The gold and the beautiful: Natural stars of the Gold Coast
For a shot of adrenaline that offers a natural high, look no further than the Gold Coast with these get-back-to-nature adventures.
Get wet and get wild
Take your hiking boots and wander the waterfalls of Lamington National Park to immerse yourself in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area – the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world.
For something really special, make the most of your time in Springbrook National Park and discover Natural Bridge, created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave.
Keen to chase more waterfalls? Check out Queensland’s 10 best waterfalls here.
Come face-to-face with your Aussie mates
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was opened as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary in 1947 as a way to stop the local lorikeet population destroying the flower plantations. Today the lorikeets still flock to the sanctuary twice daily to be fed by visitors and the park has grown to one of the largest collections of Australian native species in the world.
Get up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil, see some snakes in the reptile house and explore the largest walk-through aviary in the southern hemisphere. You can also meet a local or two through the dingo encounters, watch free flight bird shows and crocodile feeding of the park’s massive saltwater crocodile.
They don’t call it Surfers Paradise for nothing
There’s over 70km of surfing beaches stretching along the coastline but the mecca for surfers is The Superbank – a large man-made sandbank, extending around 2km from Snapper Rocks Point through Rainbow Bay, Greenmount Point, Coolangatta Beach, and ending at Kirra.
One of the longest and hollowest waves in the world, a single wave at The Superbank has reportedly been ridden for a distance of 1.97 km, all the way from Snapper Rocks to Kirra.
On a good day, up to 200 surfers can be found jostling for a piece of the Superbank’s action. On a spectacular day there will be a number of world champions in the water, so even if you haven’t learned to surf, you can watch and enjoy the show!
Psst! Check out these sweet photos from the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro, held annually at Snapper Rocks.
Discover the green behind the gold
Locals love the Curtis Falls track on Tamborine Mountain – an enchanting 1km walk through the wet eucalypts of the Joalah section of Tamborine National Park, the third oldest national park in the world.
Celebrate the remnants of the former Mount Warning volcano and look up to see the gorgeous strangler figs and giant stinging trees. From the large rock pool at the base of the falls, you’ll notice the huge basalt columns, a legacy of the region’s volcanic history.
Look for basking turtles on fallen logs, see fish and eels in the rock pool, and if you’re lucky you might spot the local platypus. At night, you can also look for glow-worms in the surrounding cliffs.
Want to explore further? Check out our Insider Guide to Mt Tamborine here.