Check it all out below!
Mountain destinations translate to achingly beautiful scenery and views, crisp, clean air, a plethora of local wildlife and pristine forest, and Tamborine Mountain is no exception.
Against this glorious backdrop exists a diverse and colourful cottage industry with numerous local artists and craftspeople, a variety of natural and man-made attractions, award-winning wineries, a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, soft adventure for the thrill-seekers, festivals, special events and country markets.
Not to forget the plentiful shopping opportunities with the 80+ shops in the Gallery Walk Shopping Precinct and the many specialty shops dotted around the mountain. It is often said that Retail Therapy is good for you and if you stay over for a night or two then you can certainly shop until you drop into a comfortable bed in one of the many amazing accommodation places on the mountain.
Hit the PLAY button below and view our Video below (3:27 minutes) to immerse yourself in Tamborine Mountain and what it offers you!
Tamborine Mountain has a diverse range of things to see and do, apart from being a gateway to both the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim. Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor activities, are athletic or a couch potato, there is something for everyone.
First, let’s look at our beautiful, pristine rainforests, protected by the national park system. There are six wonderful walking tracks in the Tamborine Mountain National Park. The Witches Falls Section is the third oldest in the world (proclaimed on the 28th March 1908).
Some animal and plant species here can be found nowhere else in the world, and most are protected including the Albert’s lyrebird and Richmond birdwing butterfly. Witches Falls, the oldest section includes a waterfall that flows after some rain. Part of Cedar Creek Falls is wheelchair accessible up to the lookout and you can swim in the rock pools of this section.
Being on a mountain also provides several opportunities for adventure activities. A helicopter pub crawl can be a fun day out if you want to experience Australian country pubs without spending a mint on petrol and days of travel. Horse riding, which caters to all levels of experience, or a hot air balloon ride are more romantic alternatives for a wedding or anniversary.
Thrill seekers can train or show off their skills at the Canungra Hang Gliding Club, which offers both paragliders and hang gliders. There are also plenty of climbing opportunities on and around the mountain.
If you are looking for a family activity, Thunderbird Park is the largest tourist attraction on the mountain, featuring the award-winning TreeTop! which includes the Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour and Australia’s largest High Ropes courses, suitable for all age groups from 3 and up.
There are several other outdoor things to do if you want something quieter or cannot walk very well. Esme Street Environmental Park is a wheelchair-accessible reserve of sclerophyll forest with a level asphalt pathway, while the Botanic Gardens include over a dozen sections that are also great for art or photography source material.
The Tamborine Mountain Skywalk opens up the beautiful rainforest canopy to visitors, and with another flat pathway you don’t have to worry about climbing over rocks.
As for indoor activities, Tamborine Mountain has several Art Galleries with works unique to the mountain and the Scenic Rim. One is the Arthur Hamblin art gallery at Cedar Creek Estate, featuring the work of Arthur Hamblin inspired by the Australian outback.
For a different perspective on the Australian landscape, this time steeped in ancient traditions, Tamborine Dreaming has a section dedicated to indigenous art. Some of our Artists and art galleries also offer classes, where you can learn to create your own paintings, sculptures or ceramic work.
If shopping is your thing, the mountain has no shortage of unique finds. Gallery Walk is lined with small, alternative businesses selling products from handmade soap to high-end crystal and opal jewellery. For something you can show off in your home, we have German cuckoo clocks, original handmade pottery and authentic indigenous art. The uniqueness and diversity that the mountain’s shopping scene offers is perhaps more of an attraction than big city malls.
For rainy days, hen’s weekends or after a long day in the rainforests, there are several opportunities to get pampered. Some are mobile services that can travel to your accommodation. They have a broad range of massage styles, from hot stone to pregnancy, and come complete with qualified therapists, professional tables, aromatherapy oils and music. Our day spas offer a wide range of face and body treatments, including hydrotherapy spas, mineral baths and steam rooms.
To wrap up, what makes Tamborine Mountain unique and diverse is what makes it special. Visiting us really is like stepping into another world, but you don’t necessarily have to travel far.