Tamborine Mountain is a plateau in the Scenic Rim Region, Gold Coast Hinterland, south-east Queensland, Australia. This cliff-like ridge of land was formed, 22 million years ago, from the effusion of lava flowed from Mount Warning volcanic eruption. It is situated just 62 km from Brisbane and is the best get away from work and stress at any time of the year. Since the climate remains, comparatively, cooler than the surrounding lowlands, the place is a very famous tourist destination.
The history of the Tamborine Mountain goes back to tens of thousands of years when the place was inhabited by the Aborigines and then came in the European people to settle down in the place. The name of the mountain came from Yugambeh language word: ‘Jambreen’ which means wild lime and got the reference from the finger lime trees. The Tamborine National Park includes a 38 square kilometers of Important Bird Area (IBA) identified by the Birdlife International.
Three village communities: North Tamborine, Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine, are the only human settlement area on the plateau. The place is famous for its bed and breakfast accommodations and the scenic beauty that can very well be enjoyed from the rooms. Various places to visit or sightseeing are:
- Gallery Walk:
Gallery Walk is a long road that attracts many of the tourists to the place. The street is famous due to two reasons: one is that it is directly on the way from the Gold Coast and the second is that the street has a lot of art galleries, café’s and souvenir shops.
- Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
It is an amazing environmental walk over the canopy to see the dense flora and fauna, the rainforest floor and the native wildlife. There is also an eco information gallery, rock pools and a butterfly lookout.
- Glow Worm Caves
It is a man-made attraction built purposely for the breeding of the Queensland glow-worms. The temperature and moisture are maintained in the cave with the high-pressure misting system. Glow Worm Caves were opened for visitors in the March 2006.
There are many other places to visit on Mount Tamborine markets, village, walk tracks to enjoy the scenic beauty, farmer’s market gathering to sell products directly from farmers. It is a place worth a visit to relax and rejuvenate the soul, mind and body.