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Explore further in the Gold Coast by heading away from those famous beaches and turning inland for adventure — and for eating!
This spot is well worth a trek from the coast, particularly if you pair it with a visit to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Sitting in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, Kamarun Lookout offers 270-degree views across to the Gold Coast and towards Brisbane. This is a lesser known gem, and that means facilities are minimal. We recommend packing a picnic and your tramping boots!
Head to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Winery, where you’ll find gorgeous spots for picnicking and — more importantly — a welcoming winery and cellar door. Speaking your language? We thought so. Nestled in the foothills of Lamington National Park, there’s something spectacular about stream-side outdoor dining under the shade of majestic Silky Oak trees. Brings your own picnic or pre-order a gourmet basket or vineyard BBQ for easy picnic perfection.
Fancy the stronger stuff? Visit the tasting room at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, one of the oldest in Queensland. Their ultra-smooth blends regularly earn international accolades and the bar staff really know their stuff.
Hidden in the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland, the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools are the perfect spot for a dip. Arrive by an easy stroll past small farms, gentle creeks and huge willows and you’ll find free BBQs and spots to picnic. If you come on a weekend, don’t miss calling into nearby Currumbin Valley Harvest or Freeman’s Organic Farm for garden-fresh produce and treats.
Granny Macs is something of a Hinterland legend, so you’ll want to sample a few of the seriously creative and freshly made flavours. Those with dietary restrictions are surprisingly well looked after too — and if you’re missing a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss the savoury pies.
Walk off your sugar rush by pottering along the many stores and art galleries along Gallery Walk.
Travel northwest of the Gold Coast and you’ll run right into Tamborine Mountain’s stunning 2,800 hectares of nature. Our perfect day might involve a picnic lunch at the Cedar Creek Falls picnic ground and a tramp to Cedar Creek Falls for a refreshing dip in the rock pools. Feel like a challenge? Add on a visit to Witches Falls — no such thing as too many waterfalls, right?
After a bit less of the whole tramping thing? Take an easy option with the 1.5km Curtis Falls circuit, which still treats you to palm-dotted rainforest, scrambling brush turkeys and a cloud of mist as the falls tumble over the rocks.
For true foodies, a visit to the restaurant at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is a must-do. You’ll find incredibly Instagrammable dishes and a menu that reads like a guide for local sourcing. We recommend the 6-course lunch — complete with paired wines for serious splurging!
If there’s one thing the Gold Coast Hinterland does exquisitely, it’s glamping. For the ultimate couples escape, you can’t beat the luxury eco-tents at Tuckers Retreat. With a rainforest backdrop, it’s a perfect spot for tramping, mountain biking or simply unwinding. Bonus — it’s still close enough to visit Canungra’s friendly restaurants, and pubs! To top it off, every tent is fitted with a hydrotherapy jacuzzi, or as we like to call it, a Champagne nest.
Or if you’re a longer stay in Lamington National Park, ask your consultant about Nightfall Camp’s luxury tents, which sit just beside crystal-clear Christmas Creek. A seriously indulgent experience, each tent offers twin bathtubs and a rotating fireplace. A word to the wise: Nightfall is limited to just eight guests at a time, so book early!
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