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Dancing Waters Cafe

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area

Free Entry 

Located right next door to Springbrook National Park and the Purlingbrook Falls walking track, the Dancing Waters cafe has been established for approximately 25 years and has been consistently open seven days week.

The proprietor, Anastasia Theodore, who has been operating this establishment since late 2007, has incorporated her Naturopathic Experience to the menu providing a healthy selection of sweet and savoury foods to choose from including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free alternatives. A menu of tasty toasted sandwiches has been developed over the years and enjoyed by their patrons. Salads are popular in the summer months and are dressed with locally made Young's Already Famous Raspberry Vinegar dressing along with olive oil from Anastasia's mother's olive grove in Greece. Another favourite is Quesadillas, also drizzled in their exclusive olive oil.

A variety of feathered friends frequent the cafe and entertain their patrons. These birds are wild but have become accustomed to human interactions, some more than others especially those rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras and King parrots . They do not encourage patrons to feed the birds as inappropriate foods have devastating effects on their health.

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Bistro Cafe Deli

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33 Forestry Road
Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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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.

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.

Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim

Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Area
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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.

Cork n Fork Winery Tours

Multiple Locations
From AU$130.00 - 160.00
Judi and Peter, husband and wife team, locals of the area, are the first and only exclusive wine tour operators who will take you on a small group but intimate and personalised wine tour experience! Cork 'n Fork Winery Tours will pick you up from your accommodation or private home on the Gold Coast, Brisbane (not north of Brisbane Central Business District) or Coolangatta, visit five different wineries, and the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch within one of these prestigious wineries, or visit the Scenic Rim wineries with pick up from Brisbane only. Cork 'n Fork Winery Tours specialise in running team building days for companies, hen's day out, special events, getaways for couples, birthdays, anniversaries, social club outings and Christmas parties just to name a few. Special attention is given to all listed events and especially couple getaways; packages are also available with different kinds of accommodation.

Balloon Aloft Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
From AU$189.00 - 299.00
Balloon Aloft flies daily over the Gold Coast and scenic Hinterland. Join the excitement of hot air ballooning with Balloon Aloft Gold Coast. Float like a cloud as you watch the sunrise climbing over the unforgettable panorama of the Gold Coast skyline, waterways and hinterland backdrop. Watch the sun reflecting off the myriad of canals and waterways, view the surrounding forest covered mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland - this is the most spectacular hot air balloon ride in Australia. During your flight you feel no wind, simply because you have become the wind - this is the unique sensation of hot air ballooning. You will be transported on an aerial nature walk by the world's oldest and most romantic form of flight. Allow their pilots to gently navigate you through the wondrous adventure of flight in a hot air balloon. After the exhilaration of flying effortlessly above the Gold Coast skyline, it's time to gently wind down with a sumptuous champagne buffet breakfast at the award winning Chelo's Restaurant. During breakfast you will be presented with your personalised flight certificate as a memento of your hot air balloon ride experience, with Balloon Aloft Gold Coast.

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.

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.

Hinze Dam

Gold Coast MC, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
After nearly four years under construction, Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast has reopened to the public on 19 December 2011. Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976 and was raised in 1989. The AUD395 million Hinze Dam Stage Three upgrade saw the dam wall raised by 15 metres, doubling the dam's capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation. Visitors are encouraged to visit the dam and explore the new facilities which include a state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre, lakeside parks, walking, bike and horse trails, increased car parking, toilet facilities and barbecue areas for public use. Two new boat ramps have also been constructed. The Western Boat Ramp (Nerang Murwillumbah Road) and Eastern Boat Ramp (Little Nerang / Range roads) are now open for use. Please note access to the Hinze Dam recreational facilities is now via Advancetown Road. There is no longer access via Gilston Road.
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