During the daylight hours there are plenty of activities such as guided bird walks, animal shows and the famed Tree Top Walk. Plus, you can test your skills on an off road two-wheeled Segway tour through creek crossings to Moran’s Falls.
O’Reilly’s can prepare you a packed lunch or picnic hamper so that you can set off to one of 500 world-class waterfalls accessible via 160-kilometres of nature trails. After working up an appetite outdoors, you can dine on homemade pizzas in the casual Rainforest Bar or opt for a gourmet a-la -carte meal in the dining room including matching wines from nearby O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
40 Kms drive from the Gold Coast is the plateau called Tamborine Mountain that is part of the Scenic Rim, the name given to a group of mountains in South East Queensland.
The plateau produces a rich crop of avocados, kiwifruit, passionfruit, rhubarb, apples and mangoes. There is a distinctive Eastern European influence seen in the construction of houses, shops and restaurants scattering the mountain. Plus Tamborine Mountain and the Scenic Rim area are renowned for the diversity and quality of their artists and artisans.
There is a vast area of rainforested national park areas on the mountain with abundant birdlife and a variety of flora, one of which is the oldest national park in Queensland, Witches Falls National Park. Walking tracks are provided in six sections of Tamborine National Park. Most walking tracks are short and can be walked within a few hours.
Sample some of the local wines at one of Tamborine Mountain’s wineries or tour the Micro Brewery and stay for a refreshing ale afterwards. Amble down Gallery Walk and visit the many shops and galleries lining the street and a must see is the German Cuckoo Clock Nest.
There are heaps of accommodation options on Tamborine Mountain, including guesthouses, B&Bs, lodges, 5-Star retreats or cabins. If you’re looking for authentic lodge style accommodation I would recommend the Polish Place for it’s absolutely breathtaking views across the Albert River Valley and abundance of colourful Lorikeets.
Springbrook National Park
Springbrook Mountain and plateau is only 32 Kms from the Gold Coast. Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty makes this a worthwhile day trip whilst visiting the Gold Coast.
Springbrook is part of the world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest and is made up mainly of National Park. There are many lookouts in the National Park with panoramic views, quaint little cafes and teahouses to stop for some refreshments, parks with picnic and BBQ facilities and walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.
The drive up is via a winding road, but you will be rewarded with glimpses of breathtaking views back over the high-rise buildings of the Gold Coast. Small cascades of water trickling over rocky escarpments, burbling brooks and streams, lush green rainforest featuring ferns and the tallest of trees and plunging deep canyons are all on offer.
Explore these forest habitats with nine different walks and encounter the diverse wildlife – such as the the elusive and unique Albert’s Lyrebird. Take in the stunning Purling Brook Falls, Twin Falls, Best of Views Lookout and Canyon Lookout.
There are plenty of Springbrook Accommodation options with many where you’ll be nestled in a forest close to nature with waterfalls, walks and wildlife at your doorstep. Select from retreats, cottages, chalets or camp in the National Park campground.
We really do have the best of both worlds here on the Gold Coast. Whenever I feel like retreating to the mountains to the greenery and lushness it is all within a 45 minute drive from where I live. It is just one of the many things that I’m loving about life!
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