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Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

  • July 19, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

When most people think of the Gold Coast they think of sun, surf and sand with the occasional palm tree thrown in. They also think of the ritz and glamour of the glitter strip with an amazing array of shopping, nightlife, dining options and theme parks galore. However there is more to the South East Queensland playground – the Gold Coast Mountain Retreats that are a dramatic contrast to the coast.

Only a short driving distance you can escape to the greenery and lushness of the Gold Coast Hinterland that takes in the Tweed Range, Nimmel Range, Tamborine Mountain, Numinbah Valley and eastern parts of the McPherson Range. You can either take a day trip exploring the Gondwana Rainforests, viewing cascading waterfalls, hiking on walking trails and observing unique flora and fauna; or you can stay at one of the many guesthouses, B&Bs, cabins or hotels for a complete mountain retreat.

Binna Burra

Located in the Lamington National Park and 45kms from the Gold Coast, is Binna Burra Lodge and camping area. The great thing about Binna Burra is that you can set your budget and stay in a luxury mountain lodge or stay on one of their budget-friendly campsites.

The eco-friendly Sky Lodge apartments are in-keeping with the traditional mountain lodge with the use of stone, slate & wood, and the views from the balconies across the Coomera and Numinbah Valleys are simply breathtaking.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

The Chalet-style accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge

The biggest attraction to Binna Burra, apart from the spectacular views, are the rainforest walks through the Lamington National Park. Otherwise for the more adventurous take your pick from abseiling, flying fox, archery, wild walks, rogaining and ropes courses.

Afterwards you can soak in your own spa bath and in winter sit in front of a gas flame fireplace to thaw out!

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Bellbird Lookout at Binna Burra

Package stays at Binna Burra can include:

  • Guided walks
  • Evening activities
  • One hour Hatha Yoga (on weekends)
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Communal cheese platter in the historic library

The Rainforest Campsites comprise of a choice of pitching your own tent, bring a campervan, or hire one of the canvas cabins (Safari Tents). There are full toilet and shower amenities, gas BBQs and even a coin laundry.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Camping at Binna Burra

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat have a choice of cosy mountain or valley view rooms or self-contained and architecturally designed villas perched unobtrusively on the sloping hillside in the McPherson Ranges. They’re located at Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland only 75km from the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

One of the villas at O’Reillys

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Moran’s Falls in Lamington National Park

For a total head to toe indulgence you can get lost in the Lost World Day Spa! The Day Spa is equipped with a sublime couple’s suite and 25-metre wet edge infinity lap pool with a separate children’s area.
Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Breathtaking views over Lamington National Park from O’Reillys

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.

Tamborine Mountain

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Winery at Mt Tamborine

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Witches Falls, Mt Tamborine

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

A Birds Eye View over Albert River Valley

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Views back over the Gold Coast from Springbrook

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Purling Brook Falls, Springbrook

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.

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Springbrook Rainforest Vegetation

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!

Where do like to retreat to?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

and of course me, Kathy from 50 SHADES OF AGE
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By 50 Shades, July 19, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

  • Ingrid
    July 19, 2018

    Visiting one of these Gold Coast mountain retreats appeals to me more than visiting a Gold Coast beach.

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      I’m a beach girl at heart but I also enjoy retreating to the mountains from time to time. #TeamLovinLife

  • Christine
    July 19, 2018

    We’ll be heading up north again soon so might have to check out some of these places. It’s easy to keep taking the coastal route all the time. Some inland visits next time.

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      The Gold Coast Hinterland is so close and has so much to offer. I love escaping to the mountains from time to time. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    July 19, 2018

    Some of these places look amazing. I’ve just booked a sneaky weekend away for the hubster & I in the Scenic Rim – at Ketchup’s glamping retreat. Will let you know how it is.

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      They are truly amazing Jo. I would also like to explore more of the Scenic Rim. There is so much out there to see.

  • Lydia C. Lee
    July 19, 2018

    These look great! Love the rainbow on the waterfall shot!

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      It’s truly worth a drive to the Gold Coast Hinterland. I was very lucky to capture the waterfall and the rainbow! #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    July 19, 2018

    OMG these are all places I LOVE to go! I am so urgently in a need of a little getaway right now and might just consider one of these places. I’ve been nowhere (not even a day trip) since Mooloolaba in February and have been tied to the house for nearly 3 weeks now – having to be here for tradies etc. I’m tossing up between zipping over to Straddie for 2-3 days or heading up to the Gold Coast Hinterland somewhere. Decisions, decisions! ;-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      North Straddie is a great place to escape to. It really depends on what type of getaway you’re after. Sometimes I feel like the green and lushness of the mountains and other times I love the beach!

  • Deborah
    July 19, 2018

    I have to admit I don’t know any of these areas at all well though I did live on the Gold Coast for about 6mths back in 1989 or so! They look beautiful though and I suspect – particularly re the north and south coasts (ie. Gold / Sunshine Coasts) I like the hinterlands more than the coasts themselves!

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      Yes the hinterland of both the Sunshine and Gold Coast are stunning regions. I enjoy exploring both regions equally.

  • Jan Wild
    July 19, 2018

    Love the Gold Coast hinterland. We used to spend a lot of time at Cabarita Beach when Rowan’s Mum was alive (she lived there) and a trip to the Hinterland was always a favourite thing to do. So much to see and do whether one stays the night or not. Beautiful photos too Kathy

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      Thanks Jan. There really is so much to see when you wander inland a little distance. I’m always asking my husband to head to new inland areas near us on the Gold Coast. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    July 19, 2018

    There is some fantastic scenery in those pictures Kathy – that waterfall is particularly amazing! Some of the accommodation looks pretty lovely too (though maybe not the tents and camping for me!)

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2018

      Yes there are plenty of options for accommodation in the Gold Coast Hinterland that suits all budgets. Some of the waterfalls are stunning, particularly after we’ve experienced heavy rainfall. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jodie
    July 19, 2018

    Wow Kathy! I love that you showcased a whole different side to the gold coast!! It’s so vibrant and gorgeous!!

    • Kathy
      July 20, 2018

      It is pretty wow Jodie! There is a lot to see and do in my backyard. I hope you get to travel here someday. #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    July 20, 2018

    What a beautiful backyard we have, Kathy! I have visited all of the retreats you have suggested and it is such a glorious part of the country. The area has become popular for weddings, I had a young friend, married at Canungra at a Winery and my daughter and SIL are going to a wedding there in August. Amazing photography as usual. Have a beautiful week, Kathy and thanks for the link up. xx

    • Kathy
      July 20, 2018

      Yes my friend’s daughter got married out that way too. It is a beautiful region and I love day tripping up into the mountains whenever I can, but I would like to stay for a few days too. #TeamLovinLife

  • Natalie
    July 22, 2018

    Beautiful scenery and photos, Kathy. I’d love to visit at least one of those retreats.

    • Kathy
      July 23, 2018

      I could easily spend a few idle days at one of these retreats as well. I’ve only managed day trips so far. #TeamLovinLife

  • Janet
    July 23, 2018

    Hey Kathy – by coincidence hubster and I have just got back from a stay at a couple of Gold Coast Mountain retreats – Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s (blog post to come)! We walked from O’Reilly’s to Binna Burra, which is part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (Border Track) – about 22km – on Thursday for my Bear’s birthday treat. Crazy I know but we loved it.

    • Kathy
      July 24, 2018

      I saw that on Facebook! That is a coincidence. It looked like you had an amazing weekend and good on you both for completing that walk. #TeamLovinLife

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