When one thinks of Gold Coast, Australia, the first and immediate thought would be of its beautiful beaches and iconic theme parks. But it is way beyond just that as Gold Coast has more to offer. The hinterland of Gold Coast is a gem that many have yet to discover.
With a mere one-hour drive inland from Gold Coast city, its green and lush nature are filled with a wanderlust atmosphere, unveiling a different yet surprising landscape far from familiarity.
Here are some of the other exciting activities for you to experience in the Gold Coast hinterland, to keep you feeling refreshed, amazed and in awe.
Up, Up And Away
Hop on a hot air balloon in the wee hours of the morning and enjoy the view from almost 1km up in the air, overlooking the sweeping sights of a well-kept secret of Gold Coast’s backwoods as the sun rises.
As you soar above the clouds in the hot air balloon with Hot Air Gold Coast, let the scenery astound you with views of farmyards, fields, forests while looking out for wallabies and kangaroos as they hop around the rolling fields.
After landing, retreat to a traditional hot brekky and a glass of bubbly to end the morning perfectly.
Glamping Is The New Camping
Gone were the days when people used to feel horrified at the idea of camping since glamping was introduced. Glamping, where stunning nature meets modern luxury, is the new trendy thing to do while in the wild.
There are many glamping options around the Gold Coast. Ketchup Glamping is your go-to site for those seeking a bush luxe experience. Ketchup Glamping hosts two luxury eco-tents, designed for romantic getaways, offering the finest seclusions for couples.
Glamping tents are accompanied by a small private alfresco kitchen and private campfire, inspiring an authentic glamping experience while cooking your own food or ordering a country breakfast or barbecue dinner hamper when making a reservation.
Cosy up to a bonfire with a good book or snuggle up in a plush queen-sized bed and wrap yourself in comfy bathrobes while staying connected with free wifi, listening to music or watching a movie. The choice rests in your hands as options are limitless in Gold Coast’s natural paradise.
For families or couple who want to be close to creature comforts such as restaurants can consider Sanctuary by Sirromet where one has the seclusion of nature and accessibility to great restaurants.
Remember The Movie City Slickers?
Imagine waking up to 425ha of nothing but lush green pastures and grazing cattle surrounded by the wild mountains of Lamington National Park and it is all for you to explore.
Nestled in the hidden foothills of the Lost World Valley, get a little “lost” in nature at the Cedar Glen Farmstay. Immerse yourself in the experience for couples and families, where you can also experience daily animal feeding, milking the cows and collecting eggs.
Gallop around on horses or ride on a four-wheel drive twilight tour, taking you to the top of Jack’s Rocks to enjoy the spectacular views while sipping on a beverage of your choice, watching the sunset.
You can also choose to check in at Worendo Cottages and book your daily activities at Cedar Glen Farmstay.
Head For The Mountain
Located in the peaceful and picturesque backwoods only an hour away from Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is one of Queensland’s secret treasures.
As a tropical rainforest – populated with distinctive, colourful, exotic birds and many interesting variations of flora and fauna – it provides peace and tranquillity that is a complete contrast to the incessant daily noise.
Join the recommended Southern Cross 4WD Tours for a guided day tour to get the most out of your mountain experience.
While you are at it, make a stop at Gallery Walk, boasting over 70 art, craft, gift and knick-knack shops for quaint buys, and a row of charming cafes and restaurants for lunch and afternoon teas.
Popularly known as Australia’s largest, highest and fastest zip line tour, Canyon Flyer is located in Thunder Bird Park at Mount Tamborine.
The zip line tour consists of seven huge zip lines that cross Cedar Creek Canyon multiple times before dropping into the canyon and flying just above the treetop canopy. You will be hanging 60m high and experience speeds of up to 70km per hour.
More In Store
There are plenty other events you won’t want to miss such as the arts and cultural event (Bleach Festival, Apr 17-28), music festival (Blues on Broadbeach, May 16-19), sports event (Gold Coast Marathon, July 6-7) and whale watching (season begins June to early November).