Hinterland / National Parks., Gold Coast
Located just 30 minutes drive from the coastal strip, the Hinterland is the Gold Coast's natural "theme park". The Hinterland contains an amazing 29 national parks and nature reserves, World Heritage-listed national parks, Australia's largest area of subtropical rainforest, the world's biggest volcanic caldera and 300kms of walking trails. Lush subtropical rainforests hundreds of metres above sea level and cascading waterfalls provide breathtaking views of the coastal strip and Surfers Paradise skyline.
If you want to have a look at the famous Sub Tropical Rainforest, dont worry. You dont have to go far. It is right at Gold Coast's doorstep. Lamington National Park is hardly 30 KMs from Surfers Paradise and offers excellant rainforest walking trails. It also has waterfalls, deep valleys and lot of wild life.
This is the other part of Gold Coast.
Binna Burra is located within Lamington National Park and is famous for bush walking, tree top canopy walking rope and plank suspension bridges, similar to the ones seen in Tarzan movies. These walks are very thrilling. Walking trails are available from the ranger stations at Binna Burra
Every Saturday and Sunday, there are tours departing to O Reillys Rainforest Guesthouse located in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The guest house is run by the O'Reilly family.
Bush walks, tree top walks, hiking trails are very popular and the views of the rainforest from these walks are astonishing.
The hinterland of the gold coast offers some beautiful scenery...Its well worth hiring a car and just follow the signs to the mountains..Stop and get out of your car and you will be pleasantly suprised at the natural beauty that is on offer.
Lamington National Park isone such placethat offers a full day of fun..
11/2hours fromThe Gold Coast is this National park....Part of the makes up the mountain
top called O'Reillys..Its up a very steep and narrow road...but well worth the trip..
Atthe top is The Tree top Walk that takes you over the rainforest canopy...The highest observation deck is 110 feet high.....
you can also see many native birds and they can be fed.
Accomodation is available..
A wonderful day out...
Up in the hinterland just on the Qld border is a beautiful bushwalk down to Natural Arch. Here is a view from the cave of the waterfall. The walk only takes about 15minutes and is wheel chair friendly. You can also take some meat and have a BBQ. It's a lovely way to spend the day.
A place to go with many things to do in the Gold Coast hinterland is Oreillys.
You can feed the wild birds, go for walks across the tree tops and experience the breathtaking views over the rainforest canopy, go on guided bush hikes through many spring fed mountain streams.
It's just a great place to go and get away from the city for a while and breath in the fresh forest air.
Situated on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland, this cluster of galleries and craft shops provides a wealth of diverse art and craft including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, porcelain, glass, jewellery, woodwork, fabrics and much more. From fine art to the frivolous, you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets.
You can enjoy coffee, light refreshments or lunch at one of the fine restaurants and cafes. I recommend the Country Garden Cafe for an ejoyable lunch.
Allow plenty of time for your visit because there is so much to see and do on Gallery Walk, but be sure to make time to see the natural beauty and other features of Tamborine Mountain.
Tamborine Mountain is a unique tourist destination that has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Gold Coast Mountain Range. The sunsets and waterfalls are a photographers delight.
With an abundance of guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfast, family and resort accommodation, Tamborine Mountain is an ideal base for visiting local attractions. It is also a great getaway for locals.
Apart from the several nearby national parks, there are award winning wineries, art and craft galleries, antique shops, markets, cafes and award winning restaurants.
Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights takes you through the studios, craft shops and galleries of the artistic community.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast by taking a hike, leisurely stroll or even a 4WD adventure through the rainforest settings. Take in the views of the Gold Coast, a perfect spot for photo taking.
Technically this park is in NSW, but it's a good day trip from the Gold Coast so I'll include it here. Mt Warning was named by Captain Cook and is known as Wollumbin by Australia's indigenous people. The mountain and surrounding area remains a scared site to the Bundjalung people. As with other parks in the area, Mt Warning National Park has miles of beautiful scenery. You can climb the mountain (from memory it's about a five hour hike (8.8 kilometres) to the summit) and admire the spectacular view from the top. The last leg is a climb using a chain up a steep incline. It's a lot of fun but if you're not used to hiking it's very challenging. There is a 500 metre walk at the bottom of the mountain for those wanting to take it easy. Camping and fires are prohibited in this national park, and there are no amenities at the top of the mountain.
The built environment is ok, for a while. The place you have to go is into the hinterland. Binna Burra, O'Reily's, Tamborine Mt, Springbrook, just to name a few of the glorius world heritage national park wilderness reserves. There is so much to do, its teaming with wildlife (including glow worms at night). Its a fairy wonderland, hot, steamy and sub-tropical.
The Gold Coast is a wonderful combination of outlandish glam, tacky and cheap against the best of Australia's natural features. And, we're nice people to meet, although we seldom hang out at Surfers Paradise. You'll have to travel a bit south, a bit west or a bit north to meet the locals.
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.
O'Reilleys is a wonderful day out.
You can go on magnificant tree-top walks and nice bush walks.
They have BBQ's there too and you can feed the lovely rosellas.
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...