Discover the Gold Coast Hinterland

The cave is particularly enchanting after sunset when colonies of glow-worms shine.

Just 30-minutes’ drive from Coolangatta Airport the rainforest laden mountains of the Hinterland are spliced with bubbling brooks and quaint villages, and enveloped in fresh air  an environ which instantly coaxes visitors into a state of relaxation. 

The area’s terrain fosters a nature lover’s paradise of UNESCO World Heritage Listed status.

Marvel at the geological wonder of Springbrook National Park’s Natural Bridge. A stunning rock formation, created over millions of years by water tumbling through basalt, the cave is particularly enchanting after sunset when colonies of glow-worms shine.

Survey the ancient landscape from above, from amid the dewy rainforest canopy, on the elevated walkways of Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Tree Tops Walk. Or watch as the sunlight catches and splays rainbows in the stumbling water of the impressive Purling Brook Falls.

Dotted with charming villages and picturesque farmland the Hinterland is also a haven for foodies.

Sample the region’s fresh local produce at a number of farm, village and markets stalls and country eateries. Homegrown specialties include fudge, yoghurt, nuts, hand-made chocolates, blue cheese and eggs.

Wine aficionados are catered for by the Gold Coast Hinterland Food and Wine Trail. A scenic route, which runs from Yatala in the north to Murwillumbah in the south, the trail features more than eight wineries, alongside a myriad of unique food producers.

The Hinterland’s most famous drawcard is its reputation for relaxation. Bolstering this, the area hosts a number of world-class day spa and retreats.

Located within the World Heritage Lamington National Park, surrounded by stunning natural settings, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat particularly offers an authentic Gold Coast Hinterland experience. Operating in the area for 90 years, the O'Reilly family is widely-respected as pioneers of nature-based tourism in Australia. Their retreat not only boasts rejuvenation hideaway, the Lost World Spa, it also offers a Discovery Program of outstanding eco activities.

Discover the Gold Coast 

Words by Alice Nash - Published 22 July 2013
Quick Facts 
Population 591,000
Area 1,402 km2 (Gold Coast area)
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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