Gold Coast Day Tours
to World Heritage National Parks

There's a huge choice of Gold Coast day tours to World Heritage national parks in South East Queensland, including Lamington NP, and Springbrook NP.

Lamington NP is the largest protected subtropical rainforest in Australia, and has a large number of walking trails that criss-cross this stunning area.

Walks and other ecotourism activities at Lamington NP depart from Green Mountains (near the famous O'Reilly's mountain resort), and Binna Burra.

The spectacular world heritage Springbrook NP has three sections - the popular Springbrook Plateau, the unique Natural Bridge, and the lesser known Mt Cougal section in Currumbin.

And the other main national park in the Gold Coast area is Mt Tamborine NP, which is located in a popular tourism area, with a range of other attractions nearby. Lukes Bluff at Green Mountains, Lamington National Park, Queensland TQ

So if you don't have your own motor vehicle, and choose not to organise a rental car, you don't have to miss out on the magnificent scenery and stunning rainforest walks that are 40-80 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

Many tour operators offer half day or full day tours to national parks, departing the Gold Coast daily.

You can join a tour that will give you a taste of world heritage national parks and a chance to stretch your legs on a short walk. And if you don't wish to walk, you can rest in the picnic area until your tour group returns.

Or you can join a tour that takes you on guided walks which allow you to spend several hours in the rainforest while learning more about nature.

Or, there's a combination Gold Coast day tour which combines a national park visit with other activities - such as visiting craft shops, a local farm, wine tasting, or looking around the mountain resorts of O'Reilly's or Binna Burra.


Some tour operators are accredited by the Ecotourism Association of Australia and focus on providing a unique nature experience while helping visitors to better understand and appreciate the natural environment. Rainforest Walk at Mt Tamborine National Park, Queensland TQ

These are exceptional tours which combine bush walking in world heritage rainforest with education and in some instances, contribute to environmental conservation itself.

In addition to these Gold Coast day tours, some operators offer ecotourism tours in the evening, which take you to a national park in the evening to view glowworms and spotlight nocturnal animals.


Costs vary according to the type of Gold Coast day tour to world heritage parks that you choose.

Full day mini-bus tours are generally around $40-$60 for adults, and $20-$40 for children over the age of 3-4 years.

Tours for smaller groups (including 4WD tours), will generally cost around $80-$120 per adult. One distinct advantage for small groups is that the tour operator has more flexibility and can potentially customise the day for you.

Be aware that cancellation fees may apply if you change your plans up to 24 hours before the pre-arranged tour time - check with your Gold Coast tour operator when booking.

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Cost depends on type of Gold Coast day tour chosen.
Full day mini-bus tours:
Adults: $40-$60
Kids: $20-$40

Full day 4WD tours:
Adults: $80-$120
There'll be stops through the day at cafes or restaurants with toilet facilities; or at national park picnic areas.
Lunch may be included in the cost of the tour - check with operator when booking.
Wet Weather
Tours operate during wet weather. Don’t let a bit of light rain scare you from bush walking - although ensure you have a change of clothing for when the walk is over, and take extra care of slippery rock surfaces.
Several tours combine visits to national parks with visits to other local attractions (eg. wineries), so the tour operator may juggle the visits according to the weather on the day.
Operating Hours
Daylight hours, all year round. Some operators also offer nocturnal tours.
Ranges from half to full day tours.
Handy Hints
- Read our handy hints for planning your rainforest trek.
- Refer guidelines for how you can minimise your personal impact on the environment.
How To Get There
Many operators will arrange pick-up from and drop-off to your Gold Coast accommodation; others may arrange a central collection point. Check with tour operator when booking.
Further Info
Refer tour operator table below.

4WD Mountain Trek Adventure
Tel 1800 501 879
Aries Tours
Tel 07-5594 9933
Australian Day Tours
Tel 1300 36 34 36
Auswild Adventures
Tel 0417 005 184
Backtracks with Burgess
Tel 0438 404 704
Bushwacker Ecotours
Tel 07-5525 7237
CB 4WD Tours
Tel 0410 611 589
Coachliner Holiday Service
Tel 1300 650 510
Gray Line Sightseeing Day Tours
Tel 1300 360 776
Gumnut Farm Resort
Tel 07-5543 0191
Interval Holiday Tours
Tel 07-5526 0244
Mountain Coach Company
Tel 07-5524 4249
Mountain Coach Daytripper
Tel 07-5524 4249
Mountain Tours
Tel 07-5530 2055
Mountain Trek Adventures
Tel 07-5536 1700
Never Never Safaris
Tel 07-5539 9110
On the Beach Tweed Coast Tours
Tel 07-5524 9548
Outback 4WD Tours
Tel 07-5532 2056
Scenic Hinterland Tours
Tel 07-5531 5536
See More Scenic Tours
Tel 07-3805 5588
Southern Cross 4WD Tours
Tel 1800 067 367
Terranora Coach Tours
Tel 07-5536 1700
Tours & Detours
Tel 1300 300 242
Byron Bay Adventure Co (Mount Warning)
Tel 02-6685 5830
Rockhoppers (Mount Warning)
Tel 0500 881 881

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