Marine Parade Foreshore Walk
Northern Gold Coast Walk
The coastal suburb of Labrador, north of Southport, overlooks the Gold Coast’s beautiful Broadwater and offers one of the most scenic waterfront walks on the Gold Coast.
Labrador’s Marine Parade is a 3.5-kilometre moderately trafficked trail stretching from Len Fox Park on Loders Creek north passed pelican-favourite Ian Dipple Lagoon and Harley Park opposite the historic Grand Hotel and famous Charis Seafood onward north to Quota Park.
With panoramic views of the Broadwater with sailing boats rolling and pitching to the lapping tides, this a four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway runs the full length of Labrador’s charming foreshore – a place where 1960s beach culture meets the English seaside.
Charming Labrador is one of the Gold Coast's best kept secret - where original surf shacks still line the lush semi-tropical streets, many of them beautifully restored to their retro best. The walk is also dotted with interactive and inventive sculptures, including the “Scales in Sea” and 4 Metal Fish, erected as part of a community renewal project.
Accessible year-round, the flat paved path makes this walk perfect for all skill levels and is primarily used for walking, running, dog walking... and scooting!
As you stroll, it’s soothing to see sail boats roll and pitch with the lapping tides in calm protected waters of the Broadwater.
The beautiful foreshore walk ends at shady Quota Park south of Biggera Creek and Bayview Harbour Marina.
Track Length: 3.5-kilometre (60 minutes one way).
Track Difficulty: Easy flat paved path.
Facilities: There is a carpark at Len Worth Park at the southern end of the walk, and at and Harley Park at Ian Dipple Lagoon. There are toilets, bubblers, shaded benches and picnic tables.
By Michaela Lyons
Track Entrance South: Pioneer Park, Marine Parade (near Ian Dipple Lagoon, Charis Seafoods and the Grand Hotel), Labrador.
Track Entrance North: Quota Park (near Lands End Bridge, Biggera Waters.