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Published April 20th 2016
Meet our fine feathered friends
Most people associate the Gold Coast with magnificent beaches, exciting nightlife, great restaurants and tourism. But there is another side the Gold Coast.
Known by locals as "The Green Above the Gold", the hinterland offers a quieter, more relaxed experience of the Gold Coast. If getting back to nature is your cup of tea, then a trip to the hinterland might be just what the doctor ordered.
Apart from stunning scenery, majestic rainforests, and glorious waterfalls, the Gold Coast hinterland offers a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with some exotic birdlife.
Being used to having many a weekend visitor, the feathered inhabitants of the hinterland are not as shy as you might think. Many will even hand feed if you are patient and offering something tasty to tempt our colourful friends.
From cheeky little rainbow lorikeets, who are very friendly and often rule the roost over large birds, to the magnificent red and green King Parrot, who are also extremely friendly. One my own personal favourite's the slightly more shy Satin Bowerbird, who are yellow and green when they are younger, or female, but then turn a deep shade of navy blue upon turning 7 years old.
Yellow Eastern Robin
There is an array of honeyeaters and wrens in a variety of colours. The campgrounds at Springbrook offers a wonderful place to spot the smaller birds, as they too have become familiar with human visitors to the area. But any walk through the rainforest could result in an encounter with any number of tiny birds, and their song is bound to accompany you on your hike.
So from Springbrook, to Tamborine Mountain, Binna Burra and O'Reilly's lookout, there is so much more to our Gold Coast for you to enjoy, and whilst nature abounds, none more so than our fine feathered friends, who are more than happy to share their weekends with some human companions.