Mount Tamborine Things to Do

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    GALLERY WALK

    by onedaysomewhere Written Jul 16, 2010

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    The Gallery Walk on Mt. Tamborine is a very popular street. Tourist Buses and plenty of cars made parking hard to find.
    Eventually, I found a car park and went for my walk. It was great! I had fun browsing in all the different kinds of shops, like the Fairy shop, and Fudge Heaven, plus I checked out the Cuckoo clocks in the German Cuckoo Clock Nest.
    There were quite a few Art galleries, and there is another Tourist Information centre here. Lots of Australian Arts and Crafts, and nice outdoor areas for a cup of coffee or tea.

    At the entrance to the Fairy Shop
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    Wonderful Lookouts at Mt. Tamborine

    by onedaysomewhere Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Driving along the Main Western road, I stopped at several lookouts. These had marvellous views over the valley and the Mountains, and at one of them, there were Hang- gliders taking off.
    I stopped and sat and watched them for quite a while. What an experience this would be, they went so high up in quite a short time.

    Wonderful valley views
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    "The Knoll"

    by onedaysomewhere Updated Jul 15, 2010

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    The Knoll is a nice lookout I found in North Tamborine. The views over the surrounding countryside are beautiful.
    I had lunch here, enjoyed the views and the prescence of a Scrub Turkey. There were tables and chairs, BBQ's and Toilets all set amongst a nice, well kept lawned area. There is plenty of room for car parking.
    I had brought a picnic lunch with me, but if you haven't, this area of Tamborine Mountain had plenty of shops where I could buy food. A sign said not to feed the Birds and Animals as it does them harm.
    There is an information centre also in North Tamborine.

    View from the Knoll
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    Cedar Creek Falls

    by onedaysomewhere Updated Jul 12, 2010

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    Cedar Creek Falls are located on Tamborine Mountain.
    These falls are a series, I think there are three to four, and you can swim in the rock pools. The walk to them is quite easy, and there is a boardwalk at the start that took me to the lookout where there were views of the waterfalls, cascades and rock pools.
    Near the start of the track are two picnic areas, located in large, open, grassy areas surrounded by tall Gum Trees.
    Toilets are located nearby.

    The falls are very pretty, but very popular, it was hard to find a car park on the weekend.

    The first of the Cedar Creek Falls
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    Joalah National Park & Curtis Falls

    by onedaysomewhere Written Jul 12, 2010

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    I walked a 1.5km return track that took me to Curtis Falls. The track was fairly easy and took about half hour. Lyrebirds live here, but I didn't see any. If you come in Winter you may be lucky, or if you don't see one, you may hear the male Albert lyrebird.
    I parked my car by the Eagle Height's shops, and then followed the pathway. I did notice there was another entrance which would have made the walk shorter.
    I walked through Rainforest where there were lots of Piccabeen Palms, and then went down some steep stairs to a large pool at the base of Curtis Falls, which was surrounded by columnar basalt rock.
    You are not allowed to swim in the rock pool at the Falls.
    Another track that went further, was closed.

    Curtis Falls
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    DRIVING TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Updated May 22, 2010

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    If you are coming to Tamborine Mountain from Brisbane, then you will go through Tamborine Village where the Bearded Dragon Hotel is located. From here, you have good views of the mountain itself.

    Climbing the Mountain, about halfway, is Cedar Creek Falls and next door, Thunderbird Park, here you can hunt for Thunder eggs, and there is also accommodation if you wish to stay.

    As you reach the top, you pass through a lovely rainforest and stand of very Tall Trees, this is the Joalah National Park where there is a giant Strangler Fig, and Curtis falls.
    The road junction to Eagle Heights is here, turn to Eagle Heights for the Galleries, or continue on for Witches Falls, and great lookouts over the Canungra Valley in a variety of places.

    Large homes, beautiful gardens, roadside stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, Wineries, picnic areas, Waterfalls, walks and more............

    Hire a car, and explore, and enjoy!

    Animals Views towards Gold Coast Road Junction to Eagle Heights, Joalah N/Pk here Flowers Joalah National Park
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    THE BEAUTIFUL SANDY CREEK WALK!

    by balhannah Updated Feb 11, 2010

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    The Sandy Creek Track is a part of the track that takes you to Cameron Falls.

    On leaving the carpark at "The Knoll' the track descends into the valley floor. Walking along I heard rustling in the Bush, this happened on a couple of occasions. The 1st time, it was a Brush Turkey scratching around, and the 2nd time, it was plump, speckled Bird having a great time scratching in the leaf litter. I have tried to identify it with no success, and my photo did not come out!

    The walk in amongst the Rainforest, following the crystal clear cascading creek, full of moss covered boulder and trees, would have to be one of the prettiest I have ever done, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!

    There were BIG boulders, small boulders, a Huge tree had fallen over and it was covered in Moss, Ferns climbing the sides of Trees, Stags and Elk horns, Ferns on the Forest floor, I forever stopping and taking photo's!

    And you get to cross over the top of cameron falls. A small waterfall, then the concrete path, and then they plunge over the cliff, no wonder they say people love to come here, and sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of this rainforest!

    The circuit is about 2.5kms and there are steps, but I would call it only moderately strenuous.

    Walk through the Rainforest the lovely creek The huge fallen moss covered tree The rainforest walk The waterfall before the bigger Cameron Falls
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    CAMERON WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Written Feb 11, 2010

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    The track to Cameron Falls is located at "The Knoll" at North Tamborine.

    I followed the track through nice rainforest till I came to the junction which said "sandy creek circuit" [next tip] As it was a curcuit, it didn't matter which way I went, so keeping left, I followed the creek until the signpost told me to branch off for Cameron Waterfalls.
    This took me to a lookout which once again had lovely valley views where I could see for miles and miles, and a good view of the Cameron Falls plunging over a cliff face, nice!

    The walk is a moderately strenuous, and is 3kms round trip.

    Cameron Waterfalls Cameron Waterfalls Cameron Waterfalls
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    CURTIS WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Written Feb 10, 2010

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    The Curtis Falls are located in the pretty Joalah National Park, and can be included in the circuit walk in the previous tip.

    The walk isn't bad, it does has some steps, I have read about 100, and it goes downhill, so to get back out, you have to come the same way out, up the hill!
    The walk is nice, passing by many large Strangler figs and giant trees which have many varieties of Ferns such as crows nests, staghorn ferns and many others that I do not know the names of,clinging to these Trees, just beautiful!
    You may see Lizards, I saw a Land Mullet, and a Brush Turkey was scratching around in the forest.

    On the way down, I stopped at the "Albert's Lyrebird" viewing platform, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive Lyrebird, no such luck. A plaque gives information about the “Albert’s Lyrebird” and tells you that in Winter you will probably here them calling each other, so to see them COME IN WINTER., you just maybe lucky!
    From here, there is a nice view through the rainforest to the meandering freshwater creek at the bottom.

    Departing from here, I descended through wet eucalypt forest beneath the towering flooded gums, I just love them, they are so majestic and tall, do take the time to look up, and to admire them!
    I followed Curtis creek for a little way until I reached a viewing platform overlooking a large rock pool, with great views of the falls and the surrounding columned basalt rock face. The falls were good after the heavy rain we had experienced. They do run all year round, but of course are nicest after heavy rain. There is a glow-worm colony which you have to come at night to see, and sometimes you can see freshwater Turtles. Fish and Eels.

    Well worth the walk of 1.5km return

    NO SWIMMING ALLOWED

    Start of this walk can be via a small timber bridge at the “Tall Trees” T- junction of Eagle Heights Road and Geissmann Drive., or if this area has no parking spaces left, turn off Eagle Heights Road into Dapsang Drive at the “St George Anglican Church”, there is a very large parking area to the left at the end of the street. This parking area serves the church as well as the walking trail.

    Curtis Falls after rain The entrance to Joalah National Park Unusual tree Looking down to curtis creek Unusual Tree base
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    JOALAH NATIONAL PARK

    by balhannah Written Feb 10, 2010

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    The Joalah National Park in the North Tamborine area is always remembered by me, as the park with the beautiful rainforest and the extremely tall White "Flooded Gum Trees."

    Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning 'haunt of the Lyrebird' and the loud calls of the male Albert's Lyrebird can still be heard during winter

    The walk follows a track downstream from Curtis Falls along the piccabeen palm-fringed creek, past cascades, to a small pool, its nice! Rainforest trees laden with staghorns, elkhorns, hare's foot and birds nest ferns and other ferns creeping up the trees, how they hang on, I don't know, but they are extremely pretty!
    Tall white-trunked flooded gums, huge other Rainforest Trees, and also some Lizards and a Brush Turkey was walking on the track infront of me. The views of the pretty cascading, clear water stream are just lovely, and the rock pools are very inviting, but NO SWIMMING is allowed!
    A very nice area to be on a hot day!

    Be careful walking, because after rain like when I was visiting, the tracks were rather slippery.

    The circuit is 4.2km

    Parking, especially if on a Weekend, ...... turn off Eagle Heights Road into Dapsang Drive at the “St George Anglican Church”, there is a very large parking area to the left at the end of the street.
    OR.......
    Start this walk via a small timber bridge at the “Tall Trees” T- junction of Eagle Heights Road and Geissmann Drive.

    Brush Turkey on the track Flooded White Gum Base of a White Gum
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    CEDAR CREEK WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Written Feb 9, 2010

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    Cedar Creek waterfalls, and I have seen them on many different occasions. When in drought, there is not much water going over, but the water and the pools are crystal clear.

    This time, I visited a few days after very heavy rain, and the falls had the most water I have ever seen going over them, but of course the water was dirty!

    To reach the area by car, you had to go over a ford, not much water going over that, but a couple of days earlier, and it would have been impassable!
    At the National park, there is car parking, and Composting Toilets, and very nice picnic areas with tables & seats, some are covered, and there are BBQ's, either gas or electric, I didn't check! Birdlife is in and around the area.

    These falls are located in Eucalypt forest, and are a series ofabout 6-7 waterfalls, cascades and rock pools, stunning with a good amount of water going over!

    Lots of rock pools at the bottom of each falls where you can go swimming. The path for quite a way has been done up and in good order, at least to the 1st lookout, it would be wheel chair and stroller accesible in this section, but not the rest, as there are steps.

    Cedar Creek Falls track - 900m return to lookout, 900m return to the rock pools (Allow 20-30 minutes) is fairly easy walking.

    Access to this visitor area is via Cedar Creek Road.

    The 1st falls More falls More falls More falls More falls
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    FREE ENTERTAINMENT @ BEARDED DRAGON!

    by balhannah Written Feb 9, 2010

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    The Bearded Dragon Tavern located at the base of Tamborine Mountain is a nice place to spend a laid - back Sunday afternoon.

    The food is good, and the Entertainment is mainly FREE!

    EVERY SUNDAY IS TOAD RACING!

    This is Cane Toads that I am talking about, the horrible ones that were imported and now have taken over a lot of Australia, and have become a huge pest!
    Aussie's will bet on anything, and this is one of the many that are fun! The Cane toads are put up for auction and then raced with a portion of the winnings going to charity.

    Then there is the Crocodiles and Dragons Reptile Show which my grandchildren got involved in and loved!
    There is "Gunarr" the saltwater crocodile, tiny turtles, Carpet Python, other venomous and non-venomous snakes and lots of lizards, including [of course] Bearded Dragons.
    Even Freddo the green tree frog turns up, he is adorable!

    Plus you can hold the animals for a great photo opportunity.
    Photo opportunities with a snake or reptile of your choice are available on a bring your own camera basis for just $5 a photo.

    Shows are held every Monday and Wednesday at 2pm and on Sunday at 11.30am and again at 2.30pm.

    Please give a GOLD COIN DONATION [$1 - $2 COIN], with the proceeds going to the Rural Fire Brigade who do an excellent job in fighting Fires in the area.

    AND.........If none of this appeals, just sit back and enjoy the FREE BAND!

    BEARDED DRAGON TAVERN
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    Going cuckoo

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 2, 2010

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    As mentioned earlier, you can buy most things at Mount Tambourine but the Swiss clock shop is a bit of an architectural standout. Well, you'd think it was Swiss but it's actually the German Clock Shop.
    You can spend merely a couple of hundred or splurge into six figure sums if you so desire. The only thing holding you back will be your wallet.

    Wait for the cuckoo to come out
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    WINERIES - TAMBORINE MOUTAIN & SURROUNDS

    by balhannah Written Jan 1, 2010

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    Around the area, you could visit a few Wineries in the one day, just make sure you have somebody to drive your Car, as the legal acohol limit in Queensland is .05%.

    There are quite a few to choose from.....................

    Located on Mt. Cotton Road is the largest Winery of the region.....Sirromet Wines (tip on Brisbane page) .... Exit 30 on the Pacific Highway.

    The other Wineries are on Mt. Tamborine or surrounding it.
    They are the .........
    The Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, which has views over Wild Duck lake - Hartley Road, Mount Tamborine.

    Tamborine Estate, which is the Gold Coast's oldest vineyard - Hartley Road, North Tamborine.

    Heritage Wines of Mount Tamborine, that has locally made wines - Corner of The Shelf Road and Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine.

    Witches Falls Winery - a family owned business where the grapes are processed, fermented and finished on site - Main Western Road, North Tamborine

    Tamborine Mountain Distillery - Liqueurs & liqueur chocolates and spirits here - Beacon Road, North Tamborine.

    Albert River Wines - Set on a hill, with nice views of Tamborine Mountain and the hinterland. The Cellar Door and Restaurant are open daily from 10:00am, with live entertainment every Sunday lunch. There is a historic colonial homestead, Tamborine House and the fully restored, beautiful Queenslander, Auchenflower House - Approx. 3 km from Tamborine, turn left at Mundoolun Connection Road (toward Canungra & Gold Coast) Entrance on right opposite Chestnut Road

    Canungra Valley Vineyards - Sample wines at the cellar door and enjoy live jazz on Sundays - Lamington National Park Road, Canungra.

    Springbrook Mountain Vineyard - Dine on the verandah overlooking the vineyard, with views of Tamborine Mountain - Springbrook Road, Springbrook.

    Mount Nathan Winery - Honey cream liqueurs & more - Clagiraba Road, Mount Nathan.

    All of these are in lovely settings in the Gold Coast hinterland.

    Sirromet Winery Albert River Wines Sirromet Winery
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    TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN VISITOR INFO CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    There are two centres located on the Mount. One is located at Eagle Heights where the Gallery walk is, and the other is in Doughty Park, Main Western Road, North Tamborine.

    A visit to one of these is a must, as they have maps of the area and the walks that you can do. Also, they can help you with your other needs such as accommodation.

    OPEN ..... 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week

    In a garden at Mt. Tamborine

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