Beautiful rainforests & mountains in that lush green hinterland
The Gold Coast’s hinterland is strikingly beautiful. The sea-to-mountain geography may not be as dramatic as that in places like Hawaii or Tahiti, but behind The Coast lies a mountainous world of heavily forested plateaus punctuated by waterfalls, and ravine-like valleys with rolling pastures that nurture the fattest of dairy cattle. Ascend these mountains and you find yourself in an ethereal world of lush rainforests as beautiful as any in the world.
The Gold Coast’s flat coastal strip is barely ten kilometres wide, with the steep mountains easily visible from any elevated building along the beach. It’s so dramatically different to anything along the beaches, yet the Gold Coast hinterland remains unknown to many first-time visitors drawn by images of sand and water. Visitors are often quite stunned by the unexpected natural beauty.
The rainforests on a series of plateaus here are unique remnants of subtropical forests that have largely been cleared for agricultural and pastoral purposes. In places, the forests are especially dense and impenetrable, while in others the thick canopy locks the sunlight out so thoroughly that little grows below, leaving visitors on an open forest floor but enveloped in near darkness. It’s an extreme contrast to the Gold Coast’s bright, open sunny beaches . Even the small, traditional dairy farms that occupy some of the flatter land are quaint and picturesque.
Getting right into the heart of the rainforests is surprisingly easy, thanks to an pro-active National Parks system that maintains extensive networks of walking tracks in all of the major National Parks, listed below. Small towns, or villages, are found near some of the Parks, offering food and accommodation, while back-to-nature passion has driven some people to build dream homes on the forested plateaus.