Ideally located just 30 kilometres north of the Gold Coast and 70 kilometres south of Brisbane, Tamborine Mountain is set amid the natural beauty and wonder of the hinterland across a mountain plateau, picturesque reserves and Queensland’s first official national park.
The plateau itself is just 18 kilometres long, but supports three small villages and countless fine B&Bs. Along with wineries, cottage retreats and great local restaurants, markets and festivals, its local assets are matched only by the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The panorama takes in mountains, pastures, the ocean and the distant towers of Surfers Paradise, the lights of which can be seen sparkling along the coastline in the evenings.
The mountain itself has plenty in store for the visitor, with lots of easy walking tracks through gentle remnant rainforest and abundant local flora and fauna to be discovered. The Tamborine Mountain National Park is home to plenty of Australia’s most well-known creatures – from lyrebirds to lorikeets and platypuses to tawny frogmouths. Local parrots, whipbirds and bowerbirds are common and many of the birds are happy to be fed by visitors.
The mountain is a popular retreat for ‘city folk’ as it enjoys much cooler temperatures than the rest of southern Queensland; however, Mount Tamborine’s rich local ecosystem sustains a vibrant agricultural industry too: avocados, kiwifruit and macadamia nuts are all grown locally.
Popular attractions in the region include the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, the Glow Worm Caves and the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, to name but a few. There are also walking trails and local arts and crafts to discover and all the tranquility and relaxation you could wish for.
Many people bypass Mount Tamborine for the brighter lights of the nearby big cities but it’s definitely worth a visit – especially if peace and relaxation are your primary goals.