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Experience the Gold Coast Hinterland: Everything You Need to Know 


Often forgotten behind the glitz and glamour of its coastal neighbour, the Gold Coast Hinterland is a melting pot of natural wonders, local flavours and the very best in art and culture – all just a 20-minute drive from the coast.  

Ready to look beyond the vibrant energy of the Gold Coast or add a different twist to your Queensland escape? Venture off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Gold Coast Hinterland, just a short drive from the crashing waves and golden sands of Surfers Paradise. Here, you'll discover a treasure trove of experiences that will leave you inspired and rejuvenated, with rolling hills drenched in emerald green hues, pristine rainforests teeming with exotic flora and fauna, and cascading waterfalls all just waiting to be explored. But that’s not all... there’s a burgeoning culinary and crafts scene that’s worth the drive alone.  

Go hiking or cycling through rainforests and national parks 

The Springbook National Park alone is worth a trip into the Gold Coast Hinterland

Hike or cycle your way through the pristine rainforests and national parks spread throughout the Gold Coast Hinterland. The Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage site within Springbrook National Park, beckons with its enchanting beauty – follow your senses as you wander through, picking up native scents and the sounds of ancient songbirds, many of which call this area home. Just don’t forget your raincoat – this natural playground is considered one of the wettest places in Southeast Queensland. Continue your rainforest rambles in Lamington National Park, where a network of walking tracks weaves its way through the ancient greenery. Don’t miss O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for your chance to walk above the foliage across nine suspension bridges. 

Taste wines and local produce 

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Complete your Gold Coast Hinterland escape with a stay at Beechmont Estate

After a day spend exploring the natural world, there’s nothing better than a delicious plate of local produce. The Gold Coast Hinterland delivers outstanding food and wine experiences in spades, with charming producers making everything from wine and spirits to fudge and coffee. Stop by O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards on your way out of Lamington National Park for pizza, picnics and paddles (of wine), or taste your way through the collection at Cedar Creek Estate Winery. Stop by Mount Tamborine Distillery or Coffee Plantation, before saying hello to local producers selling fudge, cheese, honey and other delicious deli items! Make it a true Gold Coast Hinterland foodie escape with a stay at Beechmont Estate, home to the chef-hatted The Paddock restaurant.  

Shop for crafts and antiques 

Find quirky antiques in the Hinterland stores

Step into a world of creativity and craftsmanship as you browse through a diverse array of crafts and antiques in the villages of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Uncover unique souvenirs and one-of-a-kind treasures at the likes of Bygone Days or German Cuckoo Clock Nest, or explore independent gift shops, all supporting local artisans. You never know what new favourite keepsake you might find!  

Browse art galleries 

Marvel at the art of glass blowing

Local talent runs deep in the Gold Coast Hinterland, with a vibrant and ever-evolving arts scene. Wander through the Capanart Gallery, where vibrant colours and evocative brushstrokes of Robert Hagan transport you to another realm, or marvel at the masterpieces on display at the Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery, nestled within the enchanting Cedar Creek Estate. For a truly immersive experience, witness the mesmerizing art of glass blowing at Tamborine Glass Blowing, admiring the transformative power of heat and creativity. 

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