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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Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park offers breathtaking lookouts, magnificent waterfalls, dense rainforest and ancient Antarctic beech trees. The park is part of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

Numinbah Section, Springbrook National Park

Numinbah Valley, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Experience spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views and exceptional natural beauty in the Numinbah section of Springbrook National Park. Located in the foothills of the famously beautiful south-east Queensland’s Border Ranges, this park protects an area of great ecological importance and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Natural Bridge is in the western part of Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park's Natural Bridge section features a picturesque rock formation, formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave.

Tamborine National Park

Tamborine, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Tamborine National Park, on Tamborine Mountain at 560 metres above sea level, offers glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline to the east and national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west. The park includes Witches Falls (which in 1908 became Queensland's first national park) and Cedar Grove, The Knoll and Palm Grove sections.

Thunderbird Park™

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
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Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views.

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park

Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Set yourself up in one of the camping areas or nearby accommodation 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.

Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.

Dave's Creek Circuit

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, this circuit takes walkers through a fascinating variety of forest and heath. Daves Creek circuit descends through the head of Nixons Creek out into Daves Creek country.

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk nestled high within World Heritage-listed National Park. Suitable for guests of all ages, this world’s first suspension bridge provides the opportunity to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range.
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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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