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The green behind the gold. That’s the spectacular rainforest that cradles the glittering coastline is packed full of real Australian wildlife and adventure. The subtropical rainforests reward those travellers keen to uncover mountain climbs, tree-top walks, hiking trails, hideaway retreats, native animals and World Heritage Listed rainforest scenery.
Rural Australia lives in the Canungra Valley, from cattle farms to wineries there is a rural patchwork of outback Australian life taking place every day. Come out for a look and a beer in a country pub or get your hands dirty on a working farm stay, either way you will leave feeling like a fair dinkum Aussie.
Lamington National Park is a natural treasure, and in 1994 its significance was officially recognised when it was listed as a World Heritage Area. The fortunate traveller will experience Australia's largest preserve of pristine sub-tropical rainforest, over 900 species of vascular plants and more than 120 bird species, a remarkable diversity of wildlife and an environment of extraordinary majesty. The region supports more frog, snake, bird and marsupial species than any other area in Australia. Birdwatchers may be lucky enough to see the endangered Albert Lyrebird or the regent and satin bowerbird.
World Heritage Listed and like exploring another world, the Springbrook plateau is a remnant of a once huge volcano that dominated the region about 23 million years ago. Experience Australia's largest preserve of pristine sub-tropical rainforest and more frog, snake, bird and marsupial species than any other area in Australia. There is a network of walking tracks throughout the region ensuring the best parts of the rainforest are accessible to those who have the spirit to explore.
At the centre Tamborine Mountain National Park is a rural community that loves its local art, local produce and local wines. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the town-on-top-of-the-mountain and explore its surrounding rainforest tracks, cascading waterfalls hang gliding points and spectacular views.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast is world renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild Rainbow Lorikeets, which come to the Sanctuary to feast daily.
The multitude of events, shows and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and even crocodile feeding of the park's massive saltwater crocodile. Also, the Sanctuary's recognized as a quality research and conservation facility.