Hinterland / National Parks, Gold Coast
While you are driving throughout Queensland's Gold Coast, remind yourself to stop off and take a few pictures. There are plenty of turn offs in the road, so you should feel safe.
This shot is from the roadside between O'Reilly's Guesthouse and Binna Burra in Lamington National Park. In the background you can really see the blue haze that is caused by the Eucalyptus trees. Luckily for us, the Koala Bears are doing a great job eating as much Eucalyptus as possible before this blue air starts affecting us too greatly.
Thank you Koalas!
If you want to really challenge yourself with a bush walk, head to Binna Burra and try some of the loop tracks there. Some are about 16km long, one is an overnighter but only for very experienced walkers.
Binna Burra is part of the world heritage eastern rainforest corridor and includes Nightcap Ranges and Lamington NP as well.
If you are looking for a place to get away from the tourist crowds and see why the Coast is so special, you gotta head here. They also have a camping ground and a limited number of rooms in the lodge. It is rugged terrain and can get extremely cold in winter.
If you have a hire car you can head up into the hinterland and follow the signs to the Hinze Dam. This is the water supply for the area but also a nice place for a BBQ or a picnic. You can fish here but you must buy a permit.
There are sail boats and boats with electric motors. There are no power boats allowed on the dam.
Know that the Gold Coast can boast an average of 245 days of fine weather each year and daytime temperatures above 22 degrees for 279 days a year.
Yes! This is truly the Sunshine State and we're very proud of it. The Gold Coast is located on the Eastern seaboard of Australia just 80km south of the City of Brisbane.Beautiful one day... perfect the next... that's the Gold Coast which attracts over 3 million visitors a year. Famed for it's 42 kilometres of golden beaches and its ideal climate which boasts an average winter warmth of 22c.
Whether you want full-on action or a relaxing retreat you'll find it on the Gold Coast . The world class beaches are famous, surrounded by Hinterlands National Parks and Rain Forests just a short distance away from the busy cosmopolitan Down Town area.
The Hinterland, also known as the 'green behind the gold', is slowly being discovered and has in the past been the Gold Coast best kept secret. It only takes 30 minutes to drive from the coa
st and contains 29 national parks and nature reserves as well as world heritage listed national parks. Included is Australia’s largest area of subtropical rainforest and the worlds biggest volcanic crater of which Mt Warning is the core.
The Gold Coast Hinterland! Most visitors to the coast miss the opportunity to visit our beautiful rainforests. You can choose between 2 different areas - Springbrook (take the Mudgeeraba exit) or Mount Tambourine (Oxenford exit). Mount Tambourine has markets on Sundays. Be warned though - both are a very steep drive to the top of the mountains!
The Gold Coast hinterlands/ Lamington National Park is between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Excellent bush walks. Beautiful rainforest. Don't forget to visit the Natural Arch just outside the national park. Vist at sunset, because the glow worms don't come out till then. It's like sky lined with blue stars.
Whether bushwalking or hiking through the Gold Coast Hinterland or just admiring one of the many bird species found in the area, the trip to Springbrook, Binna Burra or Mt.Tamborine won't be a disappointment. Hand feed the colourful Rosellas and King Parrots found in abundance on these mountains or go for a dip in a clear cool mountain stream it's really your choice.
[photo]..[Curtis falls] Mt Tamborine.
go to the lemmington national park or natural bridge, there are many hiking paths to wander around for days.