Winding its way from the Gold Coast’s original town centre, Southport, past its iconic beachfront and finishing at the Evandale Council Chambers, the Commonwealth Walkway is a unique legacy for the city.
The 10 kilometre walking trail unearths some of the Gold Coast’s authentic stories and scenic sights.
The final marker was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, along with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Lord Marland on behalf of the Outdoor Trust at the commencement of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Drawing on one of the concepts used for the iconic walk for pilgrims through Spain, the Santigao De Camino, participants are given a passport before they start the walk and encouraged to find answers to questions along the way. Answer them all, present your passport at a City of Gold Coast Customer Service Centre and you’ll received a signed Certificate of Achievement from the Mayor.
There are 37 points of interest on the route, each of them marked by a bronze plate. Each marker includes a piece of history, or details a place of interest, and inside the passport is a question about each location. Along the 20,000 step walk, you’ll learn about the city’s Indigenous heritage, the story of bikini founder Paula Stafford, and the first town hall.
Passing through four suburbs, you’ll soak up some fabulous views of the Broadwater, Surfers Paradise beach and the Nerang River. Other notable photo moments are the peacocks in Macintosh Island Park, the obligatory shot under the Surfers Paradise sign and the colourful koala statue at the entry to HOTA at the finish.
The Gold Coast Walkway is one of six completed across the Commonwealth with another 94 in planning. Others completed include Malta, Canada, New Zealand, Ascension Island and Scotland.
They are based on the Queen’s Walkway in Windsor, opened in 2016, to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s reign.