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Tour the Gold Coast HinterlandPhotos and Virtual Tour
They call it the green behind the gold... Eagle Heights, Mt Tamborine, Canungra, Lamington National Park, O'Reilly's, Springbrook — it's been known to snow up there in winter, and in summer you won't find a better place to escape the heat of the coast.
Everyone knows the Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the land but when you get sick of sand, why not go for a swim under a waterfall. Some brilliant Gold Coast hinterland pictures appear below in our virtual tour. Click here for some more information about the Gold Coast Hinterland.
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Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park
To get to Elabana Falls it is only a short way from the entrance. Follow the Border Track which takes you 1.7km along and then fork off to the Elabana Falls track. It's a great place to take a cooling dip and if you follow the track a little further it will take you to Picnic Rock.
Gold Coast Skyline View, Mount Tamborine
Mount Tamborine offers you unparalleled views across the entire Gold Coast, giving you a view from the very north tip to the very south and off to Stradbroke Islands. It's a fantastic place to watch the sun rise or set and up here you'll find plenty of quaint tea houses, cafes, art galleries and fantastic walks which take you through this beautiful countryside.
Mount Tamborine Vineyard
Mount Tamborine Vineyard was the first to be planted up in the Gold Coast hinterland. They grow both award winning reds and whites and have a lovely cellar door where you can stop in for breakfast, lunch or a quick snack while you decide on what wine you will take home with you.
Curtis Falls, Mount Tamborine
Taking the track to Curtis Falls will have you winding your way through rainforest and possibly even past one of the area's elusive lyrebirds. You'll find yourself at the base of the falls which gives you wonderful views up into them, the water may look inviting but it's a strictly no go area.
The Canungra Hotel
The quaint Canungra Hotel was built in 1937 and looks like an olde ye English inn. There's a fantastic beergarden so you can enjoy the sun and the counter meals and restaurant are pretty special as they mostly use fresh local produce. It's a favourite with visitors and locals looking for a weekend away as it has very cosy accommodation to suit couples to families.
Lamington National Park Rainforest
The Lamington National Park sits on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range and is well known for its beautiful rainforests, ancient trees that stretch high up into the sky, waterfalls, walking tracks of all grades, spectacular views and the wildlife which call this part of the country home. Click here to buy a day tour ticket.
Natural Arch / Bridge
Natural Arch or Bridge as it is sometimes called is located inside the Springbrook National Park and is an unusual geological 'arch' that was created millions of years ago. Here lives a colony of glow-worms whose light shines brightest only after sunset. You can get here by taking the Cave Creek walk which will lead you to this wonder through dense rainforest. You can book you a Glow Worm tour here.
Farmland, O'Reillys Plateau
This area of land is certainly the green behind the gold and is often used by small farms producing fruit, vegies, honey, wine, cheese and meat of exceptional quality. When you are next on your drive through Mount Tamborine keep your eye out for small roadside stalls offering this wonderful produce at very low prices.
Rainforest Drive, Mount Tamborine
Jump in the car and head away from the coast into the shady streets along Rainforest Drive in Mount Tamborine. The roads here are windy so make sure you're careful and take the corners easily. We recommend coming home before sunset so you don't have to come down the mountain at night. If you'd like to visit remote parts of the rainforest, join a 4WD tour to get off the beaten track.
Rainforest Walk, Lamington National Park
Take one of the trails on Rainforest Walk is just one of the tracks located inside the beautiful Lamington National Park. There's over 320kms of walking tracks for you to discover along with waterfalls, elusive birds, ancient trees and spectacular views.
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