During Anzac morning, our plan was to walk our Kokoda Challenge teams to one of the ANZAC morning services. It’s amazing how much changed in such a short time; instead, I walked to the top of one of the many hills on the Gold Coast, on the way, it was amazing to see how many people walked to the end of their drives at the crack of dawn with a candle to show their respects to our ANZAC’s. To hear the last post on an electric guitar showed the adaptability of our population to still commemorate the day.


As of Saturday 2 May, Queenslanders are now able to leave their homes for recreation and the distance they can travel has been extended to 50 kilometres. This means that we can start to explore our beautiful Gold Coast once more and perhaps stay away from the crowded beach and venture on one of the amazing walks The Gold Coast has to offer. Here are a couple of walks near Hillcrest to get you out of the house, enjoying the fresh air, nature and also stretching those legs which have been mostly house bound.

Upper Austinville National park walk: A steep walk up to mount Nimmel or a slightly easier walk up Austinville road and onto mount Fairview. Quite hard walks but worth it for the views across the gold coast.

Upper Austinville rock pools: An amazing stroll down to Mudgeeraba creek. The less crowded sister of the Currumbin rock pools, amazing early in the morning.

Here is some photos of  some of our Kokoda Challenge teams out for their early morning training in Term One.