It's a short drive to the largest subtropical rainforest in the world
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforests in the world. Just an hour's drive from the golden beaches of Gold Coast is Lamington National Park, which is part of this ecosystem of ancient trees, gorgeous walking trails, and stunning waterfalls.
DO An easy way for first-timers to experience the national park is with O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. Serious bushwalkers are within striking distance of 320 km of hiking trails. Otherwise, you can experience the national park from high up at O'Reilly's famous Treetop Walk or get taken on a four-wheel drive to visit picturesque lookout points and mesmerising waterfalls like the Moran Falls. They also run sunset experiences at the gorgeous Moonlight Point – complete with cheeseboard and bubbly. Want some adrenaline? Sign up for a unique zipline experience that'll bring you skimming across the tops of trees.