Advancetown Lake, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 16066

Nerang is in the Gold Coast hinterland. Today the town is much more similar in character to that dense urban strip of coast than to the small rural centre it started out as in the mid-1800s.

Visitor Information

Cavill Walk, Surfers Paradise; (07) 5538 4419.

Nearby national parks

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

Nearby towns

  • Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s signature settlement. The first big hotel was built here in the 1930s, among little more than a...more

  • Burleigh Heads

    Burleigh Heads is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is situated between Coolangatta and the tourist mecca Surfers Paradise. It is known for its...more

  • North Tamborine

    North Tamborine is one of the towns on the Tamborine Mountain ridge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Numerous galleries, arts and crafts shops...more

In Town

Nerang Forest Reserve On the north-west fringe of Nerang is this hilly rainforest and open eucalypt reserve. An excellent way of exploring the landscape is on the 2.8 km return Casuarina Grove Track through rainforest and along the creek. Look out for the black cockatoos. The reserve is a popular spot for horseriders and cyclists (permit required).

Nerang River: this gorgeous river flows through town, providing a popular spot for picnics, boating, fishing and watersports.


Springbrook National Park This rainforest park forms part of the Scenic Rim of mountains. The Springbrook section has an information centre, from which a short walk leads to a spectacular lookout over the Gold Coast. Access is via Springbrook (39 km SW). The Natural Bridge section features a unique rock arch over Cave Creek. Take the 1 km rainforest walk to see the natural bridge where Cave Creek plunges through an eroded hole to a cavern below. There are tours to see the glow worms or a 3 km night trail through rainforest; bookings on (07) 5533 5239. Park information (07) 5533 5147; 38 km SW. Mt Cougal section: see Burleigh Heads.

Lamington National Park Part of a World Heritage area, this popular park preserves a wonderland of rainforest and volcanic ridges, crisscrossed by 160 kilometres of walking tracks. The main picnic, camping and walking areas are at Binna Burra and Green Mountains, sites of the award-winning Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Don’t miss the Tree Top Walk for an up-close look at the canopy’s flora. Access to the Green Mountains section is via Canungra; (07) 5544 0634. Binna Burra is accessed via Beechmont; (07) 5533 3584.

Carrara: nearby town offers scenic balloon flights over the Gold Coast, (07) 5578 2244, and holds weekend markets; 5 km SE.

Hinze Dam on Advancetown Lake: sailing and bass-fishing; 10 km SW.

Historic River Mill: 1910 arrowroot mill; 10 km W.

Mudgeeraba: holds the Somerset Celebration of Literature in Mar. Nearby is the Gold Coast War Museum with militia memorabilia and skirmish paintball; 12 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 52 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 16 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Rock climbing around Brisbane 64 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 65 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Westlander 65 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Grand Golf Club 4 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 7 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

The Glades Golf & Spa 10 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 13 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 14 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 57 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

Royal Queensland Golf Club 66 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 65 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Burleigh Brewing Company 15 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Mt Tamborine Brewery 15 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 28 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 66 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Main Beach Tourist Park 9 km

This large, busy tourist park – across the road from Main Beach and 2 min drive from Surfers Paradise – has 100 powered sites and an additional 24 ensuite powered sites. Facilities include a swimming pool,... Find out more

Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping 16 km

Only 30 min from the Gold Coast’s theme parks, this no-frills family site is split into 2 areas by the Coomera River. It's 4 km south of Canungra, which in turn is 27 km east of Beaudesert. Ideal for daytrips... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 16 km

Set on a prime location directly opposite Burleigh Beach, this tourist park has 73 powered sites and 16 unpowered sites. Facilities include a modern amenities block, laundry, free wireless broadband access and tour desk.... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 23 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 27 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 32 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Darlington Park camping area 33 km

Sensational for families, this well-shaded campsite has the added bonus of a cricket oval (with artificial turf pitch) and kids’ playground on a glorious 12 ha site. The kiosk is handy for basic supplies, including... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 33 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Burgess Park camping area 43 km

Much smaller than its sister site at Darlington Park, this flat and grassy 1.2 ha camping area backs onto Christmas Creek, a good spot for swimming and fishing, but the tap water needs to be treated or boiled before... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 44 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Broadwater Tourist Park 8 km

Position is everything, and this spacious council-owned park fronts the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. It has very good facilities and outstanding views across the water to Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace. There... Find out more

NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park 8 km

This is a good quality park recently acquired by the NRMA. It has a licensed family bistro and a range of great facilities including a resort-style pool, spas, tennis courts and minigolf. The park is a short stroll from... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 9 km

This is a unique park set amid the famous Gold Coast high-rise buildings. Across the road is a patrolled beach, and the fashionable Tedder Avenue restaurant strip is a short stroll away. The park is neat and well... Find out more

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park 10 km

This is a larger park adjoining the M1, almost opposite Movieworld, and very close to Dreamworld. The park has undergone a redevelopment in recent times and is the only quality dog-friendly park east of the Pacific... Find out more

Ocean Beach Tourist Park 14 km

This is one of several good quality Gold Coast City Council parks. It is smaller than many and has very good facilities. Just across the road from the beach, the access from the Gold Coast Highway is also excellent. This... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 16 km

This is one of the older council parks on the Gold Coast but it has recently been upgraded with new amenities. It is very popular with holidaymakers as it is across the road from a patrolled beach and within walking... Find out more

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park 17 km

A favourite of ours, this park fronts onto the Tallebudgera Creek and is just a short walk to the beach. It is among the Gold Coast’s best parks, centrally located with good amenities and a wide range of... Find out more

Jacobs Well Tourist Park 23 km

This is a quality Gold Coast City Council park, located in a quiet township on the protected waterways north of the Gold Coast. It is a very popular park with families and those who fish. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Kirra Beach Tourist Park 27 km

Easily accessed from the Gold Coast Highway, this is a spacious, good quality caravan park, popular with beach devotees, backpackers and international travellers. It is very close to some of the Gold Coast’s best... Find out more

Pyramid Holiday Park 28 km

This is a well-maintained, good quality park on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It will suit those chasing the winter warmth but who do not wish to be right beside the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Riviera B&B

She’s a Queenslander and he’s French, and between them Caroline and Robert Marchesi offer a very personalised and pleasant experience for guests in this restored, 100-year-old Queenslander mansion. It’s... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cottages on the Creek 26 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 27 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 29 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 66 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 51 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Yelgun rest area 59 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

What's on around town

Farmers market: Lavelle St; Sun.

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