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The Panorama 6 bed­rooms; sleeps 19 | $$ From $690 per night (min­i­mum three nights) | gold­coasthin­ter­lan­dac­com­mo­da­tion.net.au

Be­yond the buzz of Surfers is the Gold Coast Hin­ter­land, with its lush moun­tains and forests, serene wa­ter­falls, ser­pen­tine roads and stately homes. Perched on a hill in the tran­quil sub­urb of Tal­lai, about a 20-minute drive south­west of the Goldie, the two-storey Panorama is set on three hectares of slop­ing grass­land – a favourite hang­out for kan­ga­roos and the odd sleepy koala. The en­trance with high ceil­ings and a pol­ished tim­ber stair­case wel­comes guests and all six bed­rooms are awash with light. But it’s the first-floor deck where The Panorama makes the most of its lo­ca­tion. The vast out­door area is sur­rounded by eu­ca­lypts and of­fers stun­ning views of the Gold Coast sky­line. Take in the spec­ta­cle at sunrise when the first rays dance across the ocean’s sur­face.


Ex­plore the ver­dant sur­round­ings on foot, with views of Hinze Dam on one side and the city on the other. Or sign up for a half-day Spring­brook Na­tional Park ex­cur­sion with South­ern Cross 4WD Tours (sc4wd.com.au) that in­cludes a guided rain­for­est walk among 3000-year-old beech trees, vis­its to cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls and Nat­u­ral Bridge (be­low), and wildlife spot­ting.


Seclu­sion is this lo­ca­tion’s strong point so don’t ex­pect cafés, bars or restau­rants nearby. In­stead, put the open-plan kitchen to use. Or take ad­van­tage of My Hol­i­day Concierge (my­hol­i­day­concierge.com.au), a lo­cal com­pany that can ar­range for a chef to pre­pare a multi-course meal in-house or de­liver break­fast, lunch and din­ner ham­pers packed with in­clu­sions such as fresh pas­tries and breads from Bisou Bak­ery and a jalapeño-in­fused cashew dip by Botan­i­cal Cui­sine.

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