Let’s put aside our famous sun, surf and sand for a minute and focus on our world-class Gold Coast Hinterland. When was the last time you visited? How well do you know the lush waterfalls, the long-winding hiking tracks, the quaint country towns and the protected national parks?
In order to support your voyage into the GC’s wild west, we’ve put together a short list of the best Mount Tamborine accommodation you’re likely to find. We’ve also snuck in some broader Gold Coast Hinterland getaways too.
So, whether you’re in search of a romantic retreat or a trip away with the kids, we’re here to get you out-and-about among the Gold Coast’s other natural wonder, sitting right on our doorstep.
Pethers Rainforest Retreat
Pethers is a secluded retreat set amidst five hectares of pristine sub-tropical rainforest. Although designed exclusively for adults, you may find yourself sharing space with local wallabies, owls, echidnas and possums that call this part of the world home. Accommodation is limited to 10 private tree houses, featuring timber floors, private spa, gas fire and five-metre tall glass windows and doors, allowing you to enjoy the outside view 24/7. Pethers Rainforest Retreat offers all of the important luxuries, including an award-winning restaurant, and massage, facials and body treatments are only a phone call away. It also specialises in weddings and functions, so give it some thought if you’re looking to impress with your next event.
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
The vision behind Songbirds Rainforest Retreat was to create an experience that blew away expectations. Its aim is to completely immerse guests in the sounds and sights of the natural environment, accompanied by incredible food. One visit and you’ll know they’ve succeeded. Songbirds is one of the best Mount Tamborine accommodation options, so take your pick of six spacious villas spread out over 51 acres of stunning Australian rainforest, giving you a sense of ultimate privacy, while also being part of the all-encompassing environment. Don’t miss Songbirds Restaurant, overseen by Head Chef Meyjitte Boughenout, for a spectacular experience of classical dishes with a modern touch, combined with just a pinch of theatre.
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has been a Hinterland favourite for years, offering guests a green experience while supporting the history, heritage and diversity of surrounding Lamington National Park. The accommodation is brilliant, taking in many of the Scenic Rim views. With room options such as the Rainforest Villa, Canopy Suite, Valley View Villa and Mountain View Room, it’s easy to understand why this place has been a standout for so long. There’s a whole range of activities for the family, including guided walks, a glow worm experience and wildlife shows. There’s also the Lost World Spa if you’re after a little R & R, and plenty of bar and dining options to finish off the day.
The Mouses House
Nestled in Springbrook National Park, The Mouses House is a dedicated retreat built for romantic escapes, honeymooners or nature-loving families. Not familiar with The Mouses House? Think cosy, wood-panelled chalets spread throughout dense rainforest. Think cascading mountain streams. Think private outdoor hot tubs. If you’re chasing a place to unwind, The Mouses House could very well be for you. Try their special accommodation packages, which include massage and relaxation options, food baskets and hampers. There are also tennis courts, bikes and a sauna hut. If you’re hunting for some of the best Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation, stop the search.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Upper Crystal Creek
If you’re looking for a serious Gold Coast hinterland romantic getaway, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is definitely worth a look. It’s a 102-hectare property located in the Tweed Valley, bordered on three sides by World Heritage National Park. The accommodation options are, quite simply, breathtaking. From cosy cabins to luxurious architect-designed lodges, the retreat will steal you away from civilisation and make you feel a million dollars. Book yourself into the Luxury Mountain View Lodges for accommodation that is truly unbelievable. Then take advantage of the delicious in-room gourmet hampers and breakfast baskets, along with rainforest treks, couples’ massages and glow worm walks.
If retreats aren’t your thing, and instead prefer a whole property to yourself, Canungra House has your name on it. This is the perfect Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation for big family getaways, or memorable breaks with your closest friends. Canungra House is spread over two levels. However, the clever design allows each level to function independently by including its own kitchen, bedrooms, lounge and dining, giving you the option of privacy if you prefer. The property sits on 50 acres of land, so there’s plenty to see and do. Plus, it’s only 400 metres from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, which equals a short walk home after your favourite wines in the sun.
Found your next weekend getaway among our pick of the best Mount Tamborine accommodation and beyond? You’ll want to hunt down these nature walks while you’re there.
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