GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, QLD

Weekend convoy. Pic: scenicrimadventurepark.com.au

The Gold Coast Hinterland stretches from the suburban fringe of the Goldie inland to the Tweed Range, Nimmel Range, Tamborine Mountain, Numinbah Valley and the eastern parts of McPherson Range.

The region, known as the Scenic Rim, is the Gold Coast’s lush, rainforest cloaked backyard.

It’s an easy one hour drive inland from the suburbs, and is home to dramatic mountain landscapes protected by six different national parks, including the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park.

While the 4WDing is fairly sedate, there are a couple of beautiful campsites located within the park as well as some excellent walking tracks.

An ideal overnight bush retreat for every SE Queenslander.

STUFF TO DO

4WDING: Most of the driving within the Lamington NP consists of simple bush tracks you could take a commodore up in dry conditions.

Track surfaces are made up of gravel and clay and can become difficult after rain. Track closures do occur from time to time after heavy rain.

HIKING is probably the park’s most well known attraction, and with approximately 160km of walking tracks on offer there is sure to be something to suit your skill and fitness level.

For a gentle one-kilometre stroll, try the Rainforest Return walk, starting from Green Mountain. For a more challenging full-day hike, have a go at the Box Forest Circuit, the West Canungra Creek Circuit or the Toolona Creek circuit, all starting from Green Mountain.

SCENIC RIM ADVENTURE PARK: A 680 acre private 4WD and camping retreat that offers visitors a network of hilly tracks to traverse.

There are 14 different campgrounds spread across the property plus amenity blocks and hot showers. Bookings are essential. More info at scenicrimadventurepark.com.au

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: 114km south of Brisbane and 70km inland from the Gold Coast.

CAMPING: Camping permits must be acquired to camp in the Green Mountain Camping Area. Permits cost $6.85 per person per night or $27.40 per family group per night.

Hot showers, toilets, washing facilities and rubbish bins are provided. Fires are not allowed and campers must carry in their own drinking water.

FUEL  is available in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

MORE INFO: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au