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Tamborine National Park is situated on the hills and plateaus behind the Gold Coast. It is often dubbed 'the green behind the gold'. This protected area encompasses a number of reserves including Mount Tamborine itself, which is positioned directly west of Surfers Paradise .
There are a number of bushwalks and scenic drives that take you to spectacular lookouts, cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls. The area is heavily forested with a mixture of rainforest, eucalypt, and woodlands. Fauna is rich and varied. Bird species include Lyrebirds, Satin Bowerbirds, Lorikeets, Eastern Whipbirds, and Brush-turkeys. The area also has the unusual Platypus.