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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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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 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

Numinbah Section, Springbrook National Park

Numinbah Section, Springbrook National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Located in the foothills of the famously beautiful south-east Queensland’s Border Ranges, the Numinbah section of Springbrook National Park protects a range of plants and animals, and sparkling waterways. Rugged mountain scenery makes this a superb area for photography. Take time to relax and unwind. On the banks of the Nerang River and shaded by forest, the day-use area is a perfect spot for a barbecue or picnic (sheltered tables and toilets pro

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!

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

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

Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park 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. W

Laguna Park

Laguna Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Laguna Park is simply the best kids playground on the Coast! There's a huge array of interactive and fun equipment to suit kids of all ages. Try out the huge adventure playground, pirate ship, heaps of slides and rockers, a pedal power monorail, funny faces interactive boards and heaps more. With so many options for the kids, there is a play space to suit every age. The entire playground is fenced, which is great for the little ones and it also

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