A Day Trip to the Hinterland in Qld

To witness the Gold Coast from a completely different view and one you won’t forget anytime soon, take a drive out and explore our Hinterland. Holiday Holiday team brings to you the best of exploring Gold Coast hinterland.

The suggested months to visit the hinterland are between April and October when the weather in Queensland is a bit colder, making it ideal and comfortable for long hikes, picnics, and amazing sunsets.

Exploring Gold Coast Hinterland:  how many days do I need?

The amazing Hinterland is located only a short 45 minute drive from the hustle & bustle of Surfers Paradise beachfront resorts and shops. There are countless options for a half or full day trip while you are holidaying on the sunshine state of Queensland.

One of the best things to do while exploring Gold Coast hinterland is the highly recommended break of dawn or afternoon drive to see the sunrise/sunset over the mountains and drive back to the city towards the stunning coastline.

#1: Hinterland’s Best Of All Lookout

The best lookout to experience a sunset in the hinterland, ironically (or not) is called “Best of all Lookout”, situated in Springbrook close to the border of Queensland and New South Wales.

How to get There?

To drive to the Springbrook lookout from Surfers Paradise (where you’ll find the best accommodation options on the Gold Coast), drive towards Nerang, and after crossing over the M1, take the QLD state route 97 and then route 99 towards Springbrook, but if you are not familiar with the local roads and directions, the easiest way to get to the lookout is to set your GPS to Springbrook – Repeater Station Road, Springbrook, QLD, 4123, or simple type: “Best of All Lookout” on Google maps and retrieve the directions.


After arriving and parking your car, it is a short 600 meters round walking trip from the car park to the lookout through a paved pathway.

Best Time to visit Springbrook Lookout

Although the hinterland view from the Lookout is impressive throughout the whole day, it is during sunrise and sunsets that it shines to its full potential.

In order to experience the amazing sunrise or sunset views, leave towards the lookout with plenty of time to spare, making sure to arrive with at least 30 minutes prior to sunrise/sunset to witness one of the best light shows the Gold Coast has to offer, without worrying with reservations or long queues.

#2: Natural Bridge waterfall

The park’s Natural Bridge section features a picturesque rock formation, formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave. The natural rock bridge, plunging waterfall and arched cave are surrounded by subtropical rainforest in the beautiful Numinbah Valley.

#3: Winery Visits

The best thing about wineries on the Gold Coast is that they are within driving distance to the heart of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach from Holiday Holiday’s Gold Coast accommodation options, which means a fantastic day trip addition to any of the six best wineries on the Gold Coast. Don’t miss out on O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. More than just wine tasting, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards is perfect for a picnic with the family. Order a picnic basket, complete with picnic rug, cutleries and glasses and spread out on the extensive grounds that stretch along the banks of the Canungra Creek.

Enjoy exploring Gold Coast hinterland and remember to use the #AlwaysGC when posting your moments for a chance to be featured on our social media.