Tour the Gold Coast Hinterland & Visit The Outpost Cafe at Canungra
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Explore Canungra - the gateway to the Hinterland

At the eastern edge of the Scenic Rim, nestled at the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland, lies a small community rich in history, culture and adventure; Canungra.

Canungra is referred to as the gateway to the hinterland as it sits on the outer eastern edge of the Scenic Rim and with a population of over 2,500, the township has retained its old world charm.

Nevertheless there is lots to see and do in the area and we have listed just a few that have topped our visitors 'must see' lists.

So bring some friends, your partner, treat the family; escape to Canungra and be sure to relax at The Outpost Cafe and indulge in a famous pie!

Laheys Tramway Tunnel
Settled in the 1880's, Canungra became the home for the Lahey family who immigrated from Ireland and built the Lahey Bros Sawmill in 1884. The Sawmill supplied cedar, beech and pine and soon became the largest softwood mill in Queensland. For years the huge logs were transported by teams of bullocks which proved a slow and expensive operation.

In 1900, plans were made to construct a tramway and haul logs on a 100m long special locomotive imported from America. To avoid a lengthy and expensive detour around the Darlington Range, a tunnel was cut through the solid sandstone ridge just behind the mill. Construction of the 91m long tunnel finished in 1901.

After 32 years and approximately 3.68 million cubic meters of timber, the tramway had been completely dismantled. However, it was officially re-opened for pedestrian use under the Centenary of Federation project in 2001 and is a key place of interest for visitors.

Canungra Creek
Canungra Creek has been a favourite spot for locals and visitors for many years. Home to many species of bird including the Regent Bowerbird, the Canungra and hinterland are prime locations for bird watching. The creek itself is also home to platypus, so if you are lucky you may just spot one.

Canungra Creek is in the Lamington National Park which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, internationally recognised ecologically as well as for its beauty.

There are many walking tracks, waterfalls, camping grounds and picnic spots along the creek, why not grab a pie or lunch to go from The Outpost Cafe and enjoy the day in the forest.

Canungra Vineyards & Wine Tasting
The entire Scenic Rim region is home to many top quality vineyards.

Canungra Valley itself has three boutique wineries offering tasting, meals, tours, weddings and functions.

These wineries are located within a 15km drive from the Canungra township and have regular events with music and entertainment.

Arrange a picnic, plan a wedding or just take the day to explore these fantastic wineries and all they have to offer.

Local Art Galleries & Village Markets
The Canungra Village Markets are held on the last Saturday of each month from 8am - 1pm at the Canungra State School. Stall holders come from the far edges of the region to display their local arts, crafts, wares and local produce.

Canungra is home to many local artists and sculptors, but it is not just painting and pottery. The artists extensive repertoire includes ceramics, jewellery, textile art, fibre art, glass art, mouth artistry, poetry, print making, photography, works on paper and bookbinding to name a few.

The local art studios are within a 10km drive of the Canungra town centre and artists hold regular exhibitions, workshops, commissions, open days and there are many art festivals held throughout the year.

Outdoor Adventure
If bird watching, scenic walks or art galleries are really not your scene, how about:

  • Kokoda Barracks Military Museum of Australian Army Intelligence
  • Go Hang Gliding with the Canungra Hang Gliding Club
  • A Tree Top Walk, over look the rainforest canopy at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
  • Visit the alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm
  • Hot Air Ballooning over the Hinterland
  • Horse Riding, Shooting or Farm Stays at Gumnuts Farm & Horse Riding Resort
  • Hire a Motorcycle and cruise the winding Hinterland roads