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Gold Coast Hinterland

South East Queensland's best-kept secret is the picturesque mountainous rainforest region to the west of the Gold Coast. Often referred to as the green behind the gold, the Gold Coast Hinterland and the Scenic Rim, the region around Tamborine Mountain and glorious Lamington National Park, are all part of the Border Ranges.

Spend a day in the Lamington National Park area and enjoy a range of family activities including the Tree Top Walk, Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Canungra Valley Vineyards, all brought to you by the O'Reilly's family.

The beautiful Mt Tamborine area plays host to many fun family activities such as a rope course, and Gallery Walk with gourmet eateries and the extensive Thunderbird Park.

Things To Do at Mount Tamborine & Gold Coast Hinterland

Take a Scenic Drive

Map of Gold Coast Hinterland with DirectionsThe Gold Coast Hinterland has some of the best scenic drives in the country. If you appreciate the tranquil mountain roads that wind through trees to secluded lookouts then you must visit the Hinterland.

There are a variety of short routes to keep you occupied for a couple of hours but the real experience comes from spending a day out here. You'll be rewarded with fantastic views, friendly cafes and beautiful mountain wineries.

Browse through some of the Gold Coast Hinterland driving routes and what attractions you'll find along the way. The map on the right hand size provides useful directions to the Hinterland from both Brisbane and the central Gold Coast.

Bushwalking & Hinterland Treks

bushwalking on the gold coastIf you're a little more active you might want to escape from the car and really get into nature and go bushwalking through the Hinterland bushland and rainforests. There are hundreds of square kilometres of lush rainforest and temperate bushland stretching from Mount Tamborine to the NSW border.

Depending on your fitness and experience there are several different grades of tracks you can stroll along or even take the camping gear and spend a weekend under the stars.

Take a look at some of the bushwalking trails we recommend for their greenery and amazing views along the tracks. If you want to know more give the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services head office a call on (07) 5520 9600.

Enjoy the Scenery

stream with viewMuch of the Australian lifestyle is based around the country areas, with farms and properties accounting for much of the land use in this huge country.

Livestock such as cattle and sheep as well as other farming types including growing a huge variety of crops is widespread in non-built-up areas. Most visitors to Australia will only see the cities and tourist attractions, missing out on the ‘true blue' Aussie farming culture.

The Hinterland has a number of attractions that offer travellers the chance to see and experience authentic Aussie farming and bush life. Watch the working dogs muster cattle, hear some rural bush music and sit down for a damper and billy tea.

For a more hands on approach you can even learn to crack a whip, throw a boomerang and take a horse trail ride through the native bushland.

Gold Coast & Hinterland Wineries

Wine tasting With a range of wineries located at Mount Tamborine, Mount Nathan, Canungra and Lamington, you can fill a couple of days visiting them all.

The range of different micro-climates of the Gold Coast Hinterland wine-growing region make for optimum growing conditions in which a variety of grapes can be successfully grown.

Take a tour of these award winning wineries, savour a tasting at the friendly cellar doors, then order a cheese plate and sit down with a bottle of wine and relax while gazing out at the lush mountain views.

Thunderbird Park Adventure Course

zipliningAdventure joins nature at the Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. This rainforest property provides endless adventure for both family holidays and romantic escapes.

There are a range of accommodation styles set in resort style or even cabins among the rainforest.

The Adventure Parc is home to Australia's longest and highest adventure ropes course set high in the trees.

Have breakfast with the birds before you go bushwalking, horse riding, play laser tag, swim in the resort pool and finish up with a meal at the Rainforest Restaurant.

Gold Coast Hinterland Accommodation

More Hinterland AccommodationThere is a broad range of Hinterland accommodation available for all kinds of holiday makers.

Escape to a romantic retreat, lodges, mountain chalets or a one of many bed and breakfast options.

There are also farmstays, eco retreats and camping accommodation available. Stay in the mountains and explore the Gold Coast Hinterland or make use of the short 30 minute drive to the Gold Coast so you can experience the excitement by day and tranquillity by night.

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