Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Hinterland is filled with gems. Image via Adobe Stock

Head Down Under to Australia’s magnificent Gold Coast Hinterland

The Gold Coast is a bustling metropolitan region on Australia’s east coast.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Hinterland is filled with gems. Image via Adobe Stock

Located just south of Brisbane, the world-renowned Gold Coast is famous for its beautiful long white sandy beaches, excellent surfing spots, and glistening network of waterways and inland canals.

Visitors to the Gold Coast have a wealth of attractions to enjoy from theme parks such as Sea World, Dreamworld, and Wet’n’Wild to outdoor adventures of hiking across the mountain ridges and valleys of Lamington National Park and surfing some of the world’s best waves.

The Gold Coast Hinterland

The magnificent mountain ranges of Tweed, Nimmel, and McPherson meet the Tamborine Mountain and Numinbah Valley to make up one of Australia’s most breathtaking landscapes — the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Just an hour’s drive from the bustling beaches of the Gold Coast and home to over 100,000 hectares of World Heritage Listed Gondwana rainforests, the Hinterland has long been a playground of spectacular natural beauty and exhilarating adventure.

Subtropical jungles, shimmering waterfalls, lofty lookouts, and incredible wildlife form part of some fantastic national parks.

Wander through the cool forests and visit the famous Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park, or head into the bird-watching paradise of Lamington National Park, which boasts 160km of walking trails, hundreds of waterfalls, and more than 250 species of unique Australian wildlife.

Explore the local arts and crafts scene in Mount Tamborine, a rainforest oasis nestled high on the range in the Tamborine National Park, which is famous for its eclectic community of artists and their work that captures the beauty of the area.

Visit one of the many beautiful vineyards along the Gold Coast Hinterland Wine Trail and sample some of the region’s finest vintages, or recharge at one of the many luxurious health retreats in the area.

Where to stay in the Hinterland

Australia’s Gold Coast Hinterland is home to amazing places that promise to rejuvenate, replenish, and restore.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa

Nestled in the Maleny Rainforest near Gardners Falls on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa is the perfect retreat for escaping big city life and getting back to nature.

Set on 18 acres of spectacular landscapes, this luxurious getaway has forest-inspired Asian-style villas with elegant décor and lovely fireplaces. Private verandahs with hot tubs are perfect for relaxing and taking in the beautiful views.

Treat yourself to luxuriating massages and body treatments at the deluxe Spa Anise and indulge in delectable Asian cuisine and fine wines at the multi-award-winning Tamarind Restaurant. If the delicious food inspires you, you can learn how to cook your favorite dish with private cooking classes at the resort.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is a fantastic spot if you want to explore the natural beauty of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Surrounded by the rainforests of Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat takes you back to nature with charming, architecturally designed villas overlooking the western McPherson Ranges.

When it comes to pampering, the retreat’s infinity swimming pool and plunge pools dotted about the property are nothing less than spectacular. A large sparkling infinity pool looks as if it’s floating out over the forests below with endless unfettered views, while whirlpool tubs on your private deck are the perfect place to relax and soak up the amazing views over the valley.

The Lost World Day Spa is another major drawcard and you can nourish your body, mind, and soul at this five-star spa and wellness center. Indulge in an array of exceptional body treatments, such as an anti-aging soak in a handcrafted vinotherapy timber bath using locally sourced grapes from O’Reilly’s own Canungra Valley Vineyards.

LillyPilly’s Cottage & Day Spa

This is the perfect retreat for revitalising your soul.

Tucked away in the Blackall Range of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, Lillypilly’s Cottages & Day Spa is a charming getaway.

Romantic cottages have comfy décor, kitchenettes, cozy fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and mod-cons like iPod docking stations for a hassle-free stay.

You can kick back and relax in a hammock or have a barbecue on your wooden deck and soak up views of the surrounding rainforest or Lake Baron.

Tuck into a delicious complimentary breakfast in your cottage every morning and then enjoy some of the five-star amenities at the retreat such as beauty treatments at the day spa, private yoga sessions at the fitness studio, or unique sound bath meditation sessions.