Waterfalls & Hikes

The green behind the Gold Coast is the extensive array of waterfalls, hinterland hideaways and views for days. We’re fortunate that we can be swimming at the beach in the morning and sipping wine in the mountains at midday. Only a short drive will take you into one our beautiful hinterland watering holes or lookouts. Below are some great spots to visit if you get the chance during your stay on the Gold Coast.

Natural Bridge

Tucked in at Springbrook is another natural attraction, the Natural Bridge rock formation. A great place to spot wildlife like koala, the sooty owl and cascade tree frog. After night-fall you can join a guided tour to spot glow-worms, fireflies and microbats. Located on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Springbrook, its a 54 minute scenic drive. Click here to read more about the Natural Bridge.

Mt Warning

Mt Warning offers stunning 360 degree views from it’s summit and is the first place in Australia to see the sunrise. Not for the faint-hearted, this 8.8km walk concludes with a challenging rock scramble to reach the lookout point. When you reach the top, expect to see breathtaking views stretching from the Green Cauldon out to the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. It’s a 1hr and 13 minute drive from Surfers Paradise so prepare to set an early alarm to catch the sunrise.

Burleigh Headland National Park

Whilst not so much a hike, the trail around Burleigh Headland suits all fitness levels as there are several options and routes you can take. You can opt for the lower track which takes you around the base of the headland, and offers stunning ocean views, or for more of a challenge, take the fork that heads up the hill and feel the burn! Thankfully, there are cafes nearby on either side, so if you work up a bit of an appetite you can grab a bite at Paddock on Tallebudgera Creek or one of the many cafes at Burleigh Heads.