Hinterland / National Parks., Gold Coast
Gold Coast Hinterland - this can include Currumbin Valley, Tallebudgera Valley, Springbrook and Lamington National Parks, Mt Tamborine and so on. There is some good rock pools and waterfalls to swim in, hiking, Olson's Bird Gardens, O'Riley's, art and craft places and a bunch of picnic spots. Natural Bridge and the glowworm caves are really beautiful as well (see the travelogue of National PArks for more information.
Besides the beaches, the Gold Coast has beautiful hinterland behind it. You'll need to get a car, or take a tour to see it all. My favourite is the Natural Arch. Up on a mountain there is a short walk which takes you into the rainforest a bit and down to the river which is flowing through a large rock down into a cave below. You walk over the rock and around to get under it for a swim (somewhat chilly I warn you) hence the Natural Bridge name.
People jump down through the hole into the cave for kciks. Doesn't do it for me so I can't report back on it. Its deep, though I don't suggest it, unless breakin gyour neck was part of your travel plans. There's heaps of bush walks up in the mountains there and some B&B places to stay which would be devine.
Photo: O'Reilly's Rainforest - Gold Coast Hinterland
*cow - not included!*
Walk through the rainforests, stop for a meat pie or scone and tea at one of the homesteads along the road.
BONUS BONUS - this is all FREE. No money hungry tourist robbing a-holes with their hands out. No - you take your own lunch if you like, no entry fees. Go where you want..... Just PLEASE don't break any plants or leave ANY rubbish behind. This like alot of Australia is still wonderfully pristine and you get the feeling of being the only human around when you hike out to an outlook to scan the horizon - spotting Surfers Paradise, Stradbroke Island and hills as far as the eye can see to your sides, and an ever stretching ocean in front....... awesome stuff. So, please follow my goal in life - to leave everything better than you found it.
The Natural Arch is in the National Parks not far from the Gold Coast...it's so beautiful there!
It is in the Numinbah Valley and is not too far from the Gold Coast...
Looking inland from the coast to the Hinterland region via the helicopter tour... Really gives a great overall view.