The Gold Coast is an hour’s drive from Brisbane and has been a popular tourist destination for over 50 years. In recent years, to accommodate the rapid influx of international and interstate tourists, it now has its own Airport to fly direct. The Gold Coast is renowned for its Beaches, with over 860 kilometers of coastline to choose from, there is something for everyone – for surfers, for families and for swimming. There are over 50 beaches, 42 of which are patrolled by lifeguards during school holiday season.

But something you might not know about the Gold Coast is, that it is home to some of the most spectacular Rainforests and National Parks. Tucked away in the Hinterlands and only a short 35-minute drive away. Why not escape to the Hinterland, where you can explore the tree top walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, which is a once in a lifetime experience. 15 meters off the ground are 9 suspended bridges, which traipse through this incredible rainforest canopy. If you prefer to have your feet firmly planted on the ground, then see the sights that the Lamington and Springbrook National Parks have to offer, which will delight any hiker or bushwalker.

The Natural Bridge situated within the Niminabh valley has to be seen to be believed; with rock archway, waterfall, and various caves. The unusual geological feature created over hundreds of years of water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave is incredible. Only at sunset can the glow-worms be seen, which is spectacular.