Beach | Adventure | Family 11 April 2024

Beyond the Beaches: Unveiling the Gold Coast's Thrilling Hinterland

When you think of the Gold Coast, stunning beaches likely come to mind. But beyond the rolling waves and stretches of golden sands lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – the captivating Gold Coast Hinterland. Nestled in the lush lands of southern Queensland and the top of New South Wales, this region offers a thrilling escape from the bustling coastal scene, showcasing a wealth of natural wonders, charming villages, and outdoor adventures. Even if you're a seasoned Gold Coast visitor, the beauty of the hinterland promises a whole new experience.

What is the Gold Coast Hinterland?

Characterised by its verdant rainforests, rugged mountains, and cascading waterfalls, the Gold Coast Hinterland contrasts Surfers Paradise and the sun-drenched beaches that the Gold Coast is famous for. It encompasses several national parks, including Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the region's pristine natural environment.

Perfect Spots to Visit in the Gold Coast Hinterland

The Gold Coast Hinterland is easily accessible by car from any of our Gold Coast locations, such as our Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites on the border or further up towards Surfers Paradise. This flexibility allows you to craft your ideal itinerary. Spend a morning exploring hidden waterfalls, hike through ancient rainforests in the afternoon, and return to the coast for a delicious beachfront dinner and a relaxing evening stroll.

1. Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is a haven for nature lovers, boasting stunning rainforests, dramatic gorges, and breathtaking waterfalls. One of the park's highlights is the iconic Natural Bridge, a stunning rock formation carved by the force of a waterfall over millions of years. Visitors can explore walking trails that lead to scenic lookouts, hidden caves, and picturesque swimming holes, making it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

2. Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens

Perched atop Tamborine Mountain, these botanical gardens showcase the region's diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can wander through lush gardens, tranquil Gold Coast rainforest walks, and colourful flower displays, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the hinterland. The gardens also feature a charming picnic area, making it ideal for a leisurely day out with family and friends. At the time of writing, in March 2024, the gardens are closed due to storm damage, so look to see if they’ve reopened before visiting.

3. Witches Falls Winery

Experience the taste of the Gold Coast Hinterland at Witches Falls Winery, one of Queensland's oldest wineries. Nestled among the rolling hills of Tamborine Mountain, this boutique winery produces a range of award-winning wines, including chardonnay, shiraz, and verdelho. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings, guided tours of the vineyard, and scenic views of the surrounding countryside, making it a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts.

4. Purling Brook Falls

Tumbling over a cliff face into a deep gorge below, Purling Brook Falls is a majestic waterfall in Springbrook National Park. You can take a leisurely hike along the Purling Brook Falls circuit, which offers stunning views of the waterfall, lush rainforest, and ancient rock formations. With its tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty, it's no wonder that Purling Brook Falls is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers alike.

5. Mountview Alpaca Farm

Experience the charm of country life at Mountview Alpaca Farm, where you can interact with adorable alpacas and learn about sustainable farming practices. Located in the scenic countryside of the Gold Coast Hinterland, this family-owned farm offers guided tours, feeding sessions, and opportunities to hand-feed these gentle beings. It's a delightful experience for animal lovers of all ages.

6. Tamborine Glow Worm Caves

Step into a magical underground world at the Tamborine Glow Worm Caves, where thousands of tiny glow worms illuminate the darkness with their bioluminescent glow. Guided tours take visitors on a journey through the caves, explaining the fascinating life cycle of these enchanting creatures. It's an unforgettable experience that showcases a very unique aspect of the Gold Coast Hinterland.

7. Curtis Falls

Hidden within Tamborine National Park, Curtis Falls is a tranquil oasis surrounded by lush Gold Coast rainforest and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy a short bushwalk to reach the viewing platform overlooking the falls, where you can enjoy the serenity of the forest and listen to the soothing sounds of pristine nature.

8. Best of All Lookout

Located in the heart of Springbrook National Park, the Best of All Lookout offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the majestic Mount Warning and the scenic coastline of the Gold Coast. Accessible via a short walking track, this lookout provides a perfect vantage point for capturing breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. It's a must-visit destination for photographers and nature enthusiasts seeking unparalleled hinterland vistas.

Remember to Protect the Gold Coast Rainforests

As you explore the wonders of the Gold Coast Hinterland, remember to tread lightly and respect the fragile ecosystems that call this region home. Help preserve the rainforests by staying on designated trails, disposing of waste responsibly, and leaving only footprints behind.

Explore the Hinterland by Day, Relax at Oaks at Night

The Gold Coast Hinterland beckons with beauty and boundless adventures, offering a refreshing escape from the coastal crowds. From ancient rainforests and cascading waterfalls to charming villages and scenic lookouts, there's something for everyone to explore in this captivating region.

Make the most of your hinterland adventure with convenient Gold Coast hotel and apartment options located near the region's most popular attractions, including Oaks Gold Coast Hotel in Surfers Paradise, Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences and Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites.

Book your stay with us today and journey beyond the beaches to find the hidden treasures of the Gold Coast's stunning hinterland.