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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Southern Cross 4WD Tours Gold Coast

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Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. Travelling in their Luxury Mercedes four wheel drive vehicles and visiting exclusive country venues.

Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
The Canyon Flyer guided zipline tour is Australia’s largest, highest and fastest guided zipline tour that consists of seven Huge Zip Lines spanning 1.5 kilometres that cross Cedar Creek Gorge multiple times before dropping into the gorge and flying just above the tree top canopy below.

Twin Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

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Springbrook National Park has breathtaking lookouts, magnificent waterfalls, dense rainforest and ancient Antarctic beech trees. The park is part of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

ECO Safaris Queensland

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Eco Safaris Queensland specialises in private nature and wine safaris around South-East Queensland. Either choose a 'Suggested Safari' or tailor exactly to what you want. Many options on these informative and luxury tours from active safaris deep in the rainforest to relaxing sightseeing tours.

Apple Tree Park

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Apple Tree Park is located on the Springbrook range. The park itself is a quiet, sheltered, lovely little park, with an amenities building, barbecues and picnic tables. Most days you will find birdlife such as kookaburras resting on the arms of nearby trees.

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area is famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species). It is an important refuge for many animals and home to impressive examples of ancient songbirds.

Daves Creek circuit, Lamington National Park

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Branching off the Border track, you’ll wind through an amazing variety of forests types. From lush rainforest to towering eucalypts, and sparse mallee woodland to colourful montane heath, this walk is a botanical delight.

Hickory

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Enjoy slow cooked Ribs, Grilled Chicken, meats and fine beverages. At Hickory, they’re all about falling deeply into their leather couches and feasting to fill your heart. Each Ribs rack is dry rubbed by hand with their special blend of spices and salts.

Witches Falls Winery and Cellar Door

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
At Witches Falls their passion is wine – they love growing it, making it, drinking it, and matching it with all kinds of foods but most of all, they like sharing it with friends. They take pride in creating handcrafted wines that you not only love to drink but that also draw you into their world.

Natural Bridge Circuit, Springbrook National Park

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The Springbrook National Park comprises 15,310 acres situated on the McPherson Range near Springbrook and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Allow 40 minutes for the one and a half kilometre Natural Bridge Circuit, through lush ancient Gondwana rainforest lined in buttress roots, strangler figs, epiphytic ferns and berry covered lily pillies (in Spring).
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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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