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Mount Bithongabel

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area

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Lamington National Park boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. As the Border Track to Mount Bithongabel climbs 240 metres, observe the change from subtropical to temperate forest. Good examples of Antarctic Beech, a cool temperate species, are growing in the area around Mount Bithongabel.

The view from Bithongabel Lookout allows one to trace Bernard O'Reilly's journey when searching for the lost Stinson in 1937, along the McPherson Range to the West as far as Mount Throakban. Continue past some large tree ferns on the left to Toolona Lookout where a view can be obtained of Mount Warning and Murwillumbah.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
Green Mountains section, Lamington National Park
Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Queensland
Australia

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A boutique cooking school, set on two acres of landscaped gardens on the Western Escarpment overlooking the Albert Valley on Mt Tamborine. Just 40 minutes drive from the Gold Coast, there is a daily lunch cooking class featuring the freshest seasonal, regional produce with matching wines. Tamborine Cooking School follows the Slow Food principals and most of the food is organic. Guests can choose from classic French, Middle Eastern, Asian and Modern Australian classes.

OReillys Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Situated on the banks of the Canungra Creek in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a boutique vineyard dedicated to the enjoyment of fine food and wine. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine, a delicious meal or High Tea on the verandah of the historic Queenslander homestead or picnic by the creek under the shade of the Silky Oaks. Owned and operated by the O'Reilly family, the property features a grand ballroom, intimate dining rooms, sweeping verandahs and a cedar cellar door bar. O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards produce three wine ranges: Picnic, Platypus Play and O'Reilly's Generations Reserve Series. They have named their premium range after members of the O'Reilly family, which as pioneers of O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in nearby Lamington National Park, are an icon in the area. Open seven days a week, guests are free to explore the property and creek, which is home to a family of platypus. The vineyard provides the perfect venue for casual picnic basket, social group outing, off-site function venue or a unique wedding venue.

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is one of the Gold Coast Hinterlands most charming wineries. Bring your camera and take in the wonderful scenery, as well as enjoying the taste of some of Queensland's finest wines. The vineyard consists of two varieties including Chambourcin and Verdelho, and even though the vines are relatively young, their Chambourcin in particular, is producing a fabulous Rose. Their other varieties of wines and grapes are sourced from some of Queensland's top vineyards, which provides the winemaker with a wonderful resource when developing their wines. The winery also has a restaurant which adjoins the Gazebo and Deck overlooking Wild Duck Lake. The Lake is a 15 mega-litre sanctuary for the native wildlife in the area. The reaches of Cedar Creek, which flows through the property, are also home to a number of platypus. The property is quickly developing into a popular tourist attraction with the addition of the Prime Ministers Way, which is a short stroll through rainforest which leads to the Glow-worm Caves. The caves consist of two main cave structures linked by a tunnel with one cave dubbed the Cathedral Cave.

Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$250.00 - 250.00
Enjoy a day or a weekend with Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim flying over the Gold Coast hinterland with a delicious champagne breakfast at O' Reilly's Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting, daily from Canungra, Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain. Start your day, watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the spectacular Scenic Rim; see it all from a new perspective, 360 degree views of Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park and to the east see the shimmering tall towers of Gold Coast city, impressive spires against the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean. Balloon pack up games then afterwards, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambience of Canungra Valley Vineyard's historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings and wide relaxing verandas, with a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling wine. Stroll the gardens or wander the Vineyard and enjoy a visit and free wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyard Cellar Door.

The Veresdale Hotel

Logan City Area
One of the older, family friendly hotels in Queensland, the Veresdale, or the 'V' Hotel as it is now affectionately known, was sold privately in November, 2010. Since that time it has been tastefully renovated in keeping with the best attributes of the friendly Hotel atmosphere. The Veresdale Hotel is located on the Mount Lindsay Highway approximately half-way between Jimboomba and Beaudesert. It is situated right in the heart of Queensland's richest dairy, beef and horse stud area, with the very best of the state's thoroughbred racing horse studs. The Hotel may look a little small from the outside, but once indoors you have access to their beautiful outdoor dining areas, where the pastoral view is quite spectacular. Don't forget they have a stylish gazebo for that special luncheon or dinner. In their new modern kitchen, chefs produce fine food from their Bar and Grill and offer an array of great cuisine specials. Families with children are welcome at the Veresdale Hotel and can either dine outside or in their fully renovated and air-conditioned restaurant which offers an inviting, relaxed atmosphere, typical of the friendly Hotel tradition. See you at the 'V'.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled among 52 acres of privately owned rainforest, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is truly a hidden secret. Whether you come from the metropolis to the north, the glittering city or from a destination afar, the journey along graceful winding roads among lush, untouched fauna and clean mountain air makes Songbirds a discovery worth making. The property features six luxury villas, including an executive villa set amongst the beautiful rainforest at Tamborine Mountain. The spacious villas have a king size bed, double spa bath, lounge area with gas ember fire for cooler nights and a large outdoor deck. Facilities include minibar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, microwave oven, television with local channels and cable, DVD player and stereo. You have the opportunity to dine in the Award Winning restaurant where meals are fresh, innovative and served in an environment which is the perfect setting for a lazy lunch or intimate dinner. Songbirds restaurant has won many awards and has an international reputation for its food, wine and high standard of service as well as its spectacular ambience. Only the very best, fresh ingredients are used and much of the produce comes from the restaurants large, organic garden and local producers.
Have a Polish experience without jumping on a jet at The Polish Place at Mount Tambourine. The on-site restaurant serves those staying at the property's chalets as well as those just passing through for the day. The menu ranges from Polish dumplings to duck with Granny Smith apples and plenty of other intriguing dishes in between. While you're there, head to the Polish Gallery, dedicated to Polish art, jewellery and interesting artefacts.

Tamborine Cooking School

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Cooking School is located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland in South East Queensland. One hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast, it offers cooking lessons using the best and freshest produce in the region. A multi course themed lunch menu is prepared (French, Italian, Moroccan, Asian, Spanish, Greek), guests can be hands on as they want to be or sit and watch the demonstration. Terri is a qualified chef and you can find out all the tricks of the trade, and answers to your culinary questions. The classes usually start at 10.00 a.m. with two hours of preparation, then lunch is served to you at a beautifully laid table overlooking the Scenic Rim. After lunch there is time to stroll around the lush landscaped gardens with views. It is a memorable day out with the best of what Tamborine Mountain has to offer. You will take home the printed menu and recipes and a new enthusiasm for cooking.

TreeTop Challenge

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$49.00 - 49.00
At the TreeTop Challenge you will have the ultimate adventure experience as you undertake 100 TreeTop challenges spread over six massive courses, spanning through 10 acres of unspoilt natural bushland combining rope and wire challenges. You will hang about in the trees, balance on the suspended bridges, tackle the massive tarzan swing and jump on 12 flying foxes with some spanning over 130 metres - it's great fun, extremely safe and appeals to the dare devil in everyone! All safety equipment is supplied and participants are fully instructed on its usage before beginning. Qualified supervisors guide adventurers to ensure a fun adventure filled day. All you need to bring are closed in shoes and a dare devil attitude! They are open seven days and cater for everyone from the age of seven and up.

Araucaria Ecotours

Multiple Locations
From AU$99.00 - 1485.00
Travel from Brisbane with wildlife experts for a day or several days with a zoologist or experienced naturalist, learning about Australia's fauna, flora and geological history. Visit rainforests, bushland, wetlands, quiet beaches, outback waterholes or other habitats, seeking kangaroos, koalas, platypus, birds, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife. Beginners and avid birdwatchers alike enjoy birding day-tours with gentle walking and plenty of opportunity for photography in forest and wetland. A wildlife and forests day-tour shows you koalas, wild kangaroos, flying foxes (fruit bats), birds, glow worms, rainforests, eucalypt forests tea-tree wetlands and a waterfall all in one day. The three-day wildlife overview tour (choice of camping or guest house) introduces you to all major wildlife groups in Australia while visiting a variety of habitats and a wildlife park, and can be extended with an extra day or two for snorkelling, whale-watching (in season) and Aboriginal culture. Six or eight day outback tours are run on demand, usually twice a year (spring and autumn). All ages and fitness levels are welcome on most tours. Customised tours are possible (usually for a minimum of four people): choose from primitive camping or any level of accommodation for overnight tours.
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