GOLD COAST HINTERLAND
Gold Coast Hinterland
peaks, cascading waterfalls, wide open spaces with breathtaking views,
national parks, quaint towns and villages. This vast mountainous
and rural backdrop known as the Gold Coast Hinterland provides a magnificent
contrast to the Gold Coast's golden beaches. Here you will find country
and friendly guest houses as well as art galleries and tea houses, colourful
country markets, historical buildings and pubs, working farms and fruit
Roadways cut steep paths from the coast to Mt Tamborine, North Tamborine, Eagle Heights, Beachmont and Springbrook. These villages are known for their produce, particularly avocados, and rich rural landscapes. From scenic lookouts you'll spy spectacular vistas including the highrises of Surfers Paradise, South Stradbroke Island and Mt Warning National Park.
National Park is Australia's largest preserved natural stand of subtropical
rainforest, situated on the crest of the McPherson Ranges which mark
the Queensland-New South Wales border. Pack sturdy shoes and stride
along some of the 160km of graded walking tracks in this World Heritage
Other activities to be enjoyed in the Gold Coast Hinterland include hang-gliding, abseiling adventures, wilderness treks and 4WD tours along rainforest tracks.
Rainforest Retreat provide excellent accommodation as well as
the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland beats the township of Beaudesert,
well supplied with motel accommodation and sporting facilities. The
Historical Society and Information Centre provides information on
places of interest in the district, including Kooralbyn Hotel Resort
and the historic Laravale Store.
is also home to St Mary's Church, reputedly Australia's largest timber
church.If you visit the spectacular Mt Barney National Park southwest
of Beaudesert, you will pass through Rathdowney, the scene of an annual
heritage festival and
where farmstays provide a popular getaway.