View from the Top

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 discovery day tour.

Numerous look-outs and road side stops along the way, offer stunning views and photo opportunities of the rainforest clad valleys and escarpments of the extinct volcano.

Alternatively, you can let someone else do the driving (and talking!) and take advantage of the knowledge and years of experience that local day tour operators offer.

Lamington National Park.  Subtropical rainforest, magnificent views, waterfalls and colourful wildlife make this park one of the most popular in southern Queensland for day visitors.  Green Mountains (O’Riellys) section is accessed via Canungra and Binna Burra section via Beechmont.

Springbrook National Park consists of three distinct sections, each with their own features and charms.  Springbrook Plateau and Natural Bridge sections are accessible from the Gold Coast via Nerang and the Numbinbah Valley, or 45-60 minutes via Murwillumbah and Chillingham, and Mt Cougal section via the Pacific Highway and Currumbin (see Tomewin/Currumbin).

Natural Bridge is the southern most section and features a circular walking track through the rainforest to the “Natural Bridge” formation, where a waterfall plunges through the roof of a cave into a beautiful sun-dappled rainforest grotto.

Springbrook Plateau.  Waterfalls cascade over the spectacular cliffs in this section. Lookouts offer scenic views of mountains, canyons and coastline, with “Best of All” lookout being the most spectacular, offering stunning views over the Tweed Valley and Mount Warning, to the south.

Beechmont, Numinbah Valley, Springbrook

Nerang visitor signage to national parks and Murwillumbah

Still often referred to as the “Green behind the Gold”, 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.

Accessible from the Pacific Highway at Nerang and Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, and via Chillingham and Numinbah from the Tweed Valley, the hinterland has attracted artisans and crafts people to live.

Photos © by J Palmer, Big Volcano Tourism

I am heading to Numinbah this weekend…so there will be lots of new adventures as I will go to the Numinbah Markets at the Numinbah Valley Arts Centre …and camp at the Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails.

In fact last time I was in this area was when I went to Leaping Woods past Murwillumbah and saw the now extinct volcano Mt Warning