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Gold Coast Hidden Gems

Four Unmissable Gold Coast Gems

Gold Coast Hidden Gems

The Coast is known for its sparkling beaches, permanently sunny weather and vibrant nightlife, and if you go anywhere near the Beaches you’re sure to get swept up in the moment. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds. From sparkling beaches to rugged bushland, the Coast is full of hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Get yourself sandy at one of the numerous secluded beaches, or get your daily dose of exercise and hike to one of the Hinterlands many hidden wonders! Whether you go with your friends or on your own, this slightly eclectic collection of Gold Coast Gems is sure to brighten up your day – and your Instagram feed. Just don’t forget to bring a camera!

Glow Worm Caves – Springbrook National Park

Hidden away in the back of the Gold Coast, the Glow Worm caves of Springbrook National Park are one of the Gold Coast’s greatest hidden treasures. Made up of numerous chambers and hosting thousands of Glow Worms all year round, this other-worldly place is a must-see! Grab a bite to eat at the nearby Cedar Creek Restaurant before transporting yourself to the surface of Mars, and then if you’ve got time spare come back down to Earth and explore the rest of what Springbrook National Park has to offer! To truly feel like you’re in another world, make sure you go in the off-peak times.

Budds Beach Reserve – Currumbin

Nestled on the banks of Currumbin Creek behind Salk Oval, this secluded beach is the perfect place to de-stress and grab that fresh summer tan. This place has serious holiday vibes – With plenty of sun, plenty of shade and plenty of space between you and the next person, you’ll never want to leave this private patch of paradise. There are also coffee shops just across the road, or you can pack your own food and have a picnic! But be aware – The Creek is tidal, so make sure you keep your picnic well out of the water! Oh, and dogs always welcome.

Tallebudgera Creek – Tallebudgera

Just ten minutes’ drive from Budds Beach, Tallebudgera Creek Park is the perfect place to spend the weekend. Just a short walk from the mouth of the River, there’s numerous places to swim – From the more popular Tallebudgera Creek Park just beside the Motorway to the more secluded Dog Park at the Mouth of the River, there’s plenty of Beach to go around. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you’ll also be able to cross the Creek at low tide and explore Burleigh Headland! With several secluded bays just around the corner, if you’re willing to go for a walk you’ll certainly be rewarded with that perfect Instagram-worthy shot! Beach hopping, anyone?

Mt Cougal Cascades

Not a fan of sand? Hidden right on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, the Mount Cougal Cascades provide all the delights of Gold Coast beaches, without the downside of getting sand all up in everything. Despite being tucked away in the Hinterland, the Cascades are pretty easy to reach – just travel along Currumbin Valley Road as far as you can go, and follow the track along Currumbin Creek to the falls! There are also several rock pools and small waterfalls along the way suited for all kinds of mythical creatures, and even an old sawmill at the end to give you your History fix! You’ll also find plenty of picnic tables – May as well take the day off!

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Aimee Higgins

Aimee Higgins

I'm a creative at heart - I love reading, I love writing and I love my social media! I spend the majority of my time sipping coffee and finding the next best cafe, but when I get a second off chances are I'll be brunching at my local or running off to whatever event is on that night! During Summer you can find me sipping coffee and tanning down by Burleigh Beach, and in Winter I'll be skiing the slopes of Perisher or buried under a mountain of blankets with chocolate and a good book.