Mount Tamborine is a short, scenic drive from Brisbane, and if you want to try Hang gliding, this is the place to go!
On the Main Western Road, Mt. Tamborine, the Canungra Hang Gliding club makes its base for flying. The website below will give you more information. We were there on a Sunday, and there were of lot of them waiting to take off. They also hold competitions from here.
You can do a 'TANDEM FLIGHT'
All launches & landings are done on wheels so no running is required from pilot
What happens is you are towed to approx 3,000ft, this will be around 1,000ft above the top of Mt Tamborine where you can see an incredible 360 degree view of the East Coast, Gold Coast high rise buildings, the surrounding hinterland, the Great Dividing Range, The Border Ranges and the city of Brisbane.
This website has more information on Tandem flights......
Mount Tamborine is about an hour away from Brisbane and about 40 minutes away from the Gold Coast. When I came to live in Brisbane this was one of my favourite places to visit. You can walk through natural rain forest and even swim underneath a small waterfall. There are some good, short bush walks in the area.
Or if you prefer to just drive around you can take in beautiful views of the Gold Coast in one direction or the Great Dividing Range in another. Or stop for lunch or have dinner in one of the many great restaurants or pubs in the area. One of my favourites is St Bernard's where you can get a nice steak and a beer on the large patio while taking in the view. Perfect end to a day bush walking.
If you visit at the weekend there may be a local market on and you can watch hang gliders taking off and floating over the valley. If none of that appeals, there are lots of great little shops including a chocolate shop, bakeries, wineries (sample some local wines and take a few bottles home) or visit one of the galleries of a local artist. There is heaps to do and if you want to stay there are cabins and romantic cottages to rent.
On top of all that it is always a bit cooler up on the mountain. So it can be a respite from the heat in summer.