Tamborine Mountain

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

Mount Tamborine was formed by lava from the great Mt Warning caldera and was originally discovered by Aboriginal people who inhabited the mountain for thousands of years. At the time of European settlement the mountain laid in the territory of the Wangerriburras. The name Tamborine is believed to mean either ‘wild lime’ or ‘yam.’ Either way, both are in plentiful supply on Tamborine Mountain, along with other beautiful fruit, vegetables, and plant life. For these reasons, along with the mountains other resources, Tamborine Mountain was a place of significance to he Aboriginal people and evidence of Aboriginal inhabitance and use of the land has been found. Tamborine Mountain was opened for selection in 1878 and much clearing for agriculture took place. Efforts were made however to protect the natural values of the area, with Witches Falls National Park (now part of the Tamborine Mountain National Park) being declared in 1908, the first in Queensland. The Tamborine National Park is made up of 12 separate sections of land, mainly remnant rainforest, on the plateau and surrounding foothills. In 1924 a tourist road to the mountain was opened.

At 550metres above sea level in the Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain plateau is consistently 5 degrees cooler than in Brisbane enjoying average daytime summer temps of 25degC and 18C at night with low humidity. Winter days usually dawn to clear blue skies with daytime temperatures reaching 20degC down to a cool 2degC overnight; it’s a perfect place to enjoy an open wood-log fireplace and ambience in our restaurant and cottages! Take warm clothing for the evenings all year round.

Fresh Produce

All across the mountain look out for roadside “honesty system” stalls selling the very freshest local produce (Avocado’s, Rhubarb, Citrus and Honey & Roadside Jams and Chutneys)

Shopping

Mount Tamborine is an artist’s haven with local art and craft showcased in the area’s galleries. Mount Tamborine "Gallery Walk" on Long Rd, Eagle Heights, offers many individual galleries, cafes, restaurants, craft and antique shops. Many more quaint stores, galleries and nurseries are spread throughout the Mountain, and are a browser's paradise.

Markets

Mt Tamborine is also well known for its markets. The Tamborine Mountain Markets are held every 2nd Sunday of the month, at the Showgrounds, less than 300m from our place. The smaller Local Producers' Market is held Every Sunday 8 a.m. to noon in the shed at the same location, Main Western Road - Local fresh fruit and vegies, preserves, etc are on offer.

Tamborine Mountain State School Markets are held on the Last Sunday of each month on the school oval on the corner of Long and Curtis Roads

Winery tours can also be made to the 5 local wineries, the multi-award winning boutique distillery and coffee plantation in the near vicinity.

Mt Tamborine National Parks

Tamborine National Park reserve covers 1160 ha on Tamborine Plateau and around its foothills consisting of twelve sections of national park, including Queensland’s first gazetted in 1908, Witches Falls National Park. There are a number of beautiful picnic areas as well as scenic drives and many bushwalks to such attractions as lookouts, gorges, cliffs, waterfalls, rainforest areas, wet eucalypt forest, open forest and woodlands. These give the nature lover the opportunity of a wide variety of walks, bird watching or simply sitting by a waterfall and soaking up the natural beauty. Some of the best places to visit in the park are Joalah, Cedar Creek, Palm Grove and Witches Falls. All have picnic facilities and walking tracks. Wildlife in the park includes Alberts lyrebird, Eastern whip birds and bower birds, the elusive platypus and a small species of wallaby, the Pademelon to mention a few.

Bird Watching

The generous reserve and park areas of Tamborine Mountain region make it an ideal location for keen bird watchers. The bird list, available on CD from the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association totals 177. Regular visitors include the rare Alberts Lyrebird, Bowerbirds, butcher birds, Wedge Tailed Eagles, plus the beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet in their hundreds.

Tamborine Mountain Heritage Centre

On Wongawallen Rd in Eagle Heights, is an historical park consisting of seven heritage buildings from the local area containing extensive displays relating to local history. The centre features a display of clothing c.1900-1945, history of the early European timber getters of the area and their equipment, artefacts of Aboriginal history, a diorama relating to the volcanic origin of the plateau, geological and survey displays, musical instruments, communication equipment and an audio-visual display of mountain birds and their songs. Also see a dairy, a blacksmith shop, an historic slab cottage with antique fittings and furnishings, an old general store with post office and barber's shop, and a quarter-scale model of an outdoor water wheel. The Centre is open on Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and at other times by arrangement.

Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens

On Forsythia Drive in Eagle Heights, the 9-hectare gardens opened in 1988 are open 24 hours a day. Special collections include agapanthus, azaleas, begonias, bromeliads, camellias, coleus, hydrangeas and wisterias. Free entry. Highlight of the year is the Springtime on the Mountain Festival in early October. Visitors to can partake in various activities such as golf, horse riding, hang gliding (100m from us), bowls, bushwalking, bird watching and creek swimming.

Is it any wonder that people are drawn to the magic of Mt Tamborine when looking for interesting and unusual things to do?

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HELPFUL HINTS

When visiting Tamborine Mountains

Always pack a jumper or cardigan, it's a bit cool up here.In Summer, pack your swimmers and be sure to visit our waterfalls.
Give yourself time to enjoy the many bushwalks, waterfalls and stunning vistas across the Gold Coast and Great Dividing Range.