Mount Tamborine Things to Do

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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!

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    CANUNGRA

    by balhannah Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    Canungra, is a small village of 1000 +people, and growing, with new housing estates opening up.
    The township of Canungra is more than 125 years old and owes its existence to early cedargetters and sawmillers.

    From Canungra you can do a scenic drive up the Mountain via "The Goat Track" to Tamborine Mountain
    The Goat Track isn't a track anymore, it is a road, even though narrow, it is now well maintained. At one section where the road is narrow, traffic lights control traffic making it only one--way in this section.

    Canungra is situated in a picturesque valley, it has the Canungra creek running by.
    The Hotel is beautifully kept, like an old English one, and there is a nice park across the road, where Toilets and BBQ's are located.

    Just outside the town is O"Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard. Set in the beautiful valley, this vineyard offers wine, meals and devonshire afternoon tea.
    Also located on the outskirts, is the Australian Army's Kokoda Jungle training camp.

    This valley is also an important area for horse racing, with many fine studs located here, each with their own private racecourse.
    Polo, is another popular sport in this area, with the Gold Coast Polo club being located here
    Close to town, tourists can enjoy farmstays, bed and breakfasts, cabin accommodation and vineyards.

    Many visitors also stop at Canungra en route to the Lamington National Park and the mountain resorts of Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.
    It is the gateway town to O'Reillys in Lamington National Park, so makes it a very popular stopping point for day tours to these areas.

    Markets are held monthly and an annual rodeo takes place in June while the local show is held each August.
    It is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, situated 35ks from the Gold Coast, and 90ks from Brisbane.

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    Go to the Visitor’s Information Centre

    by tiabunna Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Model of the landforms south of Mt Tamborine

    Almost my standard suggestion, it seems! Much as I’d like to pretend this page will meet all your needs, there are good reasons for visiting the Information Centre. So start off here, pick up a booklet on Tamborine Mountain (the name is used interchangeably, either that way or as Mt Tamborine) and you will have maps and details of many of the choices waiting for you.

    Now the part that really interested me. In the Information Centre, quite apart from the copious tourist information, is a large model of the local landscape from Tamborine to beyond Mt Warning, probably 80km distant southward in New South Wales. Back a mere 20 million or so years ago, Mt Warning was the core of a large shield volcano which became extinct after spreading lava over a huge area. Over time the volcano itself has eroded away, leaving one of the largest shield volcano craters in the world, plus the core and large lava flows. Yes, the lava flows formed all the extensive mountains comprising the border ranges, the Tweed Ranges in NSW, and Mt Tamborine near the northern limit: the view from the Gold Coast beaches must have been impressive 20 million years ago!

    Photo: Model of the border ranges area. I have labelled Mt Tamborine, Mt Warning and the Gold Coast beaches. The photo represents a view of the model from the relative direction of Brisbane.

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    Shops, restaurants, and much more.

    by tiabunna Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Over the years, Mt Tamborine has developed a huge choice of shops selling arts and crafts, foods, antiques, local wines, even German clocks! You can be massaged or married there, eat at restaurants or stay in many diffferent chalets or resorts. If you become sufficiently taken with the place, several real estate agents will be happy to assist you.

    The businesses involved in all these choices are strewn throughout the area, however there is a distinct ‘main street’ in Gallery Walk, which is given over almost entirely to tourist shops and restaurants. It would be surprising if you did not find something of interest here.

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    OPEN GARDENS at TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Oct 4, 2009

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    Clemaitis

    Every year, residents on Tamborine Mountain, open their gardens for the public to have a look at.
    This happens in Spring, (around late September, early October) when they are at their prettiest.

    It is very well organized, with trail signs located on the roads so you can not get lost. Each garden has large flags out the front, so you can't miss them either!

    Either from one of the Gardens or at the Botanic gardens, you buy your ticket that lets you visit the 6 display gardens, the cost in 2009 was $15.
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    They then give you a tag to pin on your jacket, and off you go!
    Gardens vary from small to large, Cottage garden to Formal garden, all were very nice.
    Some even had cuttings and potted plants for sale.

    Remember, on the mountain, it is cooler than in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast, so you may need a jacket!

    Gardens are open from 9-4pm.
    You have missed this year, but keep it in mind for next year, you pick up some nice ideas for your garden, and often, get to see some rare plants like I did on this occassion.

    If you do not have your own transport, then "Tamborine Trolleys" do tours. They vary in price. For more information, visit their website .....www.tamborinetrolley.com.au

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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.

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    Want to go HANG GLIDING!

    by balhannah Written Oct 4, 2009

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    Imagine you!

    On the Main Western Road, Mt. Tamborine, the Canungra Hang Gliding club makes its base for flying.
    We were there on a Sunday, and there were of lot of them waiting to take off.
    They also hold competitions held here

    You can do a 'TANDEM FLIGHT'
    All launches & landings are done on wheels so no running is required from pilot
    or passenger. 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.

    What an experience!

    Introductory tandem flights are around 20 to 25 minutes of airtime.

    Tandem hang gliding requires no experience and is perfect for all ages.

    No, I haven't done it, only watched them many times, and the view from the lookout where the experienced ones take-off from, is outstanding......
    I can only imagine how good it would be flying like a Bird!!!!

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    TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2009

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    The Slab Hut

    I came across this Heritage Centre by accident. On having a look at the very cheap admission price of $3, I thought it was worth a look.
    It is not big by any means, but has some interesting items on display, and there is also a nice old Slab Hut. I also got to find out about the history of Tamborine mountain......

    Like, there used to be a sawmill powered by a waterwheel in the late 1800's in what is now Joalah National Park. They have a working one on display at the centre.
    Dairying was important on the Mountain, and now days, you won't probably find one cow on the mountain!
    You may have known about the early timber getters who climbed trees to where they wanted to cut them by inserting boards in notches they cut in the trees and then felled the trees by axe or crosscut saws. Well, some of these stumps with the notches in them are on display at the centre.

    LOCATION.....55-57 Wongawallan Rd, Eagle Heights Qld

    It is only open on Sundays, from 11am-3pm
    or by appointment, phone 5545 3929

    ADMISSION IN 2009 was a very cheap $3

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    BOTANIC GARDENS

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2014

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    The Botanic gardens are not old like a lot of Botanic Gardens, so are still being developed. Even so, they are quite nice already. There is a good display of Camellias, Bromeliads, Magnolias, Rainforest etc. A nice little lake, with bridge and plenty of lawn for picnics, its good for a stroll and to return in later years as it develops. A lot of It has all been done by volunteers from the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club, a credit to them for the excellent job they have done.

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    Visit The Historic St Bernards Hotel

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    We were welcomed by mine hosts John and Michelle (2010) then it was a tour of inspection followed by a glass of beer in the cosy lounge; then came every VTers main interest...the food.

    In 2011 new mine hosts.

    Lunch was really very tasty. You will enjoy. I am not a salad person but the crab and avocado was fresh and lovely. Gluten free and vegetarian choices are available. Did not like the Sunday Roast in 2011.

    And you can meet Leo the St Bernards Dog Mascot at the Hotel. He was born at Snomark Kennels on the 1st August 2006 and took up residence at the Hotel in early November 2006.

    If you plan to propose to your darling ...well they host weddings as well.

    Have a look at the website there is heaps more...Friday night entertainment, a bottle shop, a few poker machines, the history of the hotel, and an idea of future plans for the hotel.

    Accommodation available in the adjacent motel (see tip)

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    FREE ENTERTAINMENT @ BEARDED DRAGON!

    by balhannah Written Feb 9, 2010

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    BEARDED DRAGON TAVERN

    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!

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    McDonald Rainforest Circuit @ TAMBORINE MTN

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2009

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    Land Mullet found in the park

    If you are visiting Tamborine mountain, then you will find a lot of nice walks to do.
    On visiting the Heritage Centre, I noticed the short Rainforest walk that could be done, it was just across the road.

    Only a 1.4km, easy circuit, you get to see Strangler figs, nice ferns,and general Rainforest.
    You may get to see a "Land Mullet" a dark, blacky coloured lizard, and keep your eyes peeled for Birds as well
    There was a small shelter shed and picnic tables at the park entrance.

    LOCATION......The track starts from the carpark on Wongawallen Road, off the Tamborine-Oxenford Road.

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    Craft Markets @ Mt. Tamborine

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2008

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    The Craft Markets are held every month at the Mount Tamborine Showgrounds. Crafts, and fruit and vegees are sold here. You also can buy food & drinks. For the children, there are Pony rides. Parking is on the edge of the road, or for a donation to the Local Fire Brigade, you can park on the oval where the markets are held.
    They are held the 2nd Sunday of each month.

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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.

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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.

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