Mountain views, rainforest walks, and artisan villages welcome you to the Hinterlands.
Just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is the star of the Gold Coast Hinterlands. Drive up into the mountains to explore the hinterland villages and artisan shops, stop for tastings at a boutique winery or coffee plantation, or browse the local farmer’s markets. Outdoor adventures can be found at every turn—hike to mountain lookouts in the Tamborine Mountain National Park, spot wildlife along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, or admire the views at Witches Falls or Cedar Creek Falls. Camping options are dotted throughout the hinterlands, with everything from luxury glampsites to simple bush camping.
Along the Gold Coast The world-famous beaches of the Gold Coast are just a 40-minute drive from Tamborine Mountain. Check into a seafront campsite and spend your days swimming, surfing, and sunbathing along the sandy beaches, or head to Surfers Paradise to kayak around the waterways and experience the legendary nightlife. Family campers will find entertainment for all ages along the coast, from theme parks to wildlife sanctuaries. Gold Coast Hinterlands Tamborine Mountain is well-situated for exploring the surrounding hinterlands. Head south to hike in the Numinbah Valley and admire glow worms at the Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park. Or, for the ultimate hiking adventure, trek through UNESCO-listed rainforest and enjoy backcountry camping in the Lamington National Park. Brisbane and the Islands Urban campers have options in Brisbane, and the city makes a strategic basecamp for discovering the surrounding islands. Cruise out to North Stradbroke Island to pitch your tent on secluded beaches, or catch the ferry to Moreton Island to dive the Tangalooma Wrecks and drive along the beaches in a 4WD. Further north, Bribie Island is an idyllic escape for campers, with remote campsites reachable by boat and kayak.
Coastal campers looking to escape the summer heat will find temperatures slightly lower in the hinterlands, but expect high humidity and frequent showers from December through April. The winter months (June through August) are the most popular time to explore, with warm, mild weather ideal for hiking. Weekends are always busiest, and popular attractions can get crowded, but it’s still worth visiting at this time to enjoy the markets.
- There is no public transport to Tamborine Mountain, and you will need your own transport to explore the hinterlands and national parks. - Tamborine Mountain has a selection of shops, restaurants, and artisan producers, so you’ll have no problem finding options for eating and drinking. Gas stations and supermarkets are in the area, but for specialist camping gear, head to Brisbane or the Gold Coast. - Fire bans are common in Queensland during summer and dry periods, so be sure to check local recommendations and always use designated fire pits. - Camping permits are required to camp within Queensland’s national parks and must be reserved in advance. There is no camping in the Tamborine Mountain National Park.