Hinterland's Hottest Hikes
6 Must-Try Hikes This Spring
We all love the sparkling beaches and bright city lights, but travel just a little away from the bustling city streets and you'll discover a whole other world, of vibrant colour and rushing waterfalls just outside our front doors. The Coast and the Hinterland are full of lush rainforests, colourful creatures and rushing waterfalls, and with the cold finally creeping away there's no better time to grab your friends, some walking shoes and go explore everything that our gorgeous Hinterland has to offer.
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I you haven't been to Natural Bridge yet make sure you get there this Spring. One of the Coast's (if not Australia's) most iconic walks, Natural Bridge walk centres around an incredible rock formation hidden in Springbrook Natural Park, created by water repeatedly hitting the roof of a cave over thousands of years. Envelop yourself in the relaxing sound of the water running through the roof of the cave then get lost along one of the many walking tracks around Natural Bridge, or enjoy the day down there with friends and a picnic basket. Natural Bridge is also home to an incredible colony of glow worms, so if you're not afraid of the dark head up there at night for a truly incredible experience!
Mount Warning is one of the Gold Coast and NNSW's most popular mountain climbs, so if you're looking to start climbing mountains (or just want a really cool spot to watch the sunset), this is it. About an hours drive out from the Coast, this 8.8km uphill hike finishing with a rocky scramble certainly isn't for the faint-hearted or unfit, but if you're looking for a challenge or a way to fill your whole day, Mount Warning is the perfect climb. Get there early and celebrate your climb with a picnic up the top, or start after lunch and get to the top just in time to watch the sun set. If you're after a true challenge, get there in the middle of the night, and get to the top just in time to watch the sunrise! It may be a hard track, but trust me - It's totally worth it.
Burleigh Heads National Park
Ok, so maybe it's closer to the beach than the Hinterland, but Burleigh Heads National Park is still one of the Coast's most incredible bushwalks. Perched right on the Burleigh Headland and overlooking the Ocean, the Burleigh circuit is an amazing short hike for anyone with a couple of hours spare, winding around Burleigh Headland and finishing at a gorgeous lookout at the top. If you've got the whole day free, you can also follow the Oceanview Trail from the Southern entrance down to a small beach opposite Tallebugera Creek, and spend the day swimming in the Creek!
Looking for the perfect rockpool Instagram shot? Killarney Glen has you covered. Home to the Insta-famous heart-shaped rockpool, Killarney Glen is a relatively easy walk and a super cute place to spend one of our warmer Spring days, complete with a place to swim and plenty of space to hang out. Just don't forget your camera... You'll want to Instagram this place!
O'Reilly's Rainforest Walk
Not only does this place have seriously amazing trails, but it has a treetop walk as well! If you're looking for a place to get away for a day (or two) but want somewhere not too far from the Coast, O'Reilly's is the perfect spot, with plenty of walks as well as cafe's, gift shops and even hotels to keep you occupied for days on end. If the drive up doesn't leave you excited for more their canopy walk will, suspended sixteen metres in the air for the perfect aerial view of the stunning Lamington National Park! If you're up for a longer trek, O'Reilly's also joins up with the Border Track, a 21.4km trail joining O'Reilly's retreat to Binna Burra.
Purling Brook Falls
If you're a bit of a waterfall junkie,Purling Brook Falls is the perfect place to go. Rushing out of Springbrook National Park, the Purling Brook Falls circuit will amaze you with colour, as you wander past bright flowers and through Heritage-listed land to the waterfall. Unless you plan on a serious leg workout you'll want to go clockwise on this trail - It has 265 steps in it - But if you've got the time, make a detour to Warringa Pool for a peaceful dip! If you want to make a day out of it, why not take a picnic too?