Fun activities in the Gold Coast hinterland

The Gold Coast’s sunny winter days are perfect for exploring the wonders and natural beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland. Only a short drive from Ocean Plaza Resort in Coolangatta the hinterland is the Gold Coast like you’ve never seen it before – ancient rainforests, intriguing natural landmarks and lush green farmlands that are a feast for the senses.

Take a day trip and enjoy these fun activities in the Gold Coast hinterland. Before you depart download your free self drive tour guide from Connecting Southern Gold Coast. Or book a tour for a totally relaxing and stress free experience!

Glow worm cave and natural bridge

This beautiful World Heritage listed site is as stunning by day as it is by night. During the day take the easy 1km walk to see the amazing natural bridge, formed by a centuries old waterfall. At night in the cave underneath the bridge you’ll experience the rushing noise of the water and the twinkle of rare glow worms, one of Australia’s largest colonies. Many guided tours include dinner and hotel transfers.

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk

This walk has been delighting locals and national and international visitors for more than 25 years. The first of its kind in Australia the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges. Enjoy walking in amongst the rainforest canopy and getting up close and personal with the flora and wildlife. Much of the walk is 15 metres above ground, and some special viewing platforms have been strategically placed to allow you to enjoy the best views.

Hot air ballooning

If you love adventure try this thrilling option: a hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast hinterland at sunrise. This tour offers 30 or 60 minute scenic rides and includes full hot breakfast and champagne at the O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead after landing. What a way to wake up on the Gold Coast!

Pack a picnic at Forest Park

Located in the Numinbah section of the Springbrook National Park this delightful grove is a cool and peaceful place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch with family. Located on the Nerang River, Forest Park offers barbeque and toilet facilities and has plenty of space for kids to play and explore.

Purling Brook Falls

For experienced walkers only, the track to Purling Brook Falls features 450 steps down into the valley. The waterfall drops 109 metres and is particularly spectacular after rain. A new suspension bridge, opened in March 2015 offers upstream views of the falls.

Morning tea in the rainforest

After all that walking and exploring at Purling Brook Falls you’re probably hungry. Located close to the falls is Dancing Waters Café, offering organic, local and homegrown fare. Enjoy a traditional Australian morning tea of scones with cream and jam and great coffee.

What’s on in Coolangatta in August? 

Looking for events and things to do in and around Coolangatta? At Ocean Plaza Resort you’re not only located a short strip away from the awesome Gold Coast Hinterland, but you’re in the heart of all the Gold Coast action.

Want to see formula one on water? Head out to the XCat Gold Coast Grand Prix at Doug Jennings Park, Main Beach from 21 to 23 August. You’ll see all the extreme catamaran (XCAT) powerboat action and enjoy entertainment, a food bazaar and kids zone.

Or discover your green thumb at the Botanical Bazaar, 9.30am to 5.30pm on
30 August at the Currumbin RSL. Take home a unique plant, taste test tropical fruits and learn more about how to create a creative, sustainable garden indoors or out!

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Do you love living by the sea in Coolangatta in amazing self-contained accommodation? Our spacious apartments are the perfect base to explore the Gold Coast. After a day on the Gold Coast hinterland or just on the beach downstairs, you’ll love coming home to a large living area, internal laundry, large kitchen and full sized bathrooms.

We’re offering a special VIP rate this month. Simply like us on Facebook and receive $10 off a night when you stay with us. This offer is only valid between Sundays and Thursdays and ends 31 August. Book today by using the form to the right – you’ll need to like us on Facebook to receive your VIP code.

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