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In My Backyard: Numinbah Valley Drive

  • May 27, 2020
  • By 50 Shades
  • 10 Comments
In My Backyard: Numinbah Valley Drive

A fabulous day trip from the Gold Coast is the Numinbah Valley drive. Around 40 kilometres from the Gold Coast in the glorious Gold Coast Hinterland is this scenically abundant valley. Numinbah Valley is trapped between the Springbrook Plateau to the east and the Lamington Plateau to the west and is broadly underdeveloped apart from a small township.

Numinbah Valley

Numinbah Valley

Numinbah Valley covers 116 km² and mainly consists of cleared verdant green grazing land, rocky outcrops, waterfalls, rainforest walks and stunning hinterland scenery. But its major attraction is the Springbrook National Park and the Natural Bridge, where tourists flock every weekend to take in this natural wonder.

Natural Bridge Park, Numinbah Valley

Natural Bridge Park, Numinbah Valley

Natural Bridge

Visit Natural Bridge by day to see a unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. You can also picnic on the shaded banks of the Nerang River at Forest Park picnic area and have a refreshing swim in the rock pools.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

Apart from taking in the natural wonder of the Natural Bridge there is trail horse riding available with Numinbah Trails or the Numinbah Environmental Education Centre that is a facility for educating school children about the natural environment.

The valley is part of the upper catchment area for the Nerang River that flows into the Hinze Dam in the lowest elevated and most northern part of the valley.

Glow Worm Cave, Natural Bridge

Glow Worm Cave, Natural Bridge

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam is a rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway across the Nerang River and is the Gold Coast’s main water supply. It covers a surface area of 1,500 hectares forming the Advancetown Lake.

It is well worth a visit to explore the new facilities at the dam that includes a state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre, cafe, lakeside parks, walking, bike and horse trails and barbecue areas for public use.

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam

Advancetown Lake has two boat ramps, one on the western and another on the eastern side. The lake is stocked with Mary River cod, silver perch, golden perch, southern saratoga and bass and can be fished with a permit.

Chillingham

The Nerang-Murwillumbah road runs along the valley floor adjacent to the tree lined banks of the Nerang River and its tributary creeks. Once you cross the border into New South Wales, that is marked by a cattle grate and a sign, you will be blown away by the panoramic views to the south of the Tweed Valley and Mt Warning.

Views to Mt Warning

Views to Mt Warning

Continuing down the narrow twisting road you come to the charming village of Chillingham on the Rous River.

Village of Chillingham

Village of Chillingham

In Chillingham you can stop by the old Chillingham Store or take a stroll through the Bushtucker Rainforest behind the unique fruit and veggie shed, that also stocks a range of bushtucker and traditional beauty products, along with local fruit and veggies, and home-made bushfood jams and condiments.

Tumbulgum

Driving in an easterly direction through vast cane plantations is the picturesque village of Tumbulgum located on the Tweed River that has views over cane farms and to the foothills of the caldera (Mt Warning).

Tweed River at Tumbulgum

Tweed River at Tumbulgum

It is extremely popular with locals who come for the riverside picnic facilities, boat hire, water skiing, public wharf and boat ramp. A stroll along the heritage shop fronts lining the river is very pleasant, or partake in the enormously popular lunches and evening meals at the Tumbulgum Tavern.

Tumbulgum Pub

Tumbulgum Tavern

From Tumbulgum it is only a short drive back to Tweed Heads and the Queensland border. This would have to be one of the most enjoyable day trips that I have undertaken from the Gold Coast. The scenery is breathtaking and the diversity of the landscape unfolding before my eyes is remarkable in every way. Make sure you put this one on your ‘must see’ list when visiting the Gold Coast/Tweed area.

For more blogs about this area see In My Backyard: The Tweed Coast or In My Backyard: Springbrook.

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By 50 Shades, May 27, 2020 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.

10 Comments
  • jennyandstephenmilan
    March 3, 2015

    Kathy, I lived at Suffolk Park for quite a long time and didn’t know about the beautiful Numinbah Valley. Another place to add to the ‘bucket-list’.

    • Kathy
      March 3, 2015

      Numinbah Valley is a very popular day trip for tourists from the Gold Coast. I can understand why. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    March 3, 2015

    Pretty and inviting! My mother told me someone went into the glow worm caves and sprayed insecticide killing a lot of them. Was it those caves? What a shocking thing to do. This will be my backyard soon :)

    • Kathy
      March 3, 2015

      I hope not! There are more glow worm caves at Mount Tamborine, so maybe it was there. Some people are such A-holes – how could they do such a thing? You will have a lot of places to catch up on by the time you get here!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    March 3, 2015

    So green and inviting love your mountains and dams xxx

    • Kathy
      March 4, 2015

      Yes I agree it is very green and inviting. We have had a lot of rain so everything has greened up enormously. :)

  • Samantha @ Campervan Rental Queenstown
    March 9, 2015

    Numinbah Valley is one of the great attractions for nature lovers. I heard a lot about it from my friends and once I want to travel to this place.. Tourists who came to see Queensland, I must recommend them to travel to Numinbah Valley.

    • Kathy
      March 10, 2015

      Samantha the Numinbah Valley is one of the places we call “the green behind the gold”. Here on the Gold Coast we have the sensational beaches plus the beauty of the Hinterland. The best of both worlds really. Thank you for dropping by my blog :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    March 14, 2015

    I’ve visited this area a few times and can never understand why it’s not more crowded! Although I’m selfishly glad it’s not :D

    • Kathy
      March 15, 2015

      The Numinbah Valley is amazingly beautiful and picturesque. I loved those views from the Qld/NSW borderline – they were breathtaking! It is a fairly popular day trip from the Gold Coast, but most people turn around from Numinbah, however it is very worthwhile doing the loop and crossing into NSW and coming back via Chillingham, Tumbulgum an Tweed Heads. :)

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