How to get to the Gold Coast Hinterland
When you think about the Gold Coast Hinterland, most people think about Mount Tamborine, Springbrook National Park , Lamington National Park and the Natural Arch etc. However if you live or are holidaying on the Southern end of the Gold Coast you have Springbrook National Park Mt Cougal Section, just behind Palm Beach – Currumbin.
After viewing Arthur Freeman Lookout on Tomewin Mountain Road, your next port of call should be Mt Cougal National Park, after all you have just seen Mt Tallebudgera escarpment, now it’s time to go to the source. The road trip along this stretch is very scenic, you quickly sense the essence of the place, from the sprawling tree lined luxury properties to the remnants of dwellings years long gone. If taking photos is your thing you may have to restrain yourself, there are numerous spots were you are compelled to stop and start snapping. The mountain backdrop gives it a more tropical than subtropical feel and sections remind me of the road to Cape Tribulation in far North Queensland.
Take care driving
Be careful driving along Currumbin Creek Road, the speed varies from 60 -80 kilometres some sections much lower. You could encounter slow traffic which usually isn’t a problem with a tourist drive; however locals familiar with the road tend to come up behind you quickly.
Continue travelling along Currumbin Creek Road passed Currumbin Rock Pool until you come to the turn off for Mt Cougal National Park.
The road narrows significantly here so take care. There are a few parking spaces but during peak times I have no doubt that this parking area could fill up fast, my advice, be early! (Weekdays or Saturday mornings are probably best).
This walking trail is sealed and wide, suitable for pushing a wheel chair or stroller. Watch careful with young children and don’t let them run ahead.
There are gullies and viewing platforms with steep stair ways. A number of tables before the start of the walking track may signal for some the need to have a bite to eat, remember to take your rubbish with you. This is a National Park so no feeding the wildlife.
Read more about this location and how to get there, a must scenic Gold Coast drive for holiday makers and Gold Coast local.