Binna Burra Sky Lodge

Budget to Ballin’: Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation for all budgets

If you’ve conquered the Green Lantern Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World and surfed Snapper Rocks until you can’t raise your arms any more it’s time to turn your attention to the belt of green behind the skyscrapers.

Whether it’s to rest the aching body or reduce the adrenaline levels, the hinterland offers blissed-out vistas, epic sunsets and fantastic farm-fresh food in as little as 30 minutes drive from the sand.

No matter your budget, this list of budget to ballin’ Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation will have you headed to the hills when you need nothing more than a good dose of green t(r)ee.


Keeping costs low so you can go, go, go? These budget accommodation options still offer plenty of bang for your buck.

The Odd Gecko

The Odd Gecko Gold Coast hinterland accommodationPull up, unpack and unwind in on of the five rooms at The Odd Gecko, a cosy BnB. You’ll find plenty of country charm with polished timber floors and French doors leading out onto a deck where the calls of kookaburras fill the air.  

Plop yourself in the pool and spa to relax the afternoon away and when you’re feeling peckish, the Canungra township and a gold old fashioned RSL is a mere five-minutes walk away. While there’s no hot breakfast, the local muesli mix and in-room tea and coffee facilities will fuel you up to start the day.

Mt Tamborine Motel

Mt Tamborine Motel | Gold Coast hinterland accommodationMt Tamborine Motel offers basic accommodation with million-dollar views. The stunning scenery stretching from the Guanaba Gorge all the way to the curve of the coastline is a sight for computer-weary eyes.

Being in the heart of Mount Tamborine village you’re on the starting blocks for exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland walking trails. So while the 24 rooms come with free WiFi it’s best to banish your phone to the naughty corner and head on out to explore. The delights of Mt Tamborine, including the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, are within walking distance.

Aaronlee Retreat

If you and bacon are in a committed weekend relationship then book into Aaronlee Retreat where self-cook breakfast packs overflowing with bacon and eggs are included in the room rate.

Book the one-bedroom suite offering a generous 60sqm otherwise the three-bedroom cottage will cater to all your friends with serious FOMO and separation issues. All the rooms within the weatherboard federation style homestead have kitchenettes, perfect for cooking up the farm-fresh produce you picked and plucked on the Scenic Rim food trail.

Wander the manicured grounds while soaking in the view to the coast or pull up for the afternoon at one of the permanent barbeques all set within the 10 acres of landscaped surrounds.


If you’re out to impress on your first romantic weekend away or the sheet thread count is worth every penny in your eyes, consider these ballin’ options.

Nightfall Camp

Nightfall Wilderness Camp | Gold Coast hinterland accommodationSure babe, I love camping! How those simple words have slipped innocently from your lips and now you’re faced with a weekend away on a deflating air mattress and wearing thongs in the communal cold water shower.  

Well hold up your side of the deal but skip the bad bits of camping and book a weekend away at Nightfall Camp. It’s a serious weekend retreat to get away from it all located deep within Lamington National Park.

Set on the banks of Christmas Creek the architect-designed glamping tents are luxury redefined and with a maximum of six guests, you’re assured privacy and peace. Carved stone basins, wire-brushed hardwood floors and tin soaking troughs complete the luxe experience.

After a bushwalk come back to a truly unique open fire cooked meal, all expertly prepared and cooked on the coals by your hosts Heidi and Steve.

Binna Burra Sky Lodge

Binna Burra Sky Lodge Gold Coast hinterland accommodationAt Binna Burra Lodge the tradition of a mountain retreat established in the 1930’s meets modern-day tastes across a range of accommodation options, with everything from a patch of ground to their Sky Lodges. Best of all it’s only 60 minutes drive from the Gold Coast.

The architecturally-designed lodges sit nestled on the precipice with sweeping views out over the Numinbah and Coomera valleys. Featuring gas fireplaces, the one-bedroom apartments offer fully self-contained kitchens and even the spa comes with a view.

Take yourself over the edge and literally into the views with a 90m abseil or take up a spot of archery. If your modus operandi is more sit and sip, tackle the short path to the main lodge for the afternoon communal cheese platter.

If you’re planning a group holiday the Sky Lodges offer a combination of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Opt for a self-cook barbecue pack or once the bell rings join other guests in the Clifftop Dining Room.

Ruffles Lodge

Ruffles | Gold Coast hinterland accommodation

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A getaway to Ruffles Lodge and Spa is like flying first class up in the sky: fine food, luxurious rooms and views for days. The best part is you don’t need a passport or painful security line wait times to get there. It’s just 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise but far enough away to leave any cares behind.

Choose from a range of exclusive villas that are all interconnected to the main lodge. Try the Treehouse villa for a secluded break with private plunge pool or opt for the Garden Villa if you just want views to die for.

Sit and soak in the main pool that curves gently along the ridge and as the sun goes down the lights will begin to twinkle on the horizon. Complete your bliss out with a hot stone massage or youth elixir facial at the spa.

You don’t have to go far for great food either. Tantalise your taste-buds at VUE175 restaurant with crispy lamb backstrap or green pea and truffle risotto with the fireplace keeping things toasty in the background.

Ready for a Gold Coast Hinterland getaway? Which one would you choose?