Once you’re back on the road, follow the signs to the Pacific Highway and Brisbane. When you’re on the Pacific Highway, once you pass Dreamworld take the left hand exit to Mount Tamborine. This leads past an area of acreage properties and then up the mountain to Tamborine Village. You can grab a coffee and stroll around the village.
If you’d like a short walk through rainforest, head over to North Tamborine and you’ll see signs pointing to various bushwalks and national park areas. After you’ve stretched your legs, drive to Eagle Heights and back down the mountain to Nerang.
Once you get to the top, head into Springbrook Village where there are plenty of lookouts and small shops to browse. After you’ve spent some time taking in the local sights, head back the way you came. Go through the section where the road splits in two and then take the next left. After another five or 10 minutes of curves you’ll end up at a T-intersection — turn left and head towards Numinbah Valley and Natural Arch. Grab some lunch at one of the tea houses scattered through the beautiful Numinbah Valley.
After lunch head south through the valley and take the right hand turn to Natural Arch. There’s a short bushwalk here to the arch itself, but it’s well worth the exercise.
Drive back to the road that goes through the valley, turn left and follow the signs to Murwillumbah. You’ll cross the NSW-Queensland border at a mountain pass about five or 10 minutes down the road. Take a few minutes to enjoy the fantastic view.
Stay on the road all the way to Murwillumbah and enjoy some fabulous scenery. The road begins in temperate rainforest and heads down through farmland, quaint valleys and cute towns before flattening out in the sugarcane fields. Follow the signs to the centre of Murwillumbah itself and choose a suitable spot for refreshments.
If you still have time on your hands and feel like another exhilarating drive, head back out the way you came into Murwillumbah, go across the bridge to where you would have turned right after coming through from Numinbah Valley and drive straight ahead, following the signs to Currumbin. The road continues through cane fields for about 10 minutes and then heads back up and over the mountains on the border, through banana plantations and rainforest.
There are some fantastic views across the Tweed Valley all the way to Mount Warning. Keep following the winding road for about 15 to 25 minutes until you get to Currumbin Creek Road. Turn right and follow the creek all the way back to the traffic lights at the Pacific Highway, turn right and follow the signs to the airport and Coolangatta.
You can stop and stretch your legs, grab a snack or drink and enjoy the fresh, ocean air. Head north along the coastal highway back to Surfers Paradise. Along the way you’ll pass some of the most famous surf breaks in the world, including Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks, Greenmount and Duranbah, while driving through famous beachside suburbs like Currumbin, Burleigh, Miami and Broadbeach.
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