Connect with this sacred land of the local Aboriginal people, a place where meals made from local bush foods, fish and shellfish have been shared by the Traditional Owners for thousands of years. Discover shell heaps (middens) piled with oyster shells and imagine past feasts. Be a botanist for the day and try to distinguish the abundant forest types growing here—eucalypt forest with fragrant wattle, banksia woodland, paperbark swamp and coastal heath bursting with wildflowers. Things to do Picnic Relax with a picnic under the shaded forest canopy. Picnic tables are provided. Walking and cycling Unwind on a gentle bushland walk or cycle along the forested trail, past the last remaining patch of wallum banksia heath on the Gold Coast. Wildlife spotting Watch for echidnas snuffling in the leaf litter, and koalas and goannas in the tall bloodwood trees. Pine Ridge Conservation Park Escape the bustling coast to the golden banksia woodland and flowering heathland of a park rich with Aboriginal cultural significance. 11