Exploring the very best the Gold Coast hinterland has to offer, the full day Window to the Wilderness tour is our most popular and longest running rainforest tour.
Including ancient Gondwana rainforests, panoramic views, pristine waterfalls, unique wildlife encounters, full commentary from an experienced guide, central Gold Coast hotel pick-up and drop-off and with freshly baked morning tea and a generous BBQ lunch thrown in to boot, your itinerary is loaded with memorable experiences at every turn.
This tour truly has something for everyone – whether you’re a Gold Coast or Brisbane local or visiting from interstate or overseas, your Window to the Wilderness tour is sure to surprise and delight. So leave the hotels, theme parks and beaches behind and allow us to showcase our spectacular mountains, rainforests and hidden hinterland gems for the day!
Following a morning pickup from your central Gold Coast hotel, you’ll leave the Surfers Paradise skyline in your wake as you venture towards the Gold Coast Hinterland and Tamborine Mountain. But rather than follow the conventional roads, your tour takes the more adventurous route – a private mountainside trail comfortably traversed in our luxury Mercedes 4WD vehicle. You’ll stop for a panoramic photo opportunity overlooking the coast and continue upwards, ready to explore Tamborine Mountain.
And explore you will – first on a leisurely, fully-guided rainforest bushwalk through Tamborine National Park. Your guide will explain your subtropical surrounds, pointing out significant trees, wildlife and historical features as you descend towards picturesque Curtis Falls. Freshly baked morning tea of delicious scones with jam and cream with tea and coffee awaits your return, and then it’s off to Gallery Walk, the hub of Tamborine Mountain’s arts and crafts community, for some free time. Free local wine tasting is included.
It’s then time to descend into the beautiful Sarabah Valley to our private lunch venue, Spring Gully. Tucked away amidst 400 acres of farmland and with all the appeal of the Aussie outback, you’ll be treated to a BBQ lunch of beef, chicken, fish or a vegetarian option with crisp salad and fresh fruit, plus beer, wine and soft drinks. Cool off with a refreshing dip in a crystal clear, spring fed waterhole (yes, bringing swimmers is recommended!) and try your hand at Boomerang throwing.
But you’re not finished yet. One of Australia’s most scenic and unforgettable drives lies ahead as you climb from the valley floor to the summit of World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, part of the largest continuous, preserved stand of subtropical rainforest anywhere on earth. You’ll traverse the iconic Treetop Walk, Australia’s first canopy-level boardwalk, climb the observation tower some 25m above the forest floor for remarkable bird’s-eye views if you wish, and even feed the colourful wild parrots at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (bird seed is included).
Farewelling this enchanting area, you’ll soak in 300-degree views from the Gold Coast north to Brisbane, and westward towards the Great Divide at Kamarun Lookout, before descending through eucalypt-filled valleys back to the coast.
Your guide will provide commentary throughout your adventure, covering topics such as Gondwana, the region’s geological, indigenous and early pioneer history, and exactly what makes this World Heritage-listed area so special on a global scale. Wildlife-spotting opportunities abound all day, and native birds, reptiles, kangaroos and wallabies are frequently seen.
All this in the Gold Coast’s most comprehensive hinterland day tour, and with no more than 16 people per tour traveling in luxury Mercedes 4WD vehicles, you’re assured a personalised, memorable experience.
This tour can also be packaged on a separate day with our Half Day World Heritage tour (Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge), or our Evening Rainforest, Waterfall and Glow Worm tour (Tamborine Mountain – additional time on Gallery Walk is available if the Curtis Falls walk has already been taken).
All our vehicles carry umbrellas, insect repellent and first aid kits. Your guides have all relevant permits, training and authorisation to ensure a safe, comfortable journey. This is an all age tour. Should you require a booster seat for younger family members, we can provide them at no extra charge – just let us know in advance.
Gluten free and vegan lunch options can be catered for with advance notice. Our rainforest walks require a low to moderate degree of fitness and follow clearly marked paths and boardwalks. Enclosed shoes are recommended
We will collect you from your hotel in our luxurious 4WD Mercedes. Detailed pick up time will be given on booking.
Depart the Gold Coast and go off road up the mountain through untouched Eucalyptus forest. Look out for koalas!
Enjoy some morning tea of scones and hot drinks then explore a subtropical rainforest on your guided bush walk to Curtis Falls.
Wander Tamborine’s famous arts and crafts strip, Gallery Walk, enjoy shopping and wine tasting.
Head off to our private lunch venue and enjoy a classic aussie barbeque lunch and drink. If you fancy, have a dip in the fresh water stream and try your skills at boomerang throwing or just relax and enjoy the bliss of the private property.
Treetop canopy walk, views of Lamington National park. Hand feed wild King Parrots!
Start the drive back with sweeping views of the Coast and surrounding mountain ranges.
Free drop off at your hotel.