Visit the Gold Coast Hinterland
South East Queensland’s best-kept secret is the picturesque mountain 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 (or Mt Tamborine) and the beautiful and extensive Lamington National Park, all part of the Border Ranges.
Find detailed information on the Lamington National Park area, along with 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 also plays host to many fun family activities such as a rope course, golf courses, Gallery Walk with its craft shops and gourmet eateries and the extensive Thunderbird Park.
Things to do at the Gold Coast Hinterland
Choose to stay way from the beach scene when you stay at Gold Coast Hinterland. There's a wonderful range of guest houses, bed & breakfasts, luxury rainforest apartments and eco villas. See our picks for the best accommodation providers and book your accommodation online. There is a huge range of accommodation types up 'in the mountains', including private romantic retreats, lodges, mountain chalets and a host of bed and breakfast options.
For over 90 years the O'Reilly family has been welcoming visitors to our mountain home in World Heritage Lamington National Park. O'Reilly's has long been entertaining visitors to the Hinterlands with their beautiful walks, restaurants and gorgeous accommodation.
Lamington National Park is close by so you can explore the region on foot through gorgeous rainforest treks and find amazing waterfalls and rocky formations.
South East Queensland’s best-kept secret is the picturesque mountain rainforest region between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, up in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Mount Tamborine is under 30 minutes from the Gold Coast beaches yet it looks and feels just like a quaint, mountain-top village. Enjoy the tea shops, cake stalls and wander through the scenic township. If you're not quite sure if you want to make the journey up into the Gold Coast Hinterland than take our Picture Tour and see what this stunning countryside has to offer.
The area encompasses the townships of Mount Tamborine, Canungra, Springbrook, Advancetown, Beechmont, Lamington and Beaudesert.
In spite of its proximity to the glitzy coastal strip, the Hinterland is a change of pace with tranquil mountain views and a calmer atmosphere.
Driving through the winding mountain-side roads of the Gold Coast Hinterland can be an awe-inspiring and thrilling adventure as you make your way from one National Park site to the next, stopping at all the country towns and roadside stalls. If you like the view of the world from behind a windscreen or you appreciate the wavy mountain roads then you simply must get out and drive the Gold Coast. To give you an idea of the best scenic routes on the Gold Coast we've put together a guide and route map for a full days drive, starting at 9am and finishing at 6pm.
Get out and enjoy this beautiful region on foot and trek through the rainforest, past pine forests, under waterfalls and enjoy all the ancient rock formations which animals, such as the mysterious glow worm, call home. With hundreds of square kilometres of rainforest and temperate bushland in the Gold Coast region, stretching from Mount Tamborine in the north, down to the NSW border in the South, the number of bushwalks you can do is really only limited to the amount of time you have and the thickness of the tread on your boots.
Thunderbird Park is perfect for a family day out or school holiday experience. There's so much to do here with mini golf, laser shooting games, fossicking for ancient Thundereggs, horse riding and so much more. You won't want to come for just one day.
What's better than getting pampered by the sea? Getting pampered amidst rainforest with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Enjoy the natural therapies and relax with the team at the O'Reilly's Lost World Spa.
Nestled within World Heritage listed Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa is a true nature haven for those seeking rejuvenation, relaxation and balance.
Natural attractions are abound in the Gold Coast hinterland, blessed with a combination of rainforest covered mountains, lush green flatlands and plains and of course the beautiful white sandy beaches we all know and love.
With a range of wineries located at Mount Tamborine, Mount Nathan, Canungra and Lamington, you can fill a couple of days visiting them all. Most of the major tour operators offer day trips to the major wineries on the Gold Coast so you can enjoy a few tasty drops and some delicious food and views at the cellar doors.
Gold Coast Hinterland Tours
These Gold Coast hinterland tours will let you experience this untouched gem that provides a refreshing, natural break from the normal expectations of glitz and glamour that is just waiting to be explored! Behind the Gold Coast's amazing beaches, city skyline and meandering waterways lies an impressive range of rolling hills and hinterland mountains. Southern Cross Go Bush 4WD Tours offers tours that include nature walks, animal spotting and bird feeding, wine tours, lessons in whip cracking and boomerang throwing as well as some awesome off-road 4wd action.