Take care while walking around the sand dunes and on Gold Coast beaches. The dune plants are fragile and vital for protecting the beaches from coastal erosion, and while they are well-adapted to living in a harsh environment, they can be easily damaged by trampling.
It is also important that you protect yourself by keeping a look out for potentially dangerous animals which live in the dunes, such as spiders, ticks and even mosquitos which can carry nasty diseases such as Ross river virus.
Snakes also live in the dunes so please keep an eye out for them. Remember, colour alone is not a reliable snake ID tool and if you see a snake, you should assume it is deadly venomous and stay well away from it. Snakes may strike if they feel threatened with most snake victims having either got to close to a snake or been bitten while trying to harm a snake.
Unfortunately there may also be sharp items on the beach or within the dunes such as broken glass, tin cans or discarded needles so please wear enclosed shoes to protect your feet.