Gold Coast Hinterland
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inland from the Gold Coast beaches is the Hinterland which has sub
tropical rainforest hills and mountains. The hinterlands are made up of an
extinct volcanic range which formed the peaks and valleys. There are plenty
of things to do in the hinterlands including canopy walks through the
tropical rainforest, bird feeding, visiting wineries and visiting the
hundreds of arts and craft stores throughout the small villages and towns
found in the Hinterland.
There is quite a diverse range of wildlife found throughout the Hinterland including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, wombats and a range of tropical birds like the Australian King Parrot, Crimson Rosella and Albert's lyrebird. There are also some interested insects including the glowworms.
The drive up to the hinterlands take your through the small town of Cangungra. Further on as you drive up to the top of Green Mountain you will find Mountview Alpaca Farm which has a coffee shop and gift store selling a range of clothing made from the soft wool of the Alpaca. The coffee shop at Mountview Alpaca Farm has a great view through the mountains down over the valley.
Wineries in the Hinterland
There are a number of wineries throughout the Hinterland with their cellar doors open to try their range of wines. Also the wineries have retails stores at Mount Tamborine for wine tasting. Wineries include O'Reilly's Wines located in the Canungra Valley,
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There are a number of large National Parks that make up the hinterland. Tamborine National Park, Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park are protected lands to ensure the fauna and flora are protected.
At Lamington National Park, Green Mountain section there is a canopy walk that takes you through the tree tops of the rainforest. The Tree Top Walk is found just 300 meters from O'Reilly's Guesthouse. The Tree Top Walk was built and is maintained by the Green Mountains Natural History Association. There is a donation tin at the end of the walk. The canopy walk is made up of 9 suspension bridges 180 meters long and 15 meters above the ground.
There are a number of impressive waterfalls throughout the hinterlands including Purlingbrook Falls at Springbrook, Twinfalls Canyon, Cameron Falls and Cedar Creek Falls. The easiest of the waterfalls to visit is Curtis Falls located within Tamborine National Park Joalah Section. The Curtis Falls is a 10 minute drive from the Mount Tamborine village then a short walk through the wet eucalypt forest. The round trip walk takes around 30 minutes.
Bus Tours to the Gold Coast Hinterland
Gold Coast Mountain Tours have specalised tours to the Hinterlands and Lamington National Park on the Gold Coast
Scenic Hinterland Tours runs a tour to the Hinterland called O'Reilly's & Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Safari which is a full day tour costing $89.90 for adults and $59.90 for children. They use a small mini-bus so the group is small.
Scenic Hinterland Tours also offer an evening tour into the Hinterland to see the Glowworms called Evening Glow Worm Tour and Springbrook Observatory
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