When one think of Gold Coast, Australia most would think the beach and the amusement parks but truly, there’s a lot more to explore than that.
I am lucky to explore the hinterland area of Queensland with Southern Cross Hinterland Tour during my visit last month.
Tim from Southern Cross Hinterland Tour picked me up at the hotel in the morning and we loaded the 4WD van with other tourists. I was lucky to sit in the front next to Tim. Before we leave the hotel he asked everyone what they’d prefer to have for lunch. The options were beef steak, chicken or vegetarian. I opted for chicken. Tim then contacted someone to relay the options made.
The van has free WiFi too!
Sitting in the front allowed me to observe the views freely and the chance to asked Tim all sorts of questions. Thanks for being so awesome, Tim!
We drove away from the city towards the mountain while Tim explained to us the facts and interesting things about the hinterland. He is very knowledgeable. Our first stop was the four wheel drive along Hillside Tracks through Eucalyptus & Rainforests. It was bumpy but fun and we stopped when we got to the top of the track and got to look around the eucalyptus forrest. Too bad, we didn’t see any wild koalas.
From there Tim took us for Morning Tea at The Old Church. The place is small but very charming. The Old Church and the surrounding gardens has been kept in mint condition since the early 1900’s. This Mt Tamborine icon is gorgeous. Coffee (also tea) and scones was provided while we rest and look around the beautiful place. Tim taught us how to eat scones the right way.
Within the Mt. Tamborine area there are lots of little shops and winery and we were given free times to look around – or shop if you or go in one of the many winery for wine taste experience. I choose to walk around and take photos.
Next stop was a guided forest walk at Tamborine National Park still in the Mt. Tamborine area – on Joalah Section. Tim again explained to us so many different interesting things about the forest. From the native Australian brush turkey that lives around the area to their huge nests down to the different fern types also the wonderous power of the barely seen termites eating the trees.
We reached Curtis Falls and saw the small waterfall which unfortunately according to Tim due to long summer haven’t had strong steam down like usual.
Tim drove us to Spring Gully for lunch. Nestled at the foot of Lamington National Park and next to the pisturesque Canungra Creek, Spring Gully Stays provides the perfect camping experience for those who wants to camping at their own leisure. There were some caravans there as well provided tents.
BBQ lunch was ready for us when we got there. Real barbie – as Aussies called it – experience. Lunch was delicious and the ladies who cooked were all very friendly. Being there was a feast for my eyes. The clear blue sky, green every where! We even spotted some wild wallabies on the hills. It was really a sanctuary away from the city.
After delicious lunch Tim took us up the hills towards the top of Lamington National Park. Tim explained the history of the O’Reillys thorougly. Really interesting stories there! We were then dropped for tree top walks at O’Reillys Booyong Walk. The Tree Top Walk consists of 9 suspension bridges up to 16 meters above ground. Enjoy a bird’s eye view from a deck 30 metres above ground in a fig tree over the walkway. The suspension bridge for the walk will give you an amazing view to see the green lush tropical forest.
When we were done, Tim had prepared bird foods. We were greeted by plenty of Crimson Rosellas who were pretty hungry, I gather from how they would land on your arms, on top of your head. It was really fun!
From there we went to a lookout spot, called Kamarun Lookout. It was breathtakingly beautiful! The lush green…oh, just let these photos do all the talking.
Our last stop of the fun day was at a small park called Little Clagiraba Reserve for a boomerang lesson! Although I’ve held boomerang in my hands before, I’ve never learn how to throw them properly so it was really a great experience to learn.
It was a really entertaining experience to explore the national park and their beauties. Thank you Southern Cross Hinterland Tour, thanks Tim!
[question]Would you explore the mountain area or you’re more of a beach person. Let’s chat![/question]