Nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Beechmont is a picturesque rural town in Queensland’s Scenic Rim Region. It was originally inhabited by the Yugambeh people before European timber cutters arrived in the 1880s. Once an important dairy farming town, Beechmont takes its name from the area’s white beech trees.
Things to do in Beechmont
On the eastern edge of Beechmont is Rosins Lookout Conservation Park, which offers magnificent views across the Gold Coast Hinterland. It’s a popular spot for paragliders and hang-gliders to launch themselves into flight and boasts a shaded picnic area and barbecue facilities. You can combine your visit with a stop at the historic Providence Farm Hall, which was built in 1948 as a community space for dances and social events.
Sprawling south of Beechmont is Lamington National Park, a spectacular tract of rainforest that forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Its hiking trails traverse the magnificent McPherson Range with its tumbling waterfalls and sweeping lookouts. A highlight of visiting Lamington National Park is spotting the rare Albert’s lyrebird, which is endemic to the subtropical rainforests of Australia.
Also forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area is Springbrook National Park, where you’ll find awe-inspiring waterfalls and ancient vegetation. You can follow the trail that leads to the Natural Bridge or chase waterfalls on the Twin Falls Circuit. On the Warrie Circuit, keep an eye out for Antarctic beech and hoop pines, which are living relics of the Jurassic Age.
Getting around Beechmont
Beechmont is around a one-hour drive from Surfers Paradise and an hour from Gold Coast Airport, which has flights to destinations across Australia and New Zealand. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to and around Beechmont.