Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Goldie Proves Real Treasure Hinterland Weaves Its Magic Spell; Miranda Cashin Delights in Surprise Discoveries on Gold Coast and Scenic Rim

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Goldie Proves Real Treasure Hinterland Weaves Its Magic Spell; Miranda Cashin Delights in Surprise Discoveries on Gold Coast and Scenic Rim

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GROWING up in Sydney, I envisaged the Gold Coast as a glitzy, neon-lit town filled with clubs, pretentious people and blonde bimbos.

I pictured it as the Las Vegas of Queensland, the Kuta of Australia.

But I couldn't have been more wrong.

After my recent sojourn to the Gold Coast, this stereotype has been put to bed.

While a small element of that does exist, the Gold Coast has so much more to offer a from beautiful beaches to quality dining at both ends of the price spectrum, to animal encounters, rainforest walks and country getaways.

After a few days enjoying the activities the Gold Coast is most famous for a surfing lesson, dolphin encounters, staying at the beautiful Hilton at Surfers Paradise, eating at the PalazzoVersace and shopping up a storm a the lesser-known side of the tourist strip awaited. Only about a 45-minute drive west from Surfers Paradise is Mount Tamborine a the Gold Coast's most northerly plateau.

As we wind up the mountain and drive past lush bushland, this is a completely different world.

Here, our group meets Cody, from Bunyip Bike Tours.

The tours take in tropical rainforests, showcase breathtaking waterfalls and finish at one of the local vineyards.

With tired legs, we head to the Witches Chase Artisan Cheese Factory and home of the MT Brewery for a cheese and beer tasting.

All the cheese is made on site and there is a huge range of cheesy choices from hard cheeses to soft cheese and everything in between.

Nestled in the lush rainforest of the mountain is Songbirds, a string of secluded cabins with a Balinese feel.

The restaurant, Songbirds in the Forest, has won a string of awards and is our lunch destination.

Not surprising, given the awards the restaurant has won, the food is exquisite and the meals presented with a creative and artistic flair.

But it was that night that I tasted the best crA[umlaut]me brulee of my life at the Liquid Amber Bistro and Grill at the Witches Chase Cheese Company. It was the kind of dessert you never want to end and as you take that last mouthful, you wish time would stand still.

Not far from the Gold Coast hinterland is the Scenic Rim, which is an arc of spectacular mountains stretching from south of Beaudesert around to the area south-west of Ipswich. …

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