Hinterland / National Parks., Gold Coast
This is your classic arty/crafty Aussie hinterland around an hour from the ocean. There's a lot of it on the east coast and Mt. Tamborine tries as hard as any area.
With a horde of tourists nearby all year round it takes little to attract a percentage of them up on this delightful plateau.
We ascended the steep Henri Robert Drive which you can access via Nerang. It's one of four roads (all steep) that take you to the top and the photo here is of a very colourful place just over halfway up.
It's one of many scattered galleries and cafes over the plateau and features clothing and art works of a very eclectic nature.
A little further up the mountain was our second stop, a real charmer of a place with sublime views and feathered accompaniment.
The Polish Place pays its dues to its European heritage and has a bit of everything. You can stay here in self-contained cottages, eat at the licensed restaurant or go and browse the artwork, featuring that Polish specialty, polished amber.
Should you choose to sate your appetite then, be forewarned, make sure you keep all your food within easy and quick reach. In Southern Queensland one of Australia's native parrots are to be found in abundance and they do love their scraps from the table though it's fair to suggest that their etiquette leaves something to be desired.
Yes, the lorikeets love the Polish Place as clearly shown in my opening pic where one of a few visiting Japanese was left stranded when the others in her party left the table but, not to worry, soon she had many friends. Well, a few too many perhaps!
The second photo is my all time favourite that I've taken of birds. I just love the way his eye is glued on you.
If you like a bit of greenery, as I do, then you'll find some attractive pieces of it here but if you go with imaginative thoughts that their claimed 9 national parks will deliver much you are bound to be disappointed.
All of the National Parks here combined would fail to make a small corner of the type I normally inhabit. The Botanical Gardens are also a work in progress albeit at the hands of enthusiastic amateurs. They have nice potential but would probably be much better around 2010.
Just driving around you will see attractive gardens and houses in the bush though the latter concern me greatly as Australia is the home of the bushfire and I certainly wouldn't want to be on Mount Tamborine the day one takes hold.
The first shot here is of some national park and the latter two were taken at the Botanical Gardens at Eagle Heights.
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...
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
Giroween park about four hours inland from the Gold coast is a wonder. It stradles the NSW queensland state lines near the town of Tenterfield. There are lovely walks as well as great vistas and a good swimming spot with resident turtles. The camp sites are inexpensive and quite. Good anytime of the year.
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.
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.
After much debate, we decided to head up to Tamborine mountain, really really enjoyed the day. A few wineries, cheese tasting and gallery walk. Really great day out....only 30 mins from Surfers Paradise.
Southern Cross 4WD offers a range of 4wd Eco-tours and customized packages throughout the Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. From nature walks, animal spotting and bird feeding to off-road driving, wine tours, conferences and overnight camping. Whatever your interest, they can find a tour to suit your needs!
During a day with SC4WD, they can take you to the beautiful Rain-forests of Mt. Tamborine National Park and the worlds largest Sub-Tropical rain-forests of Lamington National Park. Not forgetting the O’Reilly’s Canopy Tree top walk and feeding the wild King Parrots, Crimson Rosella’s and Regent Bower Birds. The whole day will be spent in Queensland’s Hidden Oasis.
Whilst on an off-road safari, you'll have the time to spot Australia’s wildlife in its natural environment. Koalas sleeping away in a eucalyptus tree or Kangaroos and Wallabies feeding on lush country fields.
Everything is taken care of from the moment you join till you arrive back to your accommodation. Homemade scones with Rhubarb jam and cream all the way through to our BBQ lunch and afternoon refreshments, all included in the tour packages.
Not just a tour for overseas guest but for locals wanting to see more of this great countryside and what’s hidden behind the theme parks and beaches of the Gold Coast.
Visitors who think the only attractions are the beaches and the theme parks will not have explored the real Gold Coast. If they can put aside one full day to explore the hinterland, like what I did with my wife, they will appreciate the diversity of south-eastern Queensland.
At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, we had booked a full-day tour with Southern Cross 4WD Tours that took us to Mt Tambourine in the morning and the Lamington National Park in the afternoon. Along the way, we had a marvellous morning tea of freshly baked scones, home-made jam and fresh cream. For lunch, we stopped by a ranch somewhere in Sarabah where the ranch-owner had prepared grilled fish and chicken for us.
We made sightings of the koala bears, skinks, kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat. And from both Mt Tambourine and O'Reilly's at Lamington, the views were fantastic. Yes, I would say that a tour of the Gold Coast hinterland should be on everyone's To Do list. You'll be missing out on a lot if you don't.
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.
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.
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...