Doug Jennings Park and Seawall Walk
Northern Gold Coast Walk
Located on The Spit at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Doug Jennings Park is positioned at the southern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and a popular destination for picnickers, fishermen, divers, surfers and swimmers but also for walkers, ready for some exercise served with stunning views.
Doug Jennings Park covers about 30 hectares of the prominent coastal Peninsular on the eastern side of the iconic Broadwater.
Walkers are spoilt for choice with options to pad the Seawall west from the muralled water tower and/or Moondarewa Spit south along the westerly-facing Moondarewa Beach foreshore.
The 700-metre walkway along the south wall of the Gold Coast Seaway, also known as the Seaway Promenade, offers unobstructed views south along the city’s coastline, north to the scenic beaches of South Stradbroke Island and along the Seaway to the hinterland.
The very end of the walkway has a great view of the Gold Coast coastline and has become one of the most popular places for a selfie on the coast.
Walkers wanting to include the Moondarewa Spit walk with the Seawall will delight in this easy 3.4-kilometre lightly trafficked loop trail taking in all of Doug Jennings Park.
The Moondarewa Spit walk trail winds west from the “Clear Waters, Bright Skies” water tower then south along the westerly-facing Moondarewa Beach foreshore, and is primarily used for walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. This path is sealed and good for all skill levels. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
With panoramic views of the Broadwater this a four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway runs the full length of the foreshore.
This path is popular so walkers will need to watch for bikes, scooters and folks on roller skates.
The walk is quieter and more spectacular at sunset, and as well as taking in the vistas of golden sand and gently rocking yachts, you’re likely to spot a teeming variety of the shorebirds of the Broadwater.
Keen walkers may like extend their walk by curving back up past Connor Hurley Beach to rejoin the Seaworld Drive. Look for the trail markers!
Joining the SeaWorld Drive walking path, you can venture down to SeaWorld Drive beach and boatramp. There's nothing like a walk with a view west to the sunset!
Track Length: Seawall 700 metres. Moondarewa Spit 3.4-kilometre (60 minutes one way).
Track Difficulty: Easy wide paved path.
Facilities: There is a car park, toilets, bubblers, shaded benches and picnic tables.
For history buffs: The name Moondarewa is a corruption of the Aboriginal name Moonjerrabah which was the name for a mosquito. This township was lost into the sea in the late 1930s during storms as the Broadwater Entrance migrated northwards. The township of Moondarewa was located in the area near where Seaworld is located today!
By Michaela Lyons
Track Entrance: North end Seaworld Drive, the Gold Coast Seaway.