Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve Walks
Southern Gold Coast Walk
Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve is one of the Gold Coast’s lesser-known recreational treasures. Nestled in Elanora’s Lakewoods, just west of Currumbin, this always green parkland offers walks with views across the water, the paddocks and bushland.
Named after one of the most prolific early property developers on the Gold Coast, the late Eddie Kornhauser, this sprawling reserve offers parklands with dog off leash area, tidal water ponds and a network of sealed pathways for walkers or cyclists accessible via ample carparks on Casuarina Drive or Guineas Creek Road.
The Western section of the recreation reserve is bordered by Tallebudgera Connection Road and Baekea Drive near the horse stables and Tallebudgera State School and runs south to Tipuana and Valley Drives in the South.
However, if you are seeking an easy, sealed circuit with best views of the tidal water ponds, you’re best to start at the access points from the Casuarina Drive picnic area or Guineas Creek Road carpark. Choose your direction, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, but allow 30 to 45 minutes to complete your circuit.
Only once you set foot on the walking track and start meandering off the road into the reserve, you will discover the size and natural beauty of this lovely leafy place with views over the hinterland mountain ranges.
You’ll see couples exercising, kids exploring on their little bikes, people sitting at the river enjoying the native flora and fauna, or simply strolling and enjoying the peace and quiet this area has to offer.
Walking through the reserve passed tidal water ways and floodplain parklands, you’ll get the opportunity to watch abundant wildlife enjoy in pristine waters of the reserve.
This is a haven for birds so keep your eyes peeled. Magpie Larks, Kookaburras, Parrots, Lorikeets, Ibis, Egrets, Flycatchers, Wrens, Willie Wagtails, Butcherbirds, Honeyeaters, Thornbills, Black Swans, Mallards and Woodland ducks frequent the reserves waterways.
You'll likely hear the frogs and Cicadas, but you also might be lucky enough to spot the occasional fish jump or turtle pop its head up. Waterside branches harbour treefrogs, and tree-snakes and you’ll always catch site of a Bearded Dragon, Blue Tongued Lizard or an Eastern Water dragon basking on sunny banks.
Track Length: 2.4km circuit (30-45 minutes)
Track Difficulty: Easy sealed pathway with some wooden footbridges.
Facilities: There are toilets, bubblers, shaded picnic tables a children’s playground and parking at Casuarina Drive and ample parking on Guineas Creek Road.
By Michaela Lyons
Track entrance: From the Casuarina Drive picnic area or Guineas Creek Road carpark