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Here is all you need to know if you want to get into the World Heritage Listed Rainforest region of South East Queensland. Waterfalls, Wildlife, 4WDing Wine tasting Hotel pick up and more…

Our Tamborine mountain 4wd tour will get you into the Hinterland area of the Gold Coast. Keep on reading below for a full tour description, what’s included is on the sidebar to your left.

DEPARTURE: 8 A.M. & 1 P.M.
RETURN: 12.30 & 5.30 P.M.

Tour Includes

  • 4WD ride along Hillside Tracks throughEucalyptus forests
  • Free Accommodation Pick up & Drop Off
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea included
  • Mt. Tambourine’s Gallery Walk, the Hinterland’s Arts & Crafts Markets
  • Wine Tasting included: Reds, Whites and Ports
  • Guided Rainforest Walk to a Tropical Waterfall
  • A chance to spot Koala, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Reptiles and more…
  • FREE Boomerang lessons!

Tour Description

Following the original track built by early pioneer’s to transport their produce to the Coast, the tour winds through eucalyptus Forests to enter the magnificent rainforests of Tamborine Mountain National Parks. While negotiating this seldom used track we keep a look out for koala and other native wildlife.

We have lived in the area for over 25 years and have extensive local knowledge and expertise. We will share our favourite places and you’ll learn about the Hinterlands unique flora and fauna. View waterfalls cascading into cool mountain streams.

We take a break for morning or afternoon tea and you get the chance to check out Gallery Walk on the Mountain.(Included)

Our Morning Or Afternoon tea includes Delicious fresh scones, served with jams, cream, tea and coffee our our own private venue.

Tamborine is starting to build a reputation for its wineries so this tour would not be complete without a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Reds, Whites and and ports always please.

Not into wine but enjoy beer then you can skip wine tasting and head to Mount Tamborine’s brewery to taste their extensive range of local beers (optional)

Time to stretch the legs and let us take you on a fully guided leisurely bush walk to the mountain’s only spring fed waterfall. Discovering the lush subtropical rainforests we will tell you about the forest’s unique characteristics, how the Aboriginal people gathered food from the forest floor and the animals and birds that call the area home.

And yes, boomerangs do come back. Haven’t thrown one since you were a kid, or first time to Australia, this is great fun for all ages.

The return journey to the Gold Coast provides sweeping views of the Coast and surrounding mountain ranges. We can even drop you back after the morning tour at Australia Fair, Pacific Fair, Movie World or Harbour Town on our way back into town to save you on precious holiday time!

iVenture Ticket Cost

Our tour cost is 1 ticket from your iVenture card

A $20 Supplement is payable on day of the tour for our Tamborine Tour-Outback Tracks

A $25 Supplement is payable on day of the tour for our Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour


If you are looking at upgrading to our full day tour that’s not a problem. Our Full day Tour is by far the best value for money.

Over 9 hours of touring two National parks, A BBQ Lunch at our exclusive 400 acre property, Wild Bird feeding and the Canopy Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat at Lamington National Park.

Full Tour Description

Frequently Asked Questions

We pick up from all centrally located Hotels and Apartments on the Gold Coast. If you are at a private address please let us know by dropping us an email or giving us a call. Suburbs south of Burleigh Heads including Palm Beach, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta are in our pick up area but please check with us first before booking as it depends on the tour and the day you wish to join us for the tour. If you are outside of the pick up location here are alternative pick up places accessible by public transport.

Accommodation pick up and drop off is included in your tour priceat no extra charge!

We will confirm this after your booking. Feel free to send through an email or give us a call letting us know what day you want to tour and where you’re staying and we will send back all the information you need. Generally tour pick ups start from 7:30am in the southern Gold Coast. We like to be departing the city by 8am before the morning traffic gets too busy.

By Car: If you have your own car you can drive down to MovieWorld and we will meet you there and let you know where to park. Parking is Free of Charge. The drive from Brisbane is around 35 minutes

By Train or Bus: Your best bet is to catch the train to Helensvale Train Station. As soon as you walk off the train our vehicle will be out the front. Drop us an email and let us know the day you are planning and we will send you a link to the train timetable. After the tour we can drop you back at the station or we can take you into Surfers Paradise to check out what it has to offer.

Brisbane Pick up: Available only on group tours additional charges apply


Our venues offer undercover dining and we carry big umbrellas in all our vehicles so if it does rain we can keep you covered and dry all day. We have water proofed our tour and the last thing we want is you to be uncomfortable or unhappy.

When checking weather forecast be aware that during the course of the day we travel through 3 x forecast Regions, Not just the Gold Coast Region. Being a sub-Tropical climate a forecast of a possible shower means that it might shower for ten minutes in one part of the whole Gold Coast region. When it does it can still be 28 degrees.

Due to the altitudes of the mountains and the coastal winds etc we can sometimes have 3 seasons in a day. All vehicles have access to smartphones and are aware of the weather at all times and can move the days itinerary around so we don’t miss anything and still have a great day. Rainforests would not be what they are if it didn’t rain so we may encounter the odd shower but this will not stop us doing the tour.

Our number one motto with the rain is “If it didn’t rain we would not have Rainforests”. Please be aware should we think its going to be a miserable day or unsafe to proceed we will advise the night before tour.

We have been doing these tours for a long time and we want to ensure that you enjoy the day in all weather so you can go home knowing that it was not a day wasted.

A big question we get asked all the time is, I have kids can they come ? or I’m bringing my elderly parents, is the tour suitable? Please be assured our tours are for all ages. Our tours are guided from start to finish and we are constantly looking out for everyone on tour. We cater for school groups to cruise ships, young to old and as we only travel in small groups we ensure that we customise the tour on the day to who is on board with us.

You always have the option to book a private tour and the added advantage is you can change the day as we proceed.

If your always concerned you could just book a half day tour with us but our number one tour is only a few hours longer and has so much to offer.

Southern cross has both a large 4WD vehicle and smaller 8 and 6 seat vehicles for our private tours. Sometimes we may only have a couple of other people booked and you may end up in a smaller vehicle with just another couple. Don’t be put off by being in the bigger vehicle. Our bigger vehicle goes everywhere the smaller one goes. It’s only a 16 seater and we generally have an average of 10 people so you will not be lost in the crowd.

The bigger vehicle is our 2012 Luxury Mercedes which we ordered and specified from Mercedes Germany direct. Our smaller vehicle is a tuff Nissan Patrol and our new 2012 model Land Rover Defender(even James Bond drives one)

No Problem! If we have the seats available and you’re having too much fun we can let you know the upgrade fee and you can continue on with us. The half day tour is the beginning of the full day tour so we will let you know what time in the morning you need to tell us.

Southern Cross is a family run business and we pride ourselves on our customer service from the initial booking right through to dropping you off at the end of the tour. Feel free to check out our testimonials on our website Testimonials page. We have also been the Number one Gold Coast Day Tour on Tripadvisor for over 3 1/2 years, read the reviews here! Darran, Steph and Royd look forward to meeting you soon.

The list is endless, after growing up on the Gold Coast we have still only done half of what is on offer. If you book with us, on confirmation we can send though some options and any discounts from other operators that we know offer the same standard that we do in for value for money and not wasting your precious holiday time. Please let us know at the time of booking and we can put an activities package together and save you some money along the way.

First, purchase your iVenture card.

Next, give us a call or email us with your preferred dates and Accommodation details and we will get back to you with pick up times and confirmation details,

See you soon!