A favourite place, Tamborine Mountain

In previous posts I have mentioned Tamborine Mountain as a lovely alternative to the beaches and high rise buildings of Surfers Paradise (Surfers for short). The drive is a long and winding one, once at the top there are views of the coast and the Surfers Paradise skyline, it is probably the best view of Surfers that you will get especially on a cloud free day and I imagine it is spectacular during a lightning storm.

Tamborine Mountain is popular with artists, foodies and if you like schnapps or cheese, some of the best in the region comes from local producers. The Tamborine Mountain Distillery produces and sells award winning liqueurs, schnapps and Vodkas, their Limoncello even won an International award a few years ago which is amazing considering that they were competing against the Italians. The schnapps is delicious but the Absinthe and Vodkas were a little too strong for my tastebuds. When I go to Mt Tamborine I make a point of going to the Witches Chase Cheese Company to try their homemade ice cream and buy some of their Triple Cream Brie or Washed Rind Cheese, the feta is also very tasty and if you’re lucky you can beat the crowds and spend time taste testing a variety of their products.


The Nardoo Lavendar farm
The Nardoo Lavendar Shop

Tamborine Mountain’s main street is known as Gallery Walk, it is very touristy and although there are some good cafes there I like to head to North Tamborine and grab a bit at a little cafe called the Spice of Life Cafe and Deli, fresh, tasty food can be purchased for a picnic or you can relax in the cafe with a paper and a good cup of coffee or gourmet sandwich. Not far from here is the Nardoo Lavendar Shop and Cedar Creek Estate, a winery and cafe popular with tourists but also for weddings, the surroundings are scenic and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see some of the local wildlife.

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Friendly Water Monitor

Often I will visit Tamborine Mountain with a friend and rather than shop or dine at a cafe, we’ll go for a walk in one of the many parks in the area. The abundance of rain means that there are a number of small waterfalls to see and on a hot day in summer you can hear the laughter and splashing of the local kids as they swim in the creek. There are short walks that range from 30 to 90 minutes and longer walks that can take a few hours to complete, if there has been alot of rain some tracks will be closed because of small mudslides or trees that have been dislodged and judged ‘unsafe’.

There are many other things to do at Tamborine Mountain, you can go hang gliding, shop for organic produce, art and crafts at the local markets, take a walk through the Botanic Gardens or visit some of the art galleries that have popped up all over the area. It really is a wonderful part of the world and one of my favourite places to visit on any given day.

Echinacea flower
Echinacea flower, Mt Tamborine Botanic Gardens
Bushwalking through National Park, Mt Tamborine
Bushwalking through National Park, Mt Tamborine

13 thoughts on “A favourite place, Tamborine Mountain

  1. This Sydney Life May 5, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    We are heading to Surfers (not my first choice) in July. MUCH more enthusiastic about it now that I’ve read this. Many thanks! 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies May 5, 2012 / 6:59 pm

      Surfers is nice for a walk along the beach when the sun is rising but I think heading into the hinterland to Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook National Park is much more appealing. If you’re looking for unique design (fashion and/or home decor) head to Brisbane and check out suburbs like New Farm 🙂

  2. Languedoc Lady May 5, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    It looks exquisite….hope we can go there some day.

  3. rumpydog May 6, 2012 / 5:39 am

    Sounds like a great place to visit!

    • twoblackdoggies May 6, 2012 / 2:26 pm

      It is a great place to visit and there are even dog friendly camping grounds 🙂

  4. megtraveling May 6, 2012 / 12:11 pm

    What a wonderful place to spend a day (or more)! Your pictures are so beautiful; I think I’d like to visit there. Great post!

    • twoblackdoggies May 6, 2012 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you! It is a wonderful place, I have stayed a couple of nights as a treat and it was so quiet and peaceful plus the early morning walks gave me a chance to see a different side to the town.

  5. Paws To Talk May 7, 2012 / 4:52 am

    It looks like a great place to visit! Lovely photos.
    Bella and DiDi

    • twoblackdoggies May 7, 2012 / 3:25 pm

      It is a great place Bella and DiDi and there are some dog friendly places to stay as well 🙂

  6. Nat March 6, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Just wondering where you can take dogs around the Mt Tamborine area? Are most of the walks national parks? or are there some dog friendly areas as well?
    Also , any dog friendly places to eat would be handy

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:46 pm

      Hello and thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m not sure which cafes are dog friendly on Mt Tamborine, there is one park that I know about and it is Staffsmith Park: http://www.discovertamborine.com.au/staffsmith-park-picnic-area/. The Mt Tamborine area has beautiful streets for walking dogs, lots of hills and some pet friendly accommodation although Thunderbird creek requires dogs to be on a lead at all times and prohibits ‘pit bull terriers’ – not sure how they work that out. Your best bet is to check with the Tourist information centre.

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