Why the hinterland makes for the perfect Gold Coast getaway
Explore a different side to this sun and sand destination discovering local secrets on a refreshing weekend road trip in the Gold Coast hinterland.
- December 2019
Laid-back Coolangatta is the gateway to the classic holiday heaven of the Gold Coast but it’s also the perfect place to start your hinterland explorations. The unspoilt Gondwana Rainforests, mountain ranges and national parks are teeming with wildlife and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Begin by heading north on the M1 highway to the historic town of Mudgeeraba, calling in to the industrial-chic Jekyll and Hyde Coffee Lab (193 Gemvale Road, Mudgeeraba, 07 5525 3344) for a flat white brewed with Toby’s Estate beans and maybe a cheeky slice of homemade blueberry and lemon curd loaf for the road.
From there, take the Nerang Murwillumbah Road and Henri Robert Drive further west into the heart of the Scenic Rim. Witches Falls National Park on Mount Tamborine is the third-oldest national park in the world and the three-kilometre return trip from the car park through the rainforest to the waterfalls is an easy way to stretch your legs; keep an eye out for pademelons and lyrebirds. If that’s worked up an appetite, lunch has to be a full rack of ribs at American-style barbecue joint Hickory or, for something a little daintier, try the high tea at Tea and Niceties.
Then it’s a drive back south to the Gondwana Rainforest of Lamington National Park for a stay at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. End on an indulgent note at the spa with a Vinotherapy Ritual, which includes a body mask of clay and red grapes.
The Gold Coast hinterland is a feast for the senses and there’s no better way to experience it than on this 105km road trip.
Jetstar car hire makes it easy
Car rental is offered by Hertz Group via Car Trawler. Jetstar doesn’t offer car rental directly. For full terms and conditions please visit jetstar.com/au/en/holidays-booking-conditions