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Introducing Gold Coast Hinterland

Inland from the surf, sand and half-naked bods on the Gold Coast, the densely forested mountains of the McPherson Range feel a million miles away. There are some brilliant national parks here, with subtropical jungle, waterfalls, lookouts and rampant wildlife. Springbrook National Park is arguably the wettest place in southeast Queensland, with cool air and a dense sea of forest. Lamington National Park attracts birdwatchers and hikers; kitschy Tamborine Mountain lures the craft/cottage weekend set.