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Canungra, Queensland
  • Animal feeding on an Albert River Wines tour
  • Serenity and views at Wallaby Ridge Retreat
  • Lamington National Park, QLD
In a tranquil valley in the Gold Coast hinterland is a rural gem. The pretty country town of Canungra has the feel of yesteryear with the amenities of today. Plenty of old-fashioned hospitality awaits in this delightful destination, where you can choose to kick back your feet and soak in the atmosphere, or float over the region in a hot air balloon or hang glider.
When people move here, they tend to stay. Many descendents of the original pioneers live in the area, although industry has changed somewhat. The town started with timber as its primary industry, but by the 1940s that era came to an end when the mills closed. Instead of departing the area, many chose to try their hand at dairy farming, beef cattle, and eventually – vineyards. Today, Canungra boasts a variety of delicious wines, including the memorably named Platypus wines by O’Reilly’s.  Remnants of yesteryear remain, with the famous Tramway Tunnel continuing to show Australians that even a sandstone hill can’t block the path to prosperity.
Things to do:
Bushwalking: Nearby Lamington National Park is a World Heritage Listed treasure well worth exploring with a picnic and a camera. You’ll find plenty of wildlife and birds in the area, including owls, from which the town of Canungra derives its name. There is an excellent tree top walk in the green mountains, and sparkling waterfalls to photograph. 
Aerial fantasies: See the world from a different perspective! Hot air ballooning offers the thrill of flight with the calmness of floating along in a breeze (well, until they fire the burners, at which point you’ll be happiest if you’re wearing a hat!) If the idea of leaping off a cliff sounds appealing, hang gliding or paragliding are popular ways to explore from the air. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground but long for an aerial experience, Canungra is also home to many model aircraft enthusiasts.
Horse riding: The pioneers rode horses; we can too when we visit this historic town. Saddle up and explore!
Boutiques and galleries: Like most rural towns in Australia, there are plenty of shops and galleries in the region where you may find a special treasure or two to forever remind you of your trip. 
Wine tour: Visiting a new area can result in new favourites – especially when it comes to wine. Consider trying a tour. The company Cork’n Fork offers half-day and full-day wine tours, allowing you to indulge without worrying about getting back to your accommodation. Lunch, a glowworm tour, cheese platter, and of course, wine tasting can be included in this fun day out.
When to go:
Go any time! This part of Queensland boasts beautiful weather year-round. 
How to get there:
It will take you less than an hour to drive to Canungra from Brisbane or the Gold Coast and it is a short drive from Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park. If you are coming from further afield, flights from around Australia arrive in Brisbane daily, and you can easily rent a car to enjoy a break in rural Queensland.
The Wallaby Ridge Retreat is a delightful boutique guesthouse and bed and breakfast offering three self-contained suites overlooking a private vineyard. Here, hosts Robyn and John offer delicious home-baked breakfasts, cosy beds, and a chance to see sunset with wallabies bounding nearby. Check out their guest reviews on TakeABreak.com.au and you’ll read the tales of countless contented guests.  Other Canungra accommodation options include delightful farm stays, bed and breakfasts, and cottages.
Ideal length of visit:
Consider having a short stay during a trip around the Gold Coast and hinterland region. Alternatively, for those living in Queensland wanting to get away from the city and back to serenity, it can make a truly rejuvenating week or a romantic weekend.
Further information
When you first arrive, pay a visit to the Canungra shops on Kidston Street. Here you’ll find staff ready to offer touring advice as well as share some historic tales at the Canungra Visitor Information Centre.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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