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Top Hidden Gold Coast Destinations for Your Bucket List

Every year, thousands of tourists flock the Gold Coast’s great weather. Most visitors choose to stay where the action is – the beaten road as some might say. While every location in Gold Coast is a gem on its own, in this article we’ll line up some lesser-known (yet wonderful) locations to visit across the city.

What’s even better, these spots are rarely packed with tourists and provide a unique day out from the typical theme park experience everyone loves doing. Book a car hire in Gold Coast and go behind the wheel for some brand new, less travelled by parts of Gold Coast.

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

This area is home to more than 1200 hectares of protected wetland, salt marsh, Eucalypt forest, and mangrove swamp habitat- a perfect destination for nature lovers! An awesome spot for short walks, animal spotting, bird watching, and plant identification. You can appreciate an ecologically significant area since Lake Coombabah and its estuarine system are vital coastal wetlands as well as migratory water bird habitats for the Gold Coast. You can get here through Shelter Road in the southern access and Rain Tree Glen in the western access.

Tallebudgera Creek

This fantastic swimming spot is just right for everyone looking to swim in peace. There are secret coves around the creek as well as Burleigh headland.

Found on the eastern side of the Gold Coast Highway bridge is a cove that can be easily accessed from the headland. It offers a perfect spot for swimming, sunbaking or a picnic. It’s mostly calm enough to take a pool floaty or even do some paddle boarding. The surf is never far away for those who want to be more adventurous.

Tallebudgera Creek

Picnic Rock

Nestled in the Green Mountains of Lamington National Park. This park is awesome not only because it is located in the world heritage listed rainforests, it also has magnificent views that few can match. Masses seldom go here since it requires a short 3.5k scenic walk through the rainforest. The Picnic Rock itself provides the only seating. Drive to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and take the Border Track, which is opposite the Retreat until you see the turn off to Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock. Now walk until you arrive at the Picnic Rock.

Creek Falls and Rock Pools

This haven is discreetly tucked away behind a vanguard of natural greenery. The falls are often missed by people who head to the hinterland for day trips and main attractions. There are two main picnic areas with plenty of room as well as waterfalls that are just 10 minutes away. The waterfalls are spectacular throughout the year and the gorge scenery is mind-blowing. Get here by taking Mt. Tamborine Road, turn off onto Cedar Creek Falls Road. This ends at the parking area.

Natural Bridge

Believe me, this will be one of the highlights of your Gold Coast travel. You can find your own secret spots away from the tourist by visiting the Natural Bridge, a most unusual geological feature which is created over millions of years by water tumbling down the roof of a basalt cave. The cave is also a home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights only shine after sunset. You can go swimming, but some restrictions are in place. Take a leisurely walk track afterward and eat a wholesome picnic at the end.

There you have it! A couple of hidden Gold Coast destinations to add to your bucket list! Jot it down now and start planning your trip with your travel buddies. Have fun!

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