Gold Coast Hinterland

Exquisite Retreats in Nature

When you find the motivation to drag yourself away from the Gold Coast’s celebrated beaches, treat yourself to a mountain getaway and explore everything that nature has to offer.

Start with a journey into the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland, made up of more than 100,000 hectares of national parks and reserves – a dream destination for bushwalkers and nature lovers. World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is home to the wonderful O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, situated on 20,000 hectares of subtropical rainforest.

Stroll along the Gallery Walk at Mt Tamborine; this famed street is jam-packed with galleries, craft shops, cafes, restaurants and even a cheese factory, something for every interest and appetite. Or why not try a wine tasting tour at one of the many wineries and vineyards located throughout the hinterland. Relax and indulge.

For an island adventure, take a trip to Moreton Island, made up of long stretches of untouched sandy beaches, crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, and rocky headlands. Tangalooma Island Resort is the island’s accommodation option, offering more than 75 tours and activities, including hand-feeding wild bottlenose dolphins, sand tobogganing or diving the Tangalooma shipwrecks.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Grab a Torch: Discover Springbrook’s Natural Bridge, home to a large colony of glow worms, whose lights can only be seen after sunset.
  2. Take a Dip: At South Stradbroke, which is easily accessible from the Broadwater and is the ideal location for relaxing among nature, or fishing with the family.
  3. Visit O’Reilly’s: Climb up to the Tree Top Walk through the forest canopy for a bird's-eye view.

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