Things To Do In Mt Tamborine
Here are the locals tips on the best ways to relax, free things to do in Mt Tamborine, best wineries, activities for adrenalin junkies and even the best waterfalls to visit.
There are lots of wineries to discover, cafes with good coffee, restaurants, art galleries and craft shops. Walk in the rainforest, take in the spectacular views, the mountain is just a short trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
- Walk in the rainforest at the end of Knoll Rd. Some of the other rainforests can get packed with visitors, this one is a little quieter.
A perfect place to dip your toes in the clear water streams, head to the look out with a picnic, or go later at night, take a bottle of wine and sit with the glow worms.
- Picnic at the Look Out. Head up to the hangliders, spread out a blanket, take in the view, and relax with a picnic.
Sundays tend to be busy with the hangliders, but during the week you may just have the whole place to yourself.
- Are you staying on the mountain and need some pampering? Ripple is a mobile massage and beauty service that is owned by a local, Ali Saoirse, who will come to you.
Yes, you don’t have to leave afterwards. Full range of all spa treatments are here and they can send two therapists to you if you decide to have a couples massage. Phone 0438 567 906 – Ripple is a member of all Tamborine Mountain and Scenic Rim Tourism Organisations
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- Take a walk on the Wild Side. We say “Hey honey!” take a walk on the wild side! Walking tracks are provided in six sections of the Tamborine National Park – so take your pick!
Our personal favourite is the Knoll Circuit (go down to the end of Long Rd, North Tamborine) where we often see the resident Albert Lyre Birds, kookaburras, brush turkeys and small wallabies.
- In a show that would make Leonardo da Vinci and Icarus rather proud, hang gliders take off from The Rotary Lookout on Main Western Road most weekends.
These colourful man-carrying kites form quite a spectacle as they fight gravity by either circling in a thermal or by flying into the ‘ridge lift’ created when the wind hits an obstruction – and let’s be honest, mountains are pretty effective obstructions!
- Get a free book from one of the mountain’s two Little Free Libraries. You’ll find one outside FoodWorks at the Eagle Heights Shopping Centre on Southport Avenue and another at the Tamborine Community Care Office just further along Southport Avenue at number 42.
FoodWorks’ library is open 24/7 while the one at the Community Care Office is available Monday to Friday during office hours. These Little Free Libraries form part of a global not-for-profit organisation and their aim is to promote reading, literacy and a love of books.
- Stroll around the Tamborine Mt Show Ground Markets (on the second Sunday of every month) and enjoy the free live entertainment.
The market starts at 8 am and features around 200 stalls. For more information visit Markets on Tamborine Mountain.
- Watch the sun set from a number of vantage points along Main Western Rd. Pack a picnic and a couple of folding chairs and raise a toast to a day well spent. Take a rug, it gets chilly (an awesome reason to cuddle up to your loved one).
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- Are you a wine tasting virgin? No problem. Cross your arms, nod your head occasionally and adjust your monocle – you’ll fit right in. Wine tasting venues typically charge a small fee that is redeemable if you purchase a bottle.
Witches Falls Winery, Cedar Creek Estate and Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery on Long Road are all very popular.
- Do you love the Addams Family? The Distillery up on Beacon Rd always reminds us of Morticia and Gomez, and each time we visit we expect
Lurch to peer around the door. Fronted by Michael (who looks a little like Einstein) this place has some of the best spirits on the planet (just ask about their awards).
- Bored with your everyday Swedish or deep tissue massage? Try something you won’t get anywhere else in Australia .. either a honey, seashell, chocolate or even coffee massage, all unique to Ripple Massage Mt Tamborine ..
Call on 0438 567 906 and we’ll bring our Ripple magic your way.
- Skip Gallery Walk that is usually jam packed with tourists, and instead head to where the locals go .. Main Street. Grab a coffee at Spice of Life Cafe on Main St, North Tamborine.
Enjoy the weekend papers and watch the world go by. If you listen – very closely – you’ll hear the not so distant sound of sweet, scrummy cakes calling your name. If you are after a sensational pizza, Tamborine Mountain Pizza is where the locals get their dinner when they don’t want to cook
- Support the local farmers and pick up some local produce at the quaint road side stalls or pop into the Show Ground Markets (held every Sunday morning) and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Venue-wise we can recommend the chocolate boxy Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens on Forsythia Dr and also the gardens just outside Witches Falls Cottages on Main Western Rd.
- See what’s on at the historic Zamia Theatre at 22 Main Street, North Tamborine. Built in 1923, this handsome hall screens movies on the first Saturday of the month and the cost is only $6 per person.
Occasionally plays take place here as well as choirs and concerts. With its glossy timber floors and the gorgeous smell of beeswax, you’ll love this building’s quiet, confident charm. Afterwards, pop into Clancy’s Irish Pub – just a few doors down from Zamia’s – for a pint.
Mount Tamborine’s Best Waterfalls
Go chasing waterfalls! Don’t stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to! But seriously, you need to see some of these stunning locations as much as we need to give the lyrics a rest! Deal? Deal!
Curtis Falls: The short and easy walk down to Curtis Falls ends in a platform that gives a picture-perfect view of this lush and sexy waterfall.
Framed by gigantic basalt rocks, the falls flow all year round and are lavish after rain. The rock pools beneath it, as well as the surrounding rock face, are home to glow worms and platypus which is rather awesome. Park either on Eagle Heights Road or in the Dapsang Drive car park and follow the signs.
Cedar Creek Falls: The short but rocky stroll from the car park on Cedar Creek Road to this spectacular cascade can be slippy and quite muddy – however, you will be rewarded with great lookouts along the way and swirling spa-like pools when you get there.
Nothing quite beats the pleasure of bathing in these rock pools on a hot summer’s day….though we can think of a couple of things! ;)
Witches Falls: To see these falls you need to visit Australia’s first National Park, the Witches Falls Circuit, which is approximately 3km and takes an hour of leisurely zig zagging to complete.
Park in the vicinity of Main Western Road, across from Hartley Road and look for signage. The falls can be puny during dry spells but they will flabber your gast after heavy rain when its pools come to life with an assortment of insect and frog species.
Cameron Falls: Starting at the Knoll Road Lookout, you’ll reach the top of Cameron Falls in about half an hour. You’ll see sights reminiscent of a National Geographic documentary as you walk through a dense, cool, emerald green rainforest.
The Lookout provides sweeping views across the valley to Mt Flinders which in itself is spectacular. Unless you go after rain, Cameron Falls can be a bit of a disappointment – you know, like when you bite into a chocolate chip cookie only to discover the chocolate chips are in fact raisins. Still a delicious cookie – but you know…
Bonus Extra Cool Tip – Head on down to Curtis Falls at night time to see the glow worms. Grab a torch and just follow the path, the magic happens just up near the waterfall. Take a picnic and have a night time picnic ..
Tamborine Mountain For Adrenalin Junkies
We still talk about it! One minute you’re flying above tall eucalypt forests, over small towns, catching the glint of rivers and dams – laughing with your friends and talking through the headset as though you’re in the Special Forces – the next you’re landing in a paddock behind a country pub and scaring the cows.
Bemused locals will have many questions for you – main one being ‘Why?’ and you’ll probably shrug and go ‘Why not?’ Contact Pterodactyl Helicopters – they’d love to hear from you.
Paragliding And Hang gliding – The Scenic Rim region is home to some of the best free flying sites in the world. Enthusiasts fly from Mount Tamborine (and Beechmont) to the valley below pretty much all year round.
In the valley you’ll find the town of Canungra where a few hang gliding and paragliding clubs and companies have their headquarters. Canungra Sky Sports offers paragliding courses as well as tandem hang gliding while the Canungra Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club welcomes and supports both visiting and local pilots.
Zip Lining At Thunderbird Park – Let’s do some math. Nine acres, six courses, eleven zip-lines, eleventy-six (we lost count) Tarzan swings and over 100 treetop challenges.
That adds up to a whole day of fun in a unique rain forest playground where you are hundreds of metres up in the air (could be considerably less – math not being our forte – clearly). This park has much more besides the ‘Dare Devil’ treetop section. There’s mini-golf, horse trails, a thunder egg fossicking area and campgrounds too.
Hot Air Ballooning – All you need is a massive cloth bag, a wicker basket and an open flame and off you go! Sure, massive expertise by the pilot is required, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget all about that and spend the first few minutes of your flight focused on the flammability of everything around you.
Once your heart rate comes back to normal and the blood returns to your knuckles, you feel a surge of gratitude towards the pilot and one of feathery weightlessness as if you drift along, floating on air. It’s very quiet up there and the 360 degree views of Tamborine Mountain are spectacular.
Motor Bike Riders’ Nirvana – As a motorcyclist, you want winding roads, nice scenery and little traffic. Ripple owner Ali’s favourite ride has all this. The ride begins in Brisbane, through Tamborine Village and then all the gorgeous hair pin bends up the mountain. From the Gold Coast head to Nerang and the twisty roads up Henri Roberts to the top.
Once on the mountain, you can stop for coffee or carry on and head down the goat track to Canungra (flip around the cars waiting at the lights on this one way road, be careful of the crack fillers on the hair pins which can be a little slippery, even in dry weather).
Every Saturday and Sunday morning you’ll find that over 100 other bike riders had exactly the same idea as you and their bikes will be lined up all along the main road outside pubs and cafes in Canungra. Ali loves having breakfast at The Outpost, then she heads over towards Beechmont, out to Murwillumbah and back to the coast through Currumbin.