A popular weekend bolt-hole in the Gold Coast hinterland just 30 minutes from Australia's most famous strip of sand and surf, Canungra is a sleepy little village in the south-western shadow of Mt Tamborine.
It has grown from camps set up by loggers who moved into the valley at the tailend of the nineteenth century to work the dense timber stands.
Today, the town is largely dependent on the Australian Army’s Land Warfare training centre set in the rugged bushland above the valley floor.
The spiritual heart of the centre is a memorial to the Canungra-trained advisers and instructors of the Australian Army Training Team who served in Vietnam.
The central, faintly-English village green and old churchyard is a marshalling point for bushwalking and horse-riding safaris into the majestic Lamington National Park and its two rainforest lodges, O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra.
The skies above Canungra are often dotted with hang-gliders and para-gliders who launch themselves off the western slopes of Mt Tamborine.