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4 sports you can practise social distancing

Dominica Czaczka | March 2020

Gyms and yoga studios are closed. Contact sports are a no-go and you can no longer attend footy matches, let alone watch them on TV.

Living on the Gold Coast and an active lifestyle often go hand-in-hand, however the impacts of Covid-19 have transformed how day-to-day living looks like for many. Earlier this week, a ban on gyms and indoor sporting venues was implemented, resulting in widespread closures of facilities across the city. If you’re not self-isolating or feeling unwell, experts have confirmed you can still head outdoors to exercise at this stage – as long as limiting unnecessary contact is observed.

So how can you enjoy a side of sport while practising social distancing?

1. Surfing

Don’t snake, don’t drop in and share the waves dictate basic surf etiquette – and these rule lend themselves to keeping a safe distance while surfing. Gold Coast beaches currently remain open, however surfers and beachgoers alike have been warned to keep a safe distance amongst themselves. With more than 57 kilometres of coastline to choose from, there’s plenty of space to go round if we all do the right thing!

2. Golf

With more golf courses per capita than the rest of Australia, it’s safe to say the Gold Coast has more pars than you can poke a golf club at. As per the advice of the Queensland State Government, golf can still to be played as long as users adhere to strict social distancing measures. While some venues have made the decision to close, these courses are still open and waiting for you to take a swing.

Links Hope Island
Springfield Drive, Hope Island

Set within a 360-hectare luxe waterfront community, it’s not hard to see why Links course consistently ranks in Australia’s top ten resort courses. The championship 18-hole course was designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and previously hosted the 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic and Qantas Legends Classic. The Links team are currently operating under reduced hours with the driving range currently unavailable, however putting green and chipper can be used. Contact Links Hope Island on 07 5530 9033 for bookings.

Surfers Paradise Golf Club
1 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters

Offering the best value for money, Surfers Paradise Golf Club offers a variety of specials to keep you swinging at a competitive price. Established in 1967 and operated by members, the club prides itself on being the friendliest course on the Gold Coast.

Glades Golf Club
Glades Drive, Robina

Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman himself, the 72-par course is typical of the pro’s trademark aggressive layouts and makes way for a challenging round of golf for punters. Greg Norman is renowned for his bunkering worldwide and the course doesn’t disappoint – it has 94 bunkers onsite.

Burleigh Golf Club
114 Albion Ave, Miami

One of the oldest clubs, Burleigh Golf Club has been offering up rounds of golf on its manicured lawns and tree-lined fairways since opening its doors in 1950. The course is located in the heart of Miami and been a stable fixture of the beachside suburb since its launch.

3. Running

Parkrun events have been suspended globally to minimise unnecessary social interaction, however Gold Coasters can continue to pound the pavement; albeit without a training partner. Avoid the usual crowds of popular beachside running locations and use this as an opportunity to discover a new running route.

Why not try one of these tracks?

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Park
Access off Shelter Road, Coombabah

Lined with beautiful wetlands and an abundance of wildlife, the wooden boardwalk is the ideal track for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. With trails ranging from 2 to 12 kilometres, there are plenty of options for all skill levels.

Nerang National Park
Access off Mount Nathan Road, Nerang

Not for the faint-hearted, the hills and off-road tracks in Nerang National Park are the ideal challenge for runners looking to push themselves.

Hinterland Regional Park
30 – 46 Hardy Road, Mudgeeraba

Get you daily fix of fresh air with a fix of hinterland goodness. Situated in Mudgeeraba, the parklands offer a variety of interconnected trails to suit all fitness levels.

4. Cycling

With more than 2400 kilometres of bikeways and paths across the city, the Gold Coast has plenty of routes to keep you pedalling.

Gold Coast Oceanway

If you’re after a social spin on easy ground, hop on your bike for a leisurely cruise along the oceanway. Start your trip from Tugun and take the seaside cycling path north to Surfers Paradise Esplanade.

Tallebudgera Valley

Snap on the Lycra, clip on the cleats and get ready to get the endorphins going with this scenic ride. Make your way down Tallebudgera Creek Road from West Burleigh out to Tallebudgera on this 18.8 kilometre route amidst lush greenery and steep climbs.

Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, we recommend checking with individual providers regarding opening hours and follow any further updates from the Federal Government and Queensland Health.

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