Still referred to as the “Green behind the Gold” by many people, the Gold Coast Hinterland is the gateway to the SE QLD rainforests, ranging from Tamborine Mountain in the north to Lamington and Springbrook National Parks in the south.
Settlements at Beechmont, Canungra, Springbrook and the Numinbah Valley, originally timber, farming and dairying communities, have gradually given way over the years to hobby farmers and new settlers seeking a more relaxed lifestyle.
As a result, visitors can choose from a wide variety of countryside accommodation including camp grounds, B&Bs, cabin style lodgings and cottages, many of which are original farm homesteads or refurbished workers dwellings.
And while the world heritage national parks are the primary attractions for many people, the winding roads with ample restaurants, cafes and arts and crafts outlets, can provide an interesting and scenic self drive day tour.
For fudge afficionados, a day trip to Springbrook Plateau via the Numinbah Valley, will see you making two or three stops, to “sample” the wares of local makers, available at local shops or other outlets.
Monthly markets include the Beaudesert Market – held on the 1st Saturday of the month, Beechmont Country Markets on the 3rd Sunday, and Canungra Valley Market held on the last Sunday in the month.
For more information, check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Gold Coast Hinterland, which has a short description of major attractions and national parks, as well as information about accommodation, tours and attractions, and transport options for getting there.