Gold Coast Hinterland Attractions

Thunderbird Park offers family friendly attractions for all ages. Enjoy outdoor activities while admiring the beautiful natural surroundings of the Gold Coast hinterland.

For such a relaxed, peaceful area you'd be surprised at all the attractions and things to do you can find up in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

There are a huge range of wineries, restaurants and cafes to treat yourself to, not to mention a few beer breweries and even a cheese factory where you can watch the magic happen.

There are also a number of themed activity parks, tour groups, bush walking tracks and museums to explore.

Visit a Winery or Take a Wine Tour

With the lush rainforest, green valleys, rolling hills and tranquil creeks, the Gold Coast Hinterland is the perfect setting for vineyards.

There are several wineries based in traditional homesteads that encourage visitors to come in for tastings. Some of the most popular hinterland wineries include:

Plot out your own course for an intimate tour or join one of the organised wine tours such as:

There are many more wine tours available which has conveniently been rated and reviewed on TripAdvisor - Click here to view.

Experience the Local Village Markets

There are a number of local village markets that pop up on the weekends around Mount Tamborine.

These popup markets are renowed as a source of wonderfully fresh and organic produce. We're talking clean, honest country fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally in the rich volcanic soil of the mountain.

You'll also find plenty of bargain priced goods ranging from handmade arts and crafts, knick knacks, clothing and collectables. These regular markets are on every month:


Market Name




 Makers' Market  6-8 Knoll Rd  1st Sunday of the month  8:00am - 1:00pm
 Tamborine Twilight Market  123 Long Rd  2nd Saturday of the month  4:30pm - 8:30pm
 Tamborine Mountain Country Market  386-398 Western Rd  2nd Sunday of the month   7:30am - 1:30pm
 Tamborine Twilight Market  132 Long Rd  4th Saturday of the month  4:30pm - 8:30pm
 Tamborine Mountain State School Market  Cnr Curtis and Long Roads  Last Sunday of the month  7:00am - 1:00pm
 Local Producers Market  Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds   Every Sunday morning  7:00am - 12:00 noon

Visit the National Parks

The National Parks up in the Hinterland are home to some wonderful rainforest, valleys, waterfalls and creeks.

The bushwalking paths through these mountains are well maintained and mapped so that visitors can make the most of the natural environment such as:

Natural Bridge

Natural arch cave in springbrook

A must see experience. Natural Bridge refers to a heavenly rock formation (essentially a cave) in Springbrook National Park that is home to a waterfall, glow worms and a colony of tiny bent-wing bats.

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook national park

World heritage listed Springbook National Park is a place of spectacular natural beauty. It's got everything including waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, and impressive views. The sheer natural beauty makes Springbrook an outstanding hinterland attraction.

Tamborine National Park

Tamborine national park waterfall and lush surroundings

Tamborine National Park offers glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, a look at the famous Gold Coast skyline to the east and the rolling national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west.

There are some incredible trails and bushwalks so you can soak up the cool mountain air and immerse yourself in the lush rainforest.

Lamington National Park

Lamington pool and waterfall

Amazing views, wildlife you'll won't find anywhere else and opportunities to explore. Lamington has it all from densely forested mountains to raging waterfalls with convenient walking tracks linking all of these sights together.

Mount French National Park

Mount French lookout view

Visit the ancient volcanic peaks of mounts French, Greville, Moon and Edwards.

These are recognised for their unique shape, as well as being local favourite bushwalking destinations. These trails also provide nourishing habitats of key conservation value for native plants and animals on south east Queensland.

Check out ThunderBird Park

Thunderbird Park entrance

One of the bigger hinterland attractions would have to be Thunderbird Park, a family park with something for everyone to enjoy.

Take your pick of horse riding, bush walking, laser skirmish, swimming in natural rock pools and mini golf. Kids can learn about gemstone filled thundereggs and help discover them with the park's rock expert.

We have a range of activities perfect for the school holidays, see the range of school holiday activities.

For true adventure seekers take the ultimate test of the Tree Top Challenge, Australia's longest and highest ropes obstacle course.