Must Do’s Just Outside The Gold Coast

Getting Outside The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a city full of fun and adventure, and never a dull moment. But one thing that most people brush aside are the beautiful surrounding areas.

All within a hour are the Springbrook Mountain, Woolumbin National Park and Mount Tamborine, all tropical havens with unbelievable walks, adventure, scenery and waterfalls galore.

We are going to highlight five main attractions and five attractions that we can say we have tried ourselves. So without further ado her is…

Our Top Five Things to Do Outside the Gold Coast

Purling Brook Falls

Set amongst the dense rainforest of the up the top of Springbrook Mountain lies the stunning waterfall of Purling Brook Falls. The Falls is a horsetail waterfall with a mammoth sheer 106 metre drop.

The waterfall has 2 look out points, which are accessed at both ends of a 4 km loop walk. The first point is a front on view of the gigantic falls. The view out and around is just spectacular and shows the size of this falls. The lookout out point number 2 is situated from the top of the fall, where you are barely metres from the fall itself. Looking down onto the bottom of this huge falls.

You can just choose to view the falls but for the more adventurous is the 4km walking track loop to the bottom of the falls and back. When you you arrive at the foot of the falls, at this point you surely do understand the sheer size of this fall, as you look up to it. The walk down to it is a little challenging. But trust us, it is well worth persisting to get the great view up at the fall.

Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge lies in the Springbrook National park, a naturally formed rock arch over Cave Creek. It came from a waterfall which cut a cave beneath the waterfall and formed a pothole on top, until the two joined and the creek flowed through the cave, leaving an arch across the front.

The cave itself is home to a colony of glow worms and such nightly tours are operated in which to view them. The vast glow from the worms make this a must see tour.

To get to the cave there is a 1.4 km walking track which is mostly a very manageable walk and takes you along some great views on the way, and alends to a few great photo opportunities.

About 3/4 of the way round is the best shot of the Natural Bridge. Face on is a incredible view of gushing waterfall through the rocks, with the beaming sunlight to light up this incredible view. From here you can proceed through into the cave to see the gushing waterfall at its peak.

The final vantage point is at the opening at the top of the fall. Here you can see where this wonder has naturally formed and the sheer volume of water falling into the cave.

Curtis Falls

Set in the tropical Mount Tamborine is the beautiful Curtis Falls waterfall and the Curtis Falls walking track.

Enter the the walk and straight into a world of towering gum trees, Eucalyptus and a ever cool lush rainforest. Broken trees and and only the sound of distant whipbirds make for a peaceful and tranquil visit.

The walk down to the falls is a beautiful flowing track through this lush environment. Well maintained tracks and handrails there to make the trek easier.

Note: As mentioned the track is elevated but not steep it suits most people apart from strollers and wheelchairs as there are parts which involve steps.

You may find platypus, turtles and even the famous east coast Brush Turkey on this trip. In fact there are always plenty of the Brush Turkeys around. these birds otherwise known as scrub turkeys are common on the west coast of Australia. They are black in colour with red beaks and is only one of three species to inhabit Australia.

After the short 1 km walk you arrive at the falls, access into the falls and surrounding rock pools is restricted in order to protect the landscape, however a viewing platform for a great angle and picture opportunity is available.

The waterfall seems to have a constant flow we went on a particularly dry month and as you can see below, was still full of water.

Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird park is an adventure park and camping site on the highly popular Tamborine Mountain.

A great place to take the kids and well as your about to find out adults like us also.

The park is known for it’s main attraction the Treetop Challenge. A obstacle course through the trees in a harness with zip lines and lots of climbing. Can be hard work but very rewarding. The ultimate fun for both adult and children.

The park also offers a few other activities like horse riding, mini golf and the thunderegg crystal mine. As well as a great camp site and restaurant and bar.

Mount Warning NSW

Mount Warning is a Mountain just over the border of Queensland and New South Wales. A medium to challenging hike to the peak with the hardest and the steepest being a the top getting onto the peak.

History

A mountain in the Tweed Range in the Northern rivers region of New South Wales Australia. It was formed from a volcanic plug of the now-gone tweed volcano. The mountain is located 14 kilometres south west of Murwillumbah near the border between New South Wales and Queensland. Lieutenant James Cook saw the mountain from the sea and named it Mount Warning.

The Walk

The walk and the tracks themselves are not to bad to start with its a gradual climb weaving in and out of the rainforest. As mentioned to get to the top and the final 50 metres does require pulling yourself up a stone wall helping yourself by a chain. And can be a little challenging if you are a bit less able. Note: If this is a bit to much there are lookouts along the hike giving fantastic views and vantage points.

Make sure you wear good quality walking boots, bring plenty of water and snacks. The itself to the top and back will take approximately 3 – 5 hours depending on yourselves.

Conclusion

Five must sees for trips just outside the Gold Coast and to be honest there are many more. Just over the hour away you can visit the seaside town of Byron Bay or go inland and see the rural town of Beaudesert, these again are two contrasting places but very worthy of a visit.


Best Places to Visit in the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Fortunately, there is no such thing as the ultimate vacation scenario, as everyone has their own idea of what a dream holiday is.

Yes, planning a getaway would be much easier if there would be some universal answer, there is no arguing that. But life would be so much duller that cost just doesn’t justify the means.

However, there are several popular ideas on what makes a perfect trip setting. For some people, it’s the tropical paradise from the Bounty chocolate bar commercial, while others long for the unique larger-than-life atmosphere of the capital cities. Quite a few dream of snow, fjords, and the miracle of aurora borealis.

And, the gem of Italy, the stunning Amalfi Coast is definitely one of the most interesting options on the list of the favored vacation destinations. And with so many incredible places to visit in the Amalfi Coast, it’s no surprise!

The picturesque coastline seems to belong to another world, a window to a paradise realm from a different universe. The pure beauty of the sceneries takes your breath away even if you’ve been to this remarkable region multiple times before.

Everything seems to be too good to be true: nature, food, limoncello liqueur, and brilliant sights, so deciding what should go on your must-see vacation list can be rather challenging.

So, let’s explore some of the most interesting options to look for with Italy vacation packages

Best Places to Visit in the Amalfi Coast: Sights Not to Miss

It’s bold (to say the least) to assume that someone can visit all the impressive landmarks of the region during one holiday, so why not start with something less ambitious?

For example, you can pick three interesting places you would like to visit for your first trip, and it will leave you some time to enjoy a gastronomic tour, explore the cities you’ve chosen for your stay, and set off on some impromptu excursions. 

Blue Grotto on Capri Island

A stunning natural wonder, the Blue Grotto, is an extraordinary sea cave that can easily become the highlight of your trip. This magical natural wonder belongs to another planet and feels like a setting for one of the Doctor Who episodes. 

The entrance to this not-so-secret landmark hardly stands out, two meters wide and about a meter high, so you need an experienced guide to get inside. Visitors have to lie on the bottom of a rowboat to be able to get in, but this minor inconvenience is well worth the stunning beauty that waits for them inside. Upon entering, they see a wide cave going deep into the cliff and illuminated by the rich blue light, coming from the seawater, so clean it seems impossible.

In the Roman times, this place was a bathing hole of the second Roman emperor and looked more civilized – decorated with sculptures (two of them you can find in Anacapri museum) and boasting a few resting areas, but time erased the traces of luxury, and the Blue Grotto now seems as untouched as it once was.

Cathedral of Saint Andrew & Cloister of Paradise

The city of Amalfi boasts plenty of fascinating sights, but if you don’t have much time and have to pick just one of them to explore thoroughly – check out the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, also knows simply as Amalfi Cathedral.

It’s probably one of the most visited places in the Amalfi Coast.

You won’t miss it, because the sight is a real head-turner, dominating the views of the Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Amalfi.

To be fair, a place like that, combining unique style, fascinating history, and unparalleled cultural heritage, makes quite a bizarre sight, neighboring with cozy and always busy streets filled with shops and cafes. But such an interesting position only adds to its charm.

The cathedral houses the relics of Apostle Saint Andrew, and its interiors can make even seasoned travelers gape in awe. 

Cloister of Paradise, adjusted to the cathedral is also an interesting sight to stop by. This beautiful place is a small garden with palm trees and amazing flowers, the kingdom of green and blossom, and it was designed as a graveyard for the rich merchants of Amalfi, but it’s nothing like any cemetery you’ve seen before.

This island of tranquility is surrounded by a majestic peristyle, supported by over a hundred columns. During your visit, make sure to keep an eye out for the ancient sarcophagi, nestled around the cloister. 

Vallone delle Ferriere

Even if you are not a big nature fan, take a short break from the famous sandy beaches of the Amalfi Coast and give the famous Vallone delle Ferriere hike a chance.

A truly remarkable way to see a different side of Amalfi, enjoy some breathtaking views, and take advantage of a few unique photo opportunities. Don’t worry, no special physical training is needed to explore the trail, it’s relatively easy and mostly descending

The path will lead you through a beautiful valley where you can see the ancient ruins of the medieval foundries, passing old water mills (once the engine, powering the world-famous paper industry of Amalfi) and majestic waterfalls. The whole hike takes about three hours, and it’s better to set off early in the morning if the day promises to be hot.

The best advice I can give you – wear your trainers and don’t forget your swimming suit, and make sure to thank me later! 

As you can see, even these three places to visit in the Amalfi Coast, a bare minimum of an Amalfi Coast tour, already make a fantastic reason to choose this sun-kissed vacation as your next holiday destination!

But you can rest assured, that there is so much more to see and do there, that you will want to come back to this unique Italian region time and time again.