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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.

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Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

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

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor. Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes appr

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. The Tree Top Walk, was the first of its kind in Australia, is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above the ground. Profiles depicting the rainforest

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The cave consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the "presentation cave", where you will be shown an audiovisual display on glow-worms. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations (speleothems), such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features

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, on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Head, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a 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 resident platypus, Wally. Explore the park on your own or join the rangers in one of their daily

TreeTop Challenge

TreeTop Challenge

Type: Amusement and Theme Parks Natural Attractions and National Parks

The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop Activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest. To complete the entire Adventure Park will take three to four hours where you will have an amazing adventure flying through the trees, conquering your fears and having a whole lot of fun!

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

South East Queensland's AUD395 Million Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, later raised 15 metres in 1989 and recently upgraded in 2011. The large embankment and un-gated spillway across the Nerang River provides water security and flood mitigation to the Gold Coast. The catchment area of 207 square kilometres includes the Numinbah Valley and Springbrook Plateau, which pools into a 3700 acre reservoir called Advancetown Lake. This lak

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Byron Bay Hinterland

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Byron Bay Hinterland

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections Natural Attractions and National Parks

A short scenic journey into Byron's hinterland lies a faraway magical place - Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens. Walk among Gods through the famous Buddha Walk. Breathe in the stunning gardens and rainforest and find yourself in the ancient labyrinth or sacred Damanhur Spiral. Behold the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa, an amazing monumental project blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Every day at 1.30pm and 3.10pm enjoy unique Crystal Ca

Numinbah Section, Springbrook National Park

Numinbah Section, Springbrook National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Experience spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views and exceptional natural beauty in the Numinbah section of Springbrook National Park. Located in the foothills of the famously beautiful south-east Queensland’s Border Ranges, this park protects an area of great ecological importance and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Numinbah is on the western side of the Springbrook plateau

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