Exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland

Australia’s Gold Coast is known for its lush beaches and laidback party lifestyle, but there’s another side to it hidden further inland. In the hinterland, nature reigns supreme, with plenty of national parks packed full of native animal species and ancient plants.

Here, visitors can explore quaint mountain villages, discover tree-lined streets sporting artisan stores and local galleries, and soak up the stunning natural beauty that characterises this part of the country.

Mount Tamborine marks the central point of the Hinterland, with walking trails and stunning lookout points sprawling out around it. Elsewhere, wineries proffer delicious tasting opportunities while travelling foodies can enjoy everything from local fare to homemade fudge.

The National Parks of the Gold Coast Hinterland

The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to a number of picturesque national parks, all of which boasts jaw-dropping lookout points, lush rainforest scenery, and mesmerising waterfalls. The wildlife in this part of the country is second to none, and there are plenty of native species to spot while exploring. The Lamington National Park is a haven for birdwatchers thanks to its large population of colourful, exotic species. There are also a number of lush hiking trails that weave around the park, taking in the peaks and valleys of the surrounding mountainous scenery.

Elsewhere, Tamborine Mountain proffers yet more incredible views as well as a range of quaint villages and market towns. The mountainside is littered with artisan galleries and cute cottages that lure in visitors from far and wide.

And then there’s Springbrook National Park, which is perhaps the most popular park in the region. Formed of a number of different landscapes, the park has an amazing supply of natural highlights. At the National Bridge, visitors can spot dragon lizards and weird and wonderful plant life, while the dense forest offers several different walking routes.

The Rainforest Skywalk

Enjoying the views from Tamborine Mountain is a must-do in the Gold Coast Hinterland, and the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk was made especially for this. Linking together the lush canopies of the rainforest, the steel walkway gives visitors the chance to discover the forest and its inhabitants from a different perspective. As you go, learn more about the unique wildlife through a series of educational displays.

The Mountain Distillery

As well as a collection of traditional wineries, the hinterland is also home to the Tamborine Mountain Distillery for those who aren’t so keen on wine. The award-winning venue is set against a European-style backdrop and offers visitors the chance to try some of the region’s local produce in a a relaxed and pretty setting.