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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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Coombabah Lakes Conservation Area

Coombabah Lakes Conservation Area

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Coombabah Lakes Conservation Area is ideal for short walks, animal spotting and plant identification and gives you an opportunity to appreciate an ecologically significant area. Coombabah Lakes Conservation Area protects more than 1200 hectares of wetland, eucalypt forest, salt marsh and mangrove swamp habitat. Lake Coombabah and its estuarine system are important coastal wetlands and migratory water bird habitats.

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

Gold Coast Oceanway

Gold Coast Oceanway

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Even die-hard Gold Coast fans may not realise this but there is an official section of the coast known as the Gold Coast Oceanway, a 36-kilometre network of pathways which connects The Spit at the north to Point Danger in the south. This innovative initiative is actually a series of sections which range up to four kilometres long and are popular with walkers and cyclists. There's accessible viewing platforms for people with disabilities and the

Cascade Gardens

Cascade Gardens

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Cascade Gardens is one of the Gold Coast´s favourite family picnic and barbecue spots. There are several options for your get together, with many barbecue and undercover picnic shelters. The riverside location gives the park a relaxed feel - Cascade Gardens is a peaceful sanctuary set back from the Gold Coast Highway. The huge playground will keep the kids entertained for hours! There is even a Liberty Swing, designed for children in wheelchai

Cook Island Dive Site

Cook Island Dive Site

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Cook Island, a short boat trip from the Gold Coast, is an accessible and appealing dive site for all experience levels. Hard and soft corals cover the bottom in some areas, with boulders forming walls and caves descending to the sandy sea floor in others. A colourful and interesting mix of reef and pelagic fish call Cook Island home: pufferfish, gropers, surgeonfish, anemonefish, leatherjackets, parrotfish, trevally, bullseyes and sweetlips are s

Apple Tree Park

Apple Tree Park

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Apple Tree Park is located on the Springbrook range. The park itself is a quiet, sheltered, lovely little park, with an amenities building, barbecues and picnic tables. Most days you will find birdlife such as kookaburras resting on the arms of nearby trees. Just stop and listen to the wildlife and hear the wind whistling through the leaves. Apple Tree Park is the mid-way point for the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 54 kilometre trek thro

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 the Byron Bay hinterland lies a tranquil and magical sanctuary. Welcome to the home of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals, where you can sit in an ancient crystal cave. The Crystal Castle with its peaceful ambience and exquisite natural splendour is a place of wonder for everyone. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth, the Crystal Guardians or be immersed in the magic of the Enchan

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are a green oasis in the heart of the city. The Gardens are a short 10 minute drive from central Surfers Paradise and are set on 31 hectares of parkland and lakes. There's an experience for everyone - explore our native ecosystems along the Mangroves to Mountains trail, follow the historic journeys of the Yugambeh people in the Story of their Country garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden, visit the Butte

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area

Type: Natural Attractions and National Parks

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area is famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species). It is an important refuge for many animals and home to impressive examples of ancient songbirds. Many plants and animals here are threatened species—relying on the protection of the parks for survival. Visit one of the parks along the New South Wales an

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