Kangaroos & Koalas

Kangaroos & Mountain Views Morning Tour


Kangaroos & Mountain Views Morning Tour

Explore Tamborine National Park, the crown jewel of the Gold Coast Hinterland, and immerse yourself in its charming mountaintop community. Begin your adventure with a serene walk through Coombabah Lake Conservation Park, where you can encounter kangaroos lounging in their natural habitat, effortlessly striking poses for your camera. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive koalas, a delightful and common sight.

Continue your journey to Mount Tamborine for a delightful morning tea featuring delicious oven-fresh scones topped with jam and cream, accompanied by a selection of fine teas and coffees. Indulge in some shopping along Gallery Walk, the celebrated heart of Tamborine Mountain’s art and craft scene, showcasing exquisite, locally crafted goods. The region is gaining acclaim for its boutique wineries—take this opportunity to savour a glass of the local red, white, or fortified wine, perhaps selecting a bottle to cherish at home. If you prefer hops and barley, the local brewery offers a tasting flight of their craft beers (at your own expense).

Our seasoned guides, experts of the area, will lead you through the Gold Coast Hinterland’s rich tapestry of ecosystems, sharing their favourite spots and the secrets of the region’s diverse plant and animal life.

The mountaintop views are unforgettable, offering a unique perspective of the Gold Coast skyline. Get your camera ready for the perfect Instagram shot at this picturesque location.


Coombabah Conservation Park & Tamborine Mountain

Departue Time:

Your adventure begins at 8:30 am every day


5 hours

Walking Grade :

Grade 2

No walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

More information about the walking grades


Morning tea and scones Mt Tamborine cafe, Conservation Park fees, Expert tour guide: In vehicle and guided walk commentary, A small group experience, Pick up/drop off at selected locations

Please note: No luggage/pram/stroller storage on the bus

Important Info:

Before setting out on your adventure, please visit our Know Before You Go page for important preparation tips. Also, review our Terms and Conditions to ensure you’re familiar with the guidelines that will help make your tour enjoyable and safe.

Coombabah Lake Conservation Park

A dynamic scene of a group of kangaroos running towards the forest in Coombabah Conservation Park, showcasing their natural habitat and movement

Coombabah Lake Conservation Park, nestled within the Gold Coast Hinterland, is a sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquility that offers a unique window into Australia’s diverse ecosystems. This expansive park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, providing a habitat for a rich variety of plant and animal life, including kangaroos, koalas, and an array of bird species.

The park’s landscapes are varied, featuring wetlands, eucalypt forests, and mangrove habitats, each supporting its own unique community of flora and fauna. Walking trails wind through these serene environments, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and observe wildlife in their natural habitats. The tranquility of the area makes it an ideal spot for birdwatching, photography, or simply enjoying a peaceful walk amidst nature.

One of the park’s highlights is the opportunity to see kangaroos lounging in their natural environment and koalas nestled in the crooks of eucalyptus trees, offering unforgettable encounters with Australia’s iconic wildlife. These sightings are especially delightful in the early mornings or late afternoons when the animals are most active.

Coombabah Lake Conservation Park also plays a crucial role in environmental conservation, offering a protected area for research, education, and the preservation of local ecosystems. It’s a place where visitors can not only enjoy the wonders of nature but also learn about the importance of protecting these environments for future generations.

Mount Tamborine

22 million years ago the Mount Warning volcano erupted creating the green cauldron of the scenic rim. On the northern edge of the volcanic caldera, Tamborine Mountain was formed. Only a short 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine is the perfect destination to start your journey exploring the green behind the gold. Highlights of the mountain include:

Tamborine Village

On the top of Tamborine Mountain you will find the locality of Tamborine. Part of the Scenic Rim, Tamborine village is home to approx 4000 residents who enjoy living the treechange lifestyle. Mt Tamborine is home to a variety of boutique accommodation including cabins, bed and breakfast, and local lodges all offering a hinterland escape and the country hospitality the mountain is famous for. Many of the locals own and operate their own businesses. A Mt Tamborine tour through the area will take you past restaurants and cafes, boutique distilleries, brewery and vineyards, artist studios,  cheese factory and even an organic skincare producer.

Gallery Walk

Lively scene at Gallery Walk, Mt Tamborine, with crowds wandering among A-frame store signs, parked vehicles, and lush trees lining the footpath
Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk, on Long Road is where you will find over 60 stores offering a range of products, many of which are produced locally on the mountain. Stroll along and visit the artisan fudge and candy stores, locally made gifts and homewares, various fashion and clothing boutiques and crystal and jewellery manufacturers. You won’t go hungry or thirsty as the walk is abundant with laid back cafes and food outlets. There is something for everyone on the walk and it is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two.

Stay Safe in the National Park

Whilst you are undertaking walking trails and enjoying the Coombabah Lake Conservation Park remember to do so safely:

  • Stay together and keep to the walking tracks.
  • Always keep your children with sight.
  • Take care near cliff edges. Keep your distance and stay behind any barriers, especially when taking photos. 
  • Wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes with good grip.
  • Walk with a local guide or experienced bushwalker. This is a good way to gain experience.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.


Experience 90%
Transport 80%
Food 75%
Value for money 85%
Bowie You
Bowie You
April- 2024
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What a unique and informative experience. Amber is so fun and full of passion about the forrest and the creatures there!
htoohtoo Ag
htoohtoo Ag
April - 2024
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Fantastic group tour experience - seamless organization, knowledgeable guides, and unforgettable destinations!" Thanks Mark ☺️☺️
Derin Drayne
Derin Drayne
April - 2024
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We had a wonderful experience with Southern Cross Tours! Daniel was very knowledgable and great with our kids. Would definitely book again!

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