Compare your options for heading inland and exploring the scenic landscapes of the Brisbane Hinterland.
In a nutshell, the area worth exploring stretches north from Lamington National Park on the New South Wales border to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
A fulfilling range of hinterland tours and activities can be booked from the hubs of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
|Departs from||Visits||Highlights||Price||Book with|
|Brisbane||Lamington National Park||Tree Top Walk, O’Reilly’s Guesthouse||$89||Experience Oz|
|Brisbane||Springbrook National Park, Mt Tamborine||Numinbah Valley, rock pools and waterfalls hike, Natural Bridge, Glow Worm Caves||$159||Viator|
|Brisbane||Noosa, Sunshine Coast Hinterland||Noosa Heads, sightseeing cruise on Noosa River, Glasshouse Mountains||$109||Viator|
|Brisbane||O'Reilly's Green Mountains||Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Interpretive Rainforest Centre, O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk||$110||Get Your Guide|
|Brisbane||Springbrook National Park, Tamborine National Park||Gallery Walk, glow worms at Cedar Creek, Curtis Falls, lunch at a winery, rainforest walk||$159||Get Your Guide|
Brisbane Hinterland tours
The hinterland of Brisbane beckons bushwalkers, nature lovers, and really anyone who wants some fresh air away from the city. Highlights include Bunya Mountains National Park, a rainforest park within three hours’ drive from Brisbane, with rare plant life and bird species and a range of walking trails. Mount Coot-tha Forest is the green area on the map stretching north from Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Gap Creek Reserve to Lake Wivenhoe (great for fishing). Don’t miss Jollys Lookout, about 25km from Brisbane up Mount Nebo – a hot spot for picnics, bushwalking and spectacular hinterland views.
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a Full Day Natural Bridge and Tamborine National Park in a 4WD from $135 per adult, $95 per child from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Go hot air ballooning with Balloon Aloft from $250 for 30 minutes, also from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Or hop on a scenic helicopter flight and take in the jewels of the Gold Coast: the beaches and the hinterland. It’s available from $960 for 3 people for an hour-long flight on Adrenaline. Alternatively, get to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and explore Noosa with this tour on Viator for $109 per person.
Where is the hinterland?
From Brisbane's CBD, expect the following driving distances to get to the area's local attractions. Some of the below are also within easy reach of Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. If you're going on a multi-stop trip along the Queensland coast, some places may be more easily accessed from those areas.
- Mount Coot-tha Forest: 9km
- Tamborine Mountain: 40km
- Glass House Mountains: 70km
- Maleny: 90km
- Lamington National Park: 105km
- Blackall Range: 180km
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