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Natural Attractions and National Parks


As any local will attest to, we’re in the midst of a long-term love affair with our coastline, but every now and then we put the car into cruise control, the body on ‘breathe’ and point that sat nav due west. We head to the hills with a picnic packed, travelling ribbon-like roads through a canvas of hills dotted with vineyards, waterfalls, rambling gardens and whispering streams.

Whether you’re looking to recharge the batteries, shift into a healthier gear, get a good dose of nature or just kick back and relax – we’ll have you dialling downtime, in no time. Switch off the stress and slip into holiday mode with an invigorating escape in our blissful backyard. A velvet cloak is waiting to surround you in an oasis of serene emerald green. Welcome to our heavenly hinterland.

Explore Our Gold Coast Natural Attractions and Natural Parks below.

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Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Natural Bridge is in the western part of Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park's Natural Bridge section features a picturesque rock formation, formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave. It is easily accessible from the Nerang-Murwillumbah Road car park. Follow the easy one kilometre circuit (walk in a clockwise direction) and descend through ancient Gondwana rainf

Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

This park has been impacted by severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views. Densely-forested ranges and valleys conceal the area's ancient volcanic origins and dramatic lookouts afford views over the southern edge of

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park has recently been affected by fire. Check Park alerts (https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/) for information on access, closures and conditions. Visit for a day or camp overnight. Take short walks or long treks deep into the park’s forest, exploring boulder-strewn mountain streams, dramatic lookouts, rugged cliffs and plunging gorges. As you explore the park, pay homage to the earliest inhabitants—the Y

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Ancient Aboriginal people used to call this Gold Coast suburb "good fish" and you'll hear no argument from anyone on this apt name. For Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two. So popular

Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Discover a wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast that offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. Ancient volcanic columns meet the sea in this park, which features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks. Wa

Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig. The first view of the falls will take your breath away. Depending on the season, a raging torrent or gentle curtain of water tumbles over huge basalt columns to the pool below. The columns are the legacy of the

David Fleay Wildlife Park

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks Zoos, Sanctuaries, Aquariums and Wildlife Parks

David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experience), nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! Stroll through natural habitats and visit the nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife! You'll meet crocodiles, koalas, emus, brolgas, dingoes, dunnarts, bilbies and kangaroos, along with the resident platypus, Wally. Explore the park on your own or join the P

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk nestled high within World Heritage-listed National Park. Suitable for guests of all ages, this world’s first suspension bridge provides the opportunity to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range. Stroll along nine suspension bridges for 180 metres at approximately 15 metres above the rainforest floor. Spot epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the treetop

Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park

Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park offers breathtaking lookouts, magnificent waterfalls, dense rainforest and ancient Antarctic beech trees. The park is part of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. Dominating the Gold Coast's western skyline, Springbrook's cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane he

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