8.1 out of 10

Beechmont

Ranked 43rd best suburb in Gold Coast
-28.1276681589124 153.186450729365
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
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  • Professionals
  • Retirees
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 01, 2020

"A beautiful place to raise a family!"

We lived here for awhile before we had to leave for a period of time but we have missed it so much we have moved back!! It is truly a beautiful, peaceful place where you can actually afford a character home on land. It really entices the kids to go outside and play, get grubby and explore! All the wildlife on your door step, a wonderful school and play group that is on every week. We have now lived in 3 houses on the mountain and each time our neighbours have been so lovely. Initially when I very first lived here it took me a while to adjust as it was so quiet and I barely saw the neighbours (living on acreage) that I felt quite isolated. But once I got to know my neighbours and started attending local playgroup I soon felt a wonderful sense of connectedness to this beautiful community. Something that I really missed when living off the mountain. The only thing I would love to change would be adding a small food shop and petrol station for convenience. A bus that goes down the Canungra side of mountain (servicing the kids that fall under the tambourine mtn high catchment area) and a ban of all reckless weekend joy riders!! Otherwise I feel like I have given my kids a dream childhood one I am sure they will look back with great fondness.
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1/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Feb 01, 2020

"Wannabe, but will never be, an Idyllic community"

View wise, great, but lacks, and will always lack, a community centre with any heart, as, apart from the primary school, which while good, always struggles to maintain its role, and therefore its funding, the sense of community is just a veneer.
Essentially there are two major camps - those that see it as being in their interests to grow the community by making decisions that would entice more to the mountain, and those that want the complete opposite - they like the isolation, and the lack of facilities, as it means that they won’t be ‘overrun’ by newcomers, they will thereby retain their position as influencers in the community that is.
Unfortunately, to add to this dichotomy, there are also those that just don’t like change of any sort, and seek their own ‘power’ by ‘white anting’ anyone that they see as ‘getting ahead’. They are not averse to using the authorities as unwitting tools by laying multiple complaints against those that they see as trying to move ahead (tall poppy syndrome on steroids).
All in all, this has lead to festering undercurrents in the community over many years, and woe begins anyone appearing to upset the balance.
In a larger community, it might have been possible to progress beyond the negative effects of self interested sectorisation, but in a population as small as Beechmont & Lower Beechmont combined, this has not been possible, and is not likely to be possible in the foreseeable future, as those wanting to find and help mould an ‘ideal’ community are quickly made aware that their views are not appreciated (by one of the groups previously mentioned should they feel that the balance may be tipped against them).
It’s the classic case, that should you be thinking of moving to this community, be very aware of understanding that it, and it’s issues, should be understood for what they are, not for what you would like them to be.
That aside, the issues with the isolation, problems with the only significant road (stretching across the Mt from Nerang, to Canungra) have been well ventilated here, so I won’t go into them in any great detail again, other than to mention that some will see that isolation as being a way of trying to keep the unwanted world at bay, while others will see it as being part of the challenge to growing a more inclusive and sustainable community.
Those that buy into the area tend to stay some time (for simple reason that it is so hard to sell again (average sale times are in months rather than weeks, and can extend to years)); renters tend to come, and go, just as quickly, once they get tired of the commute up the mountain, particularly when during the rainy season, one of the regular land slips occurs on the Lower Beechmont/Advancetown stretch down to Nerang, or their children grow to high school going age, (as Nerang is the closest public funded senior school)
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and I fully expect this comment to incur the wrath of those that want you to believe that this is the best community in the country, so all I ask, is that you consider all comments in their own context, discount those that rely on personal attacks, and most importantly look at any move on the basis of what is, not what you would like it to be.
1/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Jan 23, 2020

"Dangerous road with noisy motorbike gangs and small minded community"

Beechmont is a rural area with only one road which accesses the area. Constantly this road has landslips because it is very steep in parts and the rainfall can be torrential at times. Long waiting times for traffic up and down the mountain when it is being constantly repaired. Also noisy motorbike gangs ride in groups early morning over weekends which destroys the peace and quiet of the area.
There are a group of people who report their neighbours constantly to the city council. Unfortunately this has happened to many people so the area is not good for owners, investors or renters. Also value of land and housing doesn’t increase much. Renters don’t stay here for long because of the lack of shops, bus service, tradespeople and no nearby high school. The 3 cafes on the mountain close very early and the road is too difficult to traverse at night so most people stay at home in the evenings.
There is one real estate agency and many renters and sellers complain about their service. Houses are often priced too high and remain on the market for months, even years. Sellers eventually get so desperate that they sell below the rate they bought their property for given the many improvements made. Be warned that there is no town water connected so most people have to spend money to buy extra rain water tanks. Also no sewage connected so costly septic tanks which need to be cleaned out sometimes or replaced which can cost tens of thousands.
Also the army has large tracts of land which you can sometimes hear shots being fired.
The only primary school although good, struggles with its rolls so there is always the threat that it will close down one day. There is no high school on the mountain. A school bus travels to Nerang high school.
Being a small community, people can be very judgemental and small minded. Try to invest in the area and start a successful business. Before long you too may be reported to the local council as some past and present businesses have found.
So while Beechmont appears very beautiful, it has so many challenges that people need to be warned about.
Good luck!
suem34
suem34 Terrible fires burning large areas of Beechmont and some houses lost as well as the historic Binna Burra lodge. The fires still continue a week later!
Sep 15, 2019
MarkO1
MarkO1 Suem34 I would love to know what set off your scathing attack of Beechmont and Lower Beechmont. I'm not from the area but am looking for a country escape but still within stricking distance of services and at an affordable price. All of the reviews are 5 stars apart from yours and you appear to have an axe to grind against someone or something. I realise the 5 stars may be a bit wax lyrical but your 1 star and comments are polar opposite to everyone else. Do you, or have you, lived in this area and are you, or have you, moved on to pastures new? If so, is it any better? I am genuinely curious and interested to know.
Sep 19, 2019
suem34
suem34 Speaking the truth is hardly a scathing attack and I have lived in the area for over a decade. Most people are too scared to speak the truth as it is a small community. Do take a drive along Beechmont Road and see for yourself!
Sep 19, 2019
harryl10
harryl10 The roads are awesome to drive (unless you don't know how to drive properly) and there are two ways up the mountain, I mostly travel the back way down the mountain as it only takes me 12 minutes to get to the main road and head towards oxenford. Sounds like someone pissed you off as your picture you have painted of the area is definitely blinded by hate. It's the most beautiful place in the hinterland. Rain water and septic tanks are nothing new, many suburbs use them not just Beechmont. For us it was great value for money and wouldn't trade our peaceful lifestyle for anything else.
Jan 23, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 Oh and the fires were pretty far from us, we live in an area that was ex dairy farm land so not alot of bush like the sides of the mountain which were affected, just rolling hills and endless views.
Jan 23, 2020
suem34
suem34 I will not be making personal comments as you have done. My review is not just for estate agents who are trying to get people to buy a property or the gardeners who love the volcanic soil. Rather I write to include all aspects of living in Beechmont in an unbiased way. A week ago the power lines were down due to flooding on Beechmont Road and often there are motorcycle and car accidents due to its precarious nature.
Jan 24, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 Your comments do not reflect the views of people that live there. You are talking as if Beechmont rd was the only road affected during the big storms and rain last week.... Pretty sure the whole gold coast was affected (even the M1 was shut) and again you do know there is another way up the mountain which is down the back towards the army barracks (that's the road we use every day). In the time we have lived there we have never heard noises from the barracks. We haven't paid for water for nearly 3 years as we get plenty of rain here. Property prices have gone up 18.75%
in the last year and there is a zero rental vacancy at the moment so seems as though Beechmont is doing pretty well. You can check for yourself.
Jan 25, 2020
suem34
suem34 My views are not linked to any real estate agents and are the views that many residents are too scared to say in case they will be shot down. Diversity is not well tolerated in this community. Renters (and buyers) are attracted to the prices of homes but there is a high turnover of renters leaving after a short time when they find out all the problems mentioned above. Unfortunately too many homeowners are stuck on the mountain because they cant sell their properties. There is very little infrastructure and residents have to travel a fair distance to shops or to a high school. Beechmont Road is one road (not two roads) and the only way up or down. Insurance premiums are higher because of the postcode.
Jan 25, 2020
suem34
suem34 Just checked the figures on Domain. Beechmont had a total of 10 sales in the last year and no price growth recorded. (Statistically insignificant sales) and Lower Beechmont recorded -1.5 % growth. (Domain.com.au) 12 sales for the year.
Jan 25, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 https://www.propertyvalue.com.au/suburb/beechmont-4211-qld
Jan 26, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 https://www.yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au/top-suburbs/qld-4211-beechmont.aspx
Jan 26, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 And as someone who actually lives here I can vouch for the price growth as seen in my own street.
Jan 26, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 Yes Beechmont rd is one road but it gives us two ways in. The back way and the "tourist route" down the front. When people move here they are after a peaceful laid back lifestyle, not one with a lot of infastructure. That's the whole point of living on the mountain to get away from all that. I feel you have had a bad experience with someone up here but that does not represent the rest of the people up here. I am always taken by surprise by the friendliness of the locals and the close knit community which is so different after living in Brisbane for so long. It has the true country spirit. For myself, I don't find it difficult to drive down to the coast as I travel for work everyday to Yatala, so I still don't feel like I am missing out on anything, just have the pleasure of coming home to our dream acreage.
Jan 26, 2020
suem34
suem34 We are all entitled to our own opinions and our 10 years of living in Beechmont and listening to residents concerns provides the views already mentioned by my review. Protesting about how wonderful it is living here cannot change what it is really like. Your intrusive comments on my review further show what some residents In Beechmont are like.
Jan 26, 2020
harryl10
harryl10 No what it proves is you moved to Beechmont wanting a "city life" and for some reason didn't know that you were moving into a country lifestyle, it is wonderful living here as long as that is what you are after, the rest of the reviews prove my point. I am just stating facts.
Jan 27, 2020
suem34
suem34 This is MY review. Notice I have not commented on your review as it is your views which I am not interested in. You know nothing about our us and our life. If you MUST have the last word go for it.
Jan 27, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 23, 2020

"Peace and tranquility"

After living in Brisbane for 10 years moving to Beechmont was just we needed. We were after the acreage lifestyle at an affordable price and Beechmont provided that for us. It had volcanic fertile soil which allows us to grow all our fruit and veggies in abundance! The people are so friendly always waving out and sharing their fresh eggs with us. The views of the rolling hills never get old. We feel like we have best of both worlds up here as it isn't too far from major suburbs. You only have to drive through Beechmont to understand, and now that they have improved a lot of the roads and built 3 new bridges in the area it is even more of a lovely drive.
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 12, 2019

"A wonderful place!!"

A secret destination hidden in the Gold Coast Hinterland! Green fields, beautiful mountain and ocean views. A wonderful place to visit. And an even better place to live. Excellent schools, cafes and community facilities.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 08, 2019

"Gold Coast Hinterland"

Beechmont is located in the beautiful gold coast hinterland. The locals are friendly and helpful and the school has an excellent reputation. Lots of facilities and clubs are available to locals. Lots of large blocks ensuring privacy and green space.
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 08, 2019

"Nature at its best!!"

Beechmont is nature at its best!! Residents of this town get to enjoy pretty face wallabys, padamelons, koalas, rosellas, king parrots, whip birds, to name a few!!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 05, 2019

"Live here!!"

I have lived in Beechmont for two years.
It's beautiful. Clean. Friendly. Peaceful.
I would recommend to anyone to live here.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 31, 2019

"Country living with the city down the road."

Beechmont is a wonderful place to live. Has a great community. Relaxing atmosphere. Space to move. Excellent school. Country living with the city down the road.
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5/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Sep 05, 2019

"Beautiful views!!"

Beautiful views in every direction.
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 01, 2019

"Farmland and national parks."

A wonderful environment to live. Beechmont is nestled in amongst farmland and national parks. With great public facilities and within easy reach of the Gold Coast.
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Sep 01, 2019

"Beautiful Location!!"

Beautiful location surrounded by nature.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 27, 2019

"Great Town!!"

Beechmont is a great town. High above the Gold Coast with mountain and ocean views. Relaxed atmosphere. Friendly locals. Space to move. All within driving distance to Canungra and Nerang.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 26, 2019

"A great place to visit but an even better place to live."

Beechmont is one of three mountain communities in the Gold Coast hinterland. The other two are Springbrook and Tamborine Mountain.

When travelling to Beechmont you will drive through rainforest and open pastures. With mountain and ocean views along the way.

For the visitor it has three cafes, small general store, picnic areas, bushwalking, paragliding, horse riding and a monthly market.

For the locals the town has an excellent school, a great community hall, sporting fields, tennis courts and mobile library. And several community groups including Landcare.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 25, 2019

"Hinterland Lifestyle."

A beautiful town. A wonderful community. Beechmont is the gem of the Gold Coast hinterland.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 24, 2019

"Great for couples and families."

A beautiful town in the hinterlands!! A place to enjoy a country lifestyle but within driving distance to the Gold Coast. Great for couples and families.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 22, 2019

"A great town!!"

Beechmont is the place to be!! So close to the Gold Coast but with the opportunity to live on acreage. Surrounded by farmland and forest. With new infrastructure including three new bridges and upgraded roads to make you drive home even more pleasurable.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 13, 2019

"A beautiful and relaxing place to live!"

A family-friendly town in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Beechmont consists of beautiful open farm land, amazing natural parks and stunning views to the coast and ocean. It has an excellent school, sporting facilities, community hall and and several cafes. And of course easy access to Lamington Nation Park. A beautiful and relaxing place to live!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 13, 2019

"Beechmont is a great place to live!"

Beechmont is a great place to live! With beautiful mountain scenery and ocean views. The town has friendly locals, a great school, several cafes, sporting fields, community hall and surrounded by nature! All this is within an easy drive to Canungra, Nerang and Tamborine Mountain! And don't forget that Lamington National Park and Binna Burra are at your back door!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"The peace and tranquility, the birdlife, the fresh breezes, the open spaces - yet so close to a big city!"

Whatever the temperature is on the Gold Coast, deduct 4 - 5C for Beechmont Plateau. Lower humidity and temperatures make even mid-summer nights quite bearable. The volcanic soil is fantastic for growing anything at all - fruit trees, most vegetables and most landscaping plants. Avocadoes, Macadamia and Citrus trees all thrive in the sunny crisp cooler atmosphere.

Being surrounded by large tracts of native bush many native birds call Beechmont home. Lorikeets, Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Sulphur Cresteds, King Parrots, Whip Birds, Wompoo Pigeons and many many others can be heard and/or seen if you care to put in some native nectar plants or berry trees in your yard for them to visit. With your own tank water storage and on-sitewaste treatment systems you can manage very well provided you put in adequate water storage. Rainfall is between 1000 to 1600 mm a year on average and is pretty reliable. We put in 2 X 45,000 litre water tanks and have never run out since they were both filled during one wet Spring several years ago.

You have the benefits of living in the country with all the shops and services you want at the bottom of the mountain some 30 to 45 minutes drive away. I take the beautiful scenic drive each day to work on the Gold Coast. And as long as you plan your household supplies purchases intelligently you don't miss not having a shopping centre handy.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Green above the Gold"

We made 'the change' to Beechmont and haven't looked back. Everything we love about the coast is still accessible, and everything that drove us nuts has been left behind. Great community spirit, plenty of sports and hobby groups with playground, playing fields and national park at your doorstep. A quick trip along Beechmont road to the retail therapy heartland.

The school rates a mention as one of the highest performing in Queensland. Something we have experienced firsthand only recently.

Sundays can get a bit busy on the main road - its a popular route for motorcycle groups. And it took a little getting used to being on tank water.

All in all, a top spot. :)
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Scenic Numinbah Valley"

Scenic Numinbah Valley, home of the Natural Bridge, still retains the peaceful natural atmosphere that was evident when the Valley was first discovered over a century ago. Timber cutting was the original industry and slowly converted to dairying after the supply of millable timber ran out. Since the recent decline in the Valley of the dairy industry, dairy farmers have been replaced by city families. Seeking a rural retreat and people involved in the horse industry looking for land to establish their specialized field.

The pristine Valley, while a recognized tourist attraction, offers a true village lifestyle complete with its own rustic general store and café and small country school. It seems that time has stood still, which adds to the natural beauty the Valley has to offer. Shopping, banks, medical services and high school are just twenty-five minutes away at Nerang. A school bus operates in the area.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
2yrs+

"Rainforest Beauty Abounds"

Binna Burra is only 10 minutes drive from the quiet town of Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland. There is a lovely tourist information centre as you drive in and with it a lovely cafe/restaurant. Binna Burra is mostly National Park and as such, most visitors come for the hiking in the rainforest experience. And what a spectacular experience it is. With towering trees that are well over a hundred years old and wildlife so close that you could touch them (But you don't because it's a no-no.)
After a hike around the well appointed and clearly marked trails, stop in at the cafe and have a refreshing pit stop. It's a great place for families, but not pram friendly.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Lamington National Park - Put this on your must see list."

Lamington National Park is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland within easy reach of major facilities and Gold Coast beaches... At the southern end of the Scenic Rim, Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and offer some great bushwalking experiences. Starting at Canungra you can visit Binna Burra, Green Mountain and O'Reilly's. Accommodation is available at the lodges at both Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat where you can enjoy all the luxuries including organized guided walks and tours, great views and health spas. If you are looking at living near this great area without the coast and hustle and bustle of the coast, look at Canungra for some good land and house bargains.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Rolling green fields"

If you're looking for a quiet and serene place to visit or settle down, Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland is the place to go. Approximately 35 minutes from Southport it couldn't be more opposite to it's flashy neighbour. With no infrastructure, no shops and no cafes, it's not a town for social consumers. But if cows and gardens and beautiful views are your thing, then Beechmont is your idea of heaven. There's a great market on once a month and the local primary school is one of the best in the state. Pack a picnic and thermos and it's a great place to chill out and watch the clouds drift by.
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