By Lauren Reid
Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
There’s more to the Gold Coast than meter maids and the glitz of Surfers Paradise.
The likes of Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet‘n’Wild have kept families coming to the Gold Coast for decades – so much so that they’re part of its DNA. The same can be said about Surfers Paradise with its larger-than-life personalities, bright lights and meter maids.
But no longer does a trip to the Goldy always have to mean testing your stomach on theme park rides and devouring fairground food.
Next time you’re in town, take a little detour, and discover a different side to one of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations.
Back to nature
Waterfalls by day, glow worms by night
Springbrook National Park – located in the Gold Coast hinterland – is home to Australia’s largest colony of glow worms. On a guided nocturnal tour, you’ll see thousands of them lighting up the caves with a blue-green glimmer, while hearing about the important cultural connections and practices of the Indigenous land owners.
You’ll find more than 100 species of birds and 75 species of mammals throughout the World Heritage-listed park, making it a special spot to visit at any time. By day, hike the Twin Falls Circuit and take in the park’s stunning scenery.