FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
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From the Gold Coast, Mountain Coach Company buses pick passengers up from the major bus depots, most of the major hotels, and from Gold Coast Airport for O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland (A$84 round-trip day tour or individual transfer, departing at 8 am. Includes morning tea and wine tasting).
Australian Day Tours/JPT picks up passengers from Gold Coast hotels and The Brisbane Transit Centre daily at 8:45 am, and travels via Tamborine Mountain to the Hinterland. Day tours stop at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, returning to the Gold Coast at 5:30, Brisbane at 6 pm. The cost—A$102 round-trip—is for a full-day tour, but Retreat guests can use it for transfers. Two-day Hinterland tours, with accommodation, dinner, and breakfast at O'Reilly's included, start at A$399. The company also runs nightly tours and guided night walks through local Hinterland caves which, when the sun is down, light up spectacularly with populations of glowworms. Departing from the Gold Coast at 5:30 pm, the tours run for four hours forA$99, with the option to include dinner.
Hinterland accommodations, including O'Reilly's, Binna Burra Mountain Retreat, and Spicers Peak Lodge, shuttle guests to and from the coast. Various smaller coach tour companies, including winery tour operator Cork ʼn Fork, also visit Hinterland destinations.