Mount Tamborine Travel Guide

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Mount Tamborine Highlights

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     Beautiful area in every possible way 

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     Becoming busier 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great escape 

Mount Tamborine Things to Do

  • Lunch @ Mt Tambourine

    We have just visited Mt Tambourine for the first time,had coffee at the Polish cafe followed by lunch at the St Bernard's hotel.We can highly recommend both, hospitality was great, food was excellent and the view is out of this world.

  • Scarecrow Festival

    Since 2008, Mount Tambourine have held an annual scarecrow festival in the spring.Went this year and my god it was worth the tripThere are over 200 scarecrows in the area to see, many are topical, all very inventive, and it shows a huge community spirit. Nearly all the local businesses participate along with the local service orginisations,...

  • Witches Falls Winery

    Witches Falls Winery is a small local boutique winery on Mt Tamborine.Well worth a visit for a tasting.

  • Picnic/BBQ at the Knoll section

    The Knoll section is a great place to have a picnic/BBQ and do sopme bush walking.The views are fantastic, and walking pathes provided.There are picnic tables provided along with free gas fired BBQ's

  • Gallery Walk

    Gallery Walk is a street in Mount Tambourine that is lined with boutique shops.All worth a visit.This street is reminisicent of Montville for those who have been there

  • Curtis Falls history

    From an ABC radio interview:But while today the only construction you'll find at the tranquil site is a walking track and viewing platform, back in the 1800s there was a water wheel at the falls, powering the local saw mill. Raymond Curtis (now 84 years old) spent his childhood living near the falls.Raymond says he never saw the water wheel but his...

  • Visit The Historic St Bernards Hotel

    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...


    Thank you for the best magical delivery into fantasy about everything fairy. I loved this shop called Flights of Fancy that much I will be buying many more items for my garden at home, and for my grandaughter's Nursery - Mum and Dad will be delighted. Your shop is also very magical and amazing, and nowhere in the World have I seen anything like it...

  • BOTANIC GARDENS @ Mt. Tamborine

    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...


    THUNDER EGGS! ....Have you ever heard of or seen them?Well, If you haven't, then on Tamborine Mountain is your chance to see the largest deposit of Thundereggs in the world.They were discovered here in 1967, and since then, have been mined in an open cut mine. If you want to find your own Thunderegg, then you have to pay an ADMISSION PRICE...

  • GALLERY WALK - Mt. Tamborine

    A nice area for an oversea's visitor, is "The Gallery walk" on Mount Tamborine. I took my New Zealand friend here for a look as she was keen on "Arts & Crafts."The street itself is called "GALLERY WALK." I was lucky to find a carpark actually in the street as quite often when the Tourist Buses are there, and on the weekends, car parks are hard to...

  • Cameron Falls

    After lunch, I did the walk the left from the Knoll picnic ground to Cameron Falls.The walk was through Rainforest, past mosses, ferns, and beside a freshwater creek that had many rapids, and big boulders covered in moss, it was so pretty!There were lots of Trees, including the tall Gum Trees that I had previously seen on Tamborine Mountain. I...

  • Don't like your local, then move it!

    Formerly the Sussex Arms in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.There's a slim chance I may have drank at this pub in my youth and now it's here in sunny Queensland, you'll have to see the website for the whole story.I flew half way around the world to find an old friend, took a few internal flights across Australia, rented a car and drove out of Brisbane,...


    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...

  • Wonderful Lookouts at Mt. Tamborine

    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.

  • "The Knoll"

    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...

  • Cedar Creek Falls

    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...

  • Joalah National Park & Curtis Falls

    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...


Mount Tamborine Restaurants

  • Nice Bakery

    On our day visit to Tamborine Mountain, we just didn't feel like bothering packing a picnic basket for lunch..We headed to North Tamborine where there is a good selection of shops, drove up the divided street, and found the Oven Fired Bakery.We bought a couple of Vegetable pasties, and a couple of Cinnamon scrolls, I can say that all were very...


    The Bearded Dragon Tavern is located in an excellent location at the base of Tamborine Mountain. It is very popular on the weekends, as it is enroute to the Mountain. I have enjoyed meals here on more than one occasion, and so far no complaints. As the meals vary in price from traditional pub food ($6.50-$20.50AUD) A la Carte Dinner menu...

  • good wine good food

    Not only can you go here for wine tasting but also an enjoyable meal. We had a pie. Expensive but nice.I say expensive because we paid $7.00 for one. mind you they do boast that they have the best pies on the coast.


Mount Tamborine Shopping

  • Pottery and ceramics galore

    This is the shop you go to when you are looking for ceramics , pottery or the likes. The local craft is very good , but expect to pay a little extra. Depends what you want to buy . the prices vary

  • Exotic embellishments, craft gifts home...

    Like all shops on th emountain this is also a craft shop. The thing is that each little shop has their speciality and for this one it was like stepping back in time to a time when you could get your lavender bags to hang in the wardrobe or other things from the era.

  • Lovely handmade item's!

    For all those "crafty" people and ones that wish to buy a unique gift that has been lovingly handmade, then the cottage is a must visit.Walking along Gallery Walk, we went into every shop that was open, and that was all!Just before entering the shop, the smell of lavender drifting out the shop smelt divine.Inside was were lots of lovely gifts...


Mount Tamborine Local Customs

  • Where to Picnic

    There are many varied spots to picnic on Mount Tambourine. Some have gas fired BBQ's, some wood fired BBQ's.Have a look here and make your choice


    You may see this, or may not, I just thought it was funny!There is an Alapaca Stud on Tamborine Mountain. We were sitting enjoying our lunch near the shops, and parked nearby was a Bus, which to me, looked like a Kindergarten Bus, it had all hand done children's paintings on the side.I had been looking at it for a while, when something moved inside...

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Mount Tamborine Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Written Feb 10, 2010

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    Cedar Creek Falls, and on a hot Summer's day, a lot of people come here from Brisbane to enjoy the cool water and the lovely surroundings.

    Swimming in the rock pools at the base of each waterfall is quite ok, it is diving into the pools that can be disastrous, with people losing their lives through jumping into shallow water. There is a plaque on one of the cliffs beside one of the waterfalls, remembering a person who lost his life doing this!

    When I was there, a school group were having fun in the water, but NO DIVING!

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Mount Tamborine Tourist Traps

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    by wise23girl Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    We came off the M1 and through Nerang Village as we were staying at the Gold Coast. The signs were clear until we came to the actual turn off up to the mountain. 2010.

    I think there is a policy of being economical with words on major signs and suddenly this road to the right was only marked O'Reilly's Plateau and something else but NOT Mount Tamborine.
    So we kept going straight ahead only to notice the Mt Tamborine was at the "O'Reilly" turn after all. So did a number of other cars ...all coming to an abrupt halt in a well worn spot.

    This time the signs had been improved so it could be OK for you. 2011

    Unique Suggestions: When you see a sign" O'Reillys Plateau" outside Nerang on the right that is also to Mt. Tamborine.

    If you do hurtle straight by do not cross the double lines to U turn. Just go a little further down where you can turn right and right again safely

    Fun Alternatives: Well if you come from Brisbane you come in from the other side and avoid this problem.

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Mount Tamborine Favorites

  • The dragonfly

    I drifted into insect photography; spurred by a lady I met on a hike to Hartz Peak (see my Tasmania pages) which is where I met Raylea. I then was pushed over the edge by coming across colourful dragonflies while I did "the Lap" (around Australia) and I kept coming across them. Little did I know when I started that there were over 300 different...

  • Joalah NP

    Joalah National Park is part of the Tamborine group of parks, mostly small.However, this one is an absolute gem, particularly if you like splashing creeks and piccabeen palms.Though the overall walk can be done in an hour, if you're into photography you may find it takes a lot longer. Curtis Falls are the centrepiece of this park and are named...


    I don't know about you, but when I am out enjoying the countryside, a stop for an Icecream is often on the cards. When we parked at Joalah National Park infront of shops at the "tall trees T Junction," I noticed an "Old fashioned Lolly shop" which not only sold lollies, but Icecreams as well!So, if you are craving for 'THAT' icecream, head in here,...


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