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Best hinterland hangs on the Gold Coast

Published April 7th, 2016

The thing that astounds people when they visit the Gold Coast Hinterland is just how close it is to the coast, yet so far removed from all the ritzy, glitzy hype that normally goes hand in hand with the area. The hinterland is a green oasis of calm, bursting with pretty heritage villages, natural beauty attractions and a completely different pace of life. Here’s some of our favourite places to hang in the hinterland:

Swap the city life for some nature.


Tamborine Mountain

If you’re into craft shopping, cellar door wine tasting, and delicious fresh local produce, you’ll love the scene at Tamborine Mountain. Just 45 minutes from the coast, the kitsch mountaintop community offers great restaurants, boutique accommodation, art galleries, markets, wineries and more.


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There are also plenty of nature walks in the fresh mountain air, and the scenic views are really amazing. Head to the Rainforest Skywalk and wander along the boardwalks hoisted high above the rainforest canopy, or for a more adventurous way to see the rainforest, the popular Treetop Challenge lets you whizz through the forest on flying foxes and suspension bridges. The Cedar Creek Glow Worm Caves are also worth a visit, with 1 1/2 hour tours transporting you to another world.

Lamington National Park

A 90-minute hairpin bend drive up narrow mountainous roads from the Gold Coast beaches takes you to another world. Nature lovers will rejoice at this vast UNESCO World heritage site, which spans over 200km square, with around 160km of nature trails. Birdwatchers and hikers flock here to indulge in the natural world and glimpse the rare species of wildlife that live here.

A great place to start if you want to visit Lamington National Park is O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort, which was set up a few years before the area got it’s national park status, stranding it from the outside world, and putting it in a unique position to accommodate visitors in the park. Located in the Green Mountains side of the park, O’Reilly’s is a friendly and welcoming family-run mountain lodge with a fascinating history and a great set up that lets you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Stay in the lodge or camp at the neighbouring campsite if you're on a budget.

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Springbrook National Park

Another of the Gold Coast Hinterland’s treasures, Springbrook National Park is home to some of Australia’s most scenic natural attractions, and was the filming location for the infamous UK show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”! The whole area is a cool-temperate subtropical wonderland formed by the eruption of a volcano 23 million years ago with amazing walks among waterfalls, gorges and nature.

Pack up a picnic, strap on your hiking boots and take a wander to explore the astonishing Natural Bridge, a natural rock arch over a glow-worm cave with a waterfall flowing through it! If you’re up for hanging out in Springbrook for a few days, there’s a National Parks campsite you can use if you get a permit beforehand, or there are some boutique cottage and retreat options around the park too.


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Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.