a few words about us

“The Mountain Coach Company” was first established some 30 years ago by Richard Groom, to provide a regular coach service from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to Binna Burra Lodge, via Tamborine Mountain.

According to history, Richard’s father, Arthur, along with Romeo Lahey, acquired the last remaining freehold land on the eastern side of the Lamington National Park and built Binna Burra Lodge, opening in 1934

After some 3 years, “The Mountain Coach Company”, was acquired by Tamborine Mountain Coaches, involving the partnership of Dr. Ian Maclean and Mr John Spinks.

A re-organisation of its operations saw the commencement of day tours from the Gold Coast to Tamborine Mountain and on to Lamington National Park, via Canungra, and included transferring house guests to and from the world famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Following a partnership split, Mr John Spinks acquired the business in his own right, building it up as a “family affair” until our acquisition in January, 2005, following his wish to return to his native Tasmania, to be closer to his family and grand children.

The business was incorporated into our then existing “Coolangatta Coachlines” operation, employing 2 permanent staff and run as a 7 day per week operation.

In April, 2009, “Coolangatta Coachlines” was reorganized, to allow “The Mountain Coach Company” to trade as a separate entity, following the sale of several large coaches in the “Coolangatta” fleet.

In July last year, the “Coolangatta Coachlines”, side of the business was acquired by Whites Coaches from Brisbane and the Mountain Coach Company side of the business retained the Gold Coast, Coolangatta and Brisbane Transfer Services to O’Reilly’s Retreat & Spa, Lamington National Park,

The tour side of the buisness is now operated by Southern Cross 4WD Tours and Southern Cross Day Tours

our mission


To enhance and be part of the Gold Coast and Hinterland experience along with offering a friendly and safe service to all clients travelling to O’Reilly’s Retreat & Spa, in the Lamington National Park..


our advantages



We are a 7 day operation, along with the set days Mon, Wednesday and Friday, we offer a Private Transfer any other day of the week.



Direct Transfers mean there is not the need to take a Tour and pay extra and take longer to get to your destination.



A Clean air-conditioned vehicle specially designed and the most suitable available for  the terrain covered for the Transfers.