Gold Coast Hinterland

Providing the green behind the gold, the Gold Coast Hinterland is full of unspoilt Gondwana Rainforests and charming mountain villages, filled with antiques, artisan galleries and decadent caramel fudge worth the drive.

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Spend a weekend in Mount Tamborine and experience the hinterland café culture or go on a wine tasting tour through the region. There’s also a local distillery, if you’re not a wine enthusiast.

Get back to nature at a retreat in Lamington National Park and taste local wines from vineyards like Cedar Creek Estate and Canungra Valley Vineyard. Or, throw on an apron and learn to cook using local produce at Worendo Cottages.

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The Mouses House - Rainforest Retreat

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
From AU$225 - 355
The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat in Springbrook is arguably the most unique chalet accommodation resort of its type in Australia located in the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$275 - 400
Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a luxurious boutique retreat with just 10 secluded, individual and private tree houses all offering a magnificent sub-tropical rainforest vista. Pethers is exclusively designed for adults.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Lamington National Park, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$149 - 699
Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from multi award winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat nestled in the iconic Gold Coast hinterland (Queensland, Australia). Proudly operated by passionate third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926.

Hillside a Country Retreat

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$180 - 195
Set high on a plateau on the edge of the escarpment of Tamborine Mountain, Hillside Bed and Breakfast and Gumnut Cottage's unique location offers beautiful views across the Hinterland to the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean.

Binna Burra Lodge

Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
From AU$30 - 645
Binna Burra Lodge is under one hour's drive from the Gold Coast and just 90 minutes from Brisbane, the rainforest of Lamington National Park sprawls like a rich emerald carpet across the spurs and valleys of the McPherson Ranges.

Cave Rock Cottages

Lamington, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$210 - 225
Cave Rock Cottages is a private oasis of over 100 acres adjacent to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park, just 90 minutes drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The cottages are an ideal place for a back to nature family holiday or quiet romantic getaway.

Tall Trees Motel Curtis Falls

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$140 - 330
Tall Trees Motel offers boutique accommodation for families, doubles and singles. Only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, and around an hour from Brisbane. They offer the perfect location for overnight stays, weekend getaways and family holidays.

Lamington National Park camping

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Set yourself up in one of the camping areas and spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Take short walks or long treks deep into the park’s forest, exploring boulder-strewn mountain streams, dramatic lookouts, rugged cliffs, plunging gorges and secluded, mountain-top camp sites.

Yumeji Japanese Retreat

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$290 - 320
Yumeji is a blend of Japanese and Australian hospitality located on Tamborine Mountain. Styled after the ryokan and minshuku of Japan, Yumeji Japanese Retreat offers guests a unique opportunity to experience "omotenashi", the philosophy of Japanese hospitality.

Tamborine Mountain Bed and Breakfast

Eagle Heights,
From AU$170 - 220
Uniquely Australian, Tamborine Mountain Bed and Breakfast is perched approximately 500 metres above sea level and has sensational views of the Gold Coast and Hinterland. The Main House deck, where you can enjoy a superb breakfast, commands a magnificent view stretching from Moreton Bay to the Gold Coast.
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Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is divided into two sections; Green Mountains Section and the Binna Burra Section. Both have walking trails and hikes through lush rainforests and ancient trees, waterfalls and creeks. There is a lot of wildlife in the Lamington National Park, so please leave your pets at home if you’re visiting.

There are toilets, picnic areas, parking and a kiosk in the park grounds.

What to see and do

Conquer the Coomera Circuit in the Binna Burra Section and see the magnificent Coomera and Yarrabilgong Falls cascade into a 160m gorge. This journey is a 7-hour circuit across 17.4km. If you’re looking for a shorter walk, try the Binna Burra Section’s 1.2km Rainforest Circuit (30-mins) or the Bellbird Lookout track (1-hr).

Retreat to the Green Mountains Section and camp near Morans Falls. This spot is perfect for an overnight camp trip or for hikers keen to stay longer and trek some of the longer walks in the hinterland. For an amazing sunset, walk to the Morans Falls or Python Rock lookouts.

Discover the waterfall circuit in the Green Mountains Section to find Elabana, Chalahn and Box Log Falls or explore the rainforest canopy with a Tree Top Walk.

How to get there

Lamington National Park is a two-hour drive south of Brisbane or a one-hour drive from the Gold Coast. You can drive through Beechmont to access the Binna Burra Section via Binna Burra Road, or drive through Canungra and Sarabah to find the Green Mountains Section along Lamington National Park Road.

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park covers a whopping 6,725 hectares and is divided into four eco-quadrants; Springbrook Plateau, Mount Cougal, Natural Bridge and Numinbah. Discover moss-laden rainforests, cool cascading waterfalls and lots of wildlife. Pets are not permitted in the Springbrook National Park area.

What to see and do

The main attraction in Springbrook National Park is the Natural Bridge which is beautiful during the day or at night. It’s a natural phenomenon formed by the force of a waterfall. The pressure has created a natural moss-covered rock formation where flowing water falls through the centre. You can easily access the Natural Bridge from the Nerang-Murwillumbah Road car park.

Visit the Natural Bridge at night on a guided tour and you’ll be able to see the resident colony of protected glow-worms and microbats. And, on summer nights, you’ll also see luminous fungi and fireflies.

Cave Creek in the Natural Bridge section is a restricted access area. Swimming in the creek, including within the cave, and access to the creek bank is prohibited.

Trek the Purling Brook Falls Circuit in the Springbrook Plateau section to see the Warringa Pool and the Purling Brook Falls. You’ll be treated to colourful hakeas and wildflowers along the way. This is a 2-hour walk and it’s best to do the circuit in a clockwise direction.

There are 11 sites in The Settlement campgrounds and they are easy to find. It gets a little cold at night, so pack a jumper and a beanie.

How to get there

Springbrook National Park is about 2-hours south of Brisbane, or just 45-minutes from the Gold Coast. Aim for the hinterland suburb of Advancetown and then follow Nerang-Murwillumbah Road into the lush hinterland. You can then drive along the Gold Coast Springbrook Road and Pine Creek Road to find The Settlement Campgrounds.

Adventure Safely

  • Follow all signs
  • Take your rubbish
  • Stay on the walking tracks
  • Take care near cliff edges
  • Stay in designated look out areas
  • Never dive or jump into creeks or pools
  • Don’t move rocks or disturb the vegetation near creeks
  • Leave your pets at home

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