Flanking the river of the same name, Nerang is a suburban village buffer between the Gold Coast City tourist strip and the green grandeur of the hinterland.
In the foothills of the McPherson Range, Nerang grew from a camp set up by timber-fellers who moved into the area in the mid-1800s to exploit the dense stands of natural cedar. In fact, until the tourism and development boom took off on the Gold Coast, Nerang remained a rural township surrounded by dairy farms. And, despite the urban sprawl, it retains a good deal of its bushland charm. The rainforest, range-top villages of Mt Tamborine and Springbook are within an hour’s drive, while the excellent fishing grounds and picnicking areas of Hinze Dam are even closer.
Beyond the coastal range lie the delightful rural towns of Canungra, Beaudesert, Rathdowney, Boonah, Kalbar, Fassifern and Aratula, which stretch across the fertile river plains that end at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, massive, stepping stone to the Darling Downs.