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Welcome to Queensland, Michael!

We put together some ideas for you below if you've got some time spare on the Gold Coast at Room 753. It's just a short drive from the Gold Coast into the hinterland and a more relaxed pace...
If you walk to the beat of your own drum, you would jump at the chance to escape the crowded beaches and the popular theme parks by exploring a completely different destination still within the Gold Coast region.


"The Green Behind the Gold"

Heading north on the M1 motorway (towards Brisbane) you will take Exit 57. Heading west, take Tamborine-Oxenford Road and follow the signs to Mt Tamborine.

First stop should be the Information Centre found on Main Western Road. Here you can pick up maps for hiking and short walks and decide which will suit you best, or check them out online here.

For example you could choose...

Curtis Falls – 1.5km walk which includes descending down steps to a large pool located at the bottom of the walk, while admiring the lush rainforest and wildlife that surrounds the track. Entry via Dapsang Road.

Witches Fall Circuit – 3.1km hike that is even better after some rainfall.

If you are happy to part with a few dollars then the Tamborine Skywalk is a must. You will see the rainforest from a different view. Located on Geissmann Drive you can enjoy a bite to eat after your walk in the café.
Thunderbird Park also offers some great activities to fill your morning that include a Tree Top Challenge, Fossicking, Bushwalking and even Mini Golf. And of course a kiosk offers affordable meals, including Woodfired Pizza.

After your walk/hike, why not visit the popular Eagle Heights (we recommend visiting one of the fudge shops!) or relax at one of the lookouts located in prime positions offering some decent views.

Knoll Road Lookout is popular for visitors and locals and offers great views.

Rotary Lookout located on the Main Western Road is also very popular with picnic facilities and binoculars (you might even meet some hang gliders).

There are also many non official spots to stop and enjoy a view, however, this is usually along the main roads and caution is recommended.

After your morning on the mountain, if you're a little peckish and you haven't been enticed too much by the local shops up the Mountain, we suggest making your way to Yatala Pies. Head back to the M1 and take exit 38. Yatala Pies has become a most stop shop for many travellers along the Pacific Highway for over 120 years. It offers savoury and sweet pies that are all baked onsite using ceramic pie ovens.

Ever experienced a Drive-In movie? If you find yourself eating a Yatala Pie later in the day then just head under the highway and you can park up and enjoy a movie at one of the only Drive-In Theaters left in Queensland. Yatala Drive-In has two fields and you can choose to watch one or two movies.

There is plenty to do in and around the Gold Coast that does not include sand, sun and surf! If you want any more tips, chat to us on Twitter or call our customer service team on 1300 722 920.
Happy Travels!
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