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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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Pratten Park

Pratten Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Located just south of the Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, Pratten Park is the perfect spot for a day out on the Gold Coast. This foreshore park offers a large shaded playground including a pedal powered monorail and pirate ship for hours of entertainment. There are barbecues, picnic shelters, accessible bathroom and showers. The park is dog friendly so refer to the relevant park map for ‘dog off leash’ and prohibited areas.

Roughton Park

Roughton Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Spanning along the foreshore of Kirra Beach, Roughton Park is a popular spot to hang out with friends or family. The park features a shaded playground, barbecues, picnic tables and shelters as well as showers to rinse off after a swim at the beach. Come and enjoy Roughton Park for yourself.

Tamborine National Park

Tamborine National Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Tamborine National Park, on Tamborine Mountain at 560 metres above sea level, offers glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline to the east and national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west. The park includes Witches Falls (which in 1908 became Queensland's first national park) and Cedar Grove, The Knoll and Palm Grove sections. The mountain features basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops, numerous waterfalls and lush rainforest. It is a

Tarrabora Reserve

Tarrabora Reserve

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Tarrabora Reserve is a popular spot for locals and visitors to the Gold Coast and is located between the Palm Beach Parklands and Currumbin Creek. The reserve is a quiet and lush haven, perfect for swimming and slow walks as well as a refuge for native wildlife. Follow the winding pathway to the neighbouring reserve Beree-Badalla, which runs adjacent to the creek.

Tweed River

Tweed River

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

The Tweed River is a popular shore diving location at the southern end of the Gold Coast. While there are a number of site that can be dived in the Tweed River, the best site is the rocky wall adjacent to the harbour near the river mouth. This rocky wall forms a habitat for a wide variety of marine life, including rock cods, moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish, stripeys, globefish, lionfish, crabs, shrimps and also nudibranchs. The Tweed River is als

Thunderegg Crystal Mine

Thunderegg Crystal Mine

Type: Amusement and Theme Parks Natural Attractions and National Parks Sports and Recreation Facilities

Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland and nestled in Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain, the Thunderegg & Crystal Mine is an amazing and unique activity for the whole family. Discover your own hidden treasures from prehistoric volcanic lava in the world’s largest Thunderegg Mine. Admission includes an informative talk, learning all about Thundereggs, how to look and fossick for them and how to do it safely, then everyone gets their picks

Tropical Fruit World

Tropical Fruit World

Type: Amusement and Theme Parks Natural Attractions and National Parks Scenic Drives and Walks Zoos, Sanctuaries, Aquariums and Wildlife Parks

Tropical Fruit World More than just a farm and no ordinary tourist attraction, Tropical Fruit World has been a pioneer for eco-tourism since 1983. Located 20 minutes from Gold Coast Airport—and only 10 minutes drive from Tweed Coast beaches and trendy coastal villages like Kingscliff—come and spend time on a 200-acre working farm featuring over 500 unusual tropical fruits from all over the world, while admiring views out over the region’s tall

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