Somewhere between a dreamy ocean and an endless green valley lies Austinville, the village where every visitor blinks twice. One of the Gold Coast’s oldest suburbs, Austinville was established following the worst years of the Great Depression. Originally a banana farming area intended to relieve unemployment, the area now contains a section of the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park. 

Now, locals live in a secluded village nestled between balmy Mudgeeraba and the lush green surrounds of Springbrook. Local and visitors alike are spoilt for choice when feeling leisurely –  hiking under waterfalls, picnicking on the mountain side, exploring rock pools or gazing up at the suddenly-multiplied stars are all options in this mountain retreat.

Population: 361

Tickets available online here

Doors open 6.30pm