While it’s called Tamborine “Mountain” it isn’t exactly that. In fact, this Gold Coast Hinterland tourist spot is actually a ‘ plateau’ - 8km long, 4km wide, 500m above sea level and boasting 360- degree views.
Sanctuary Cove’s very own fine wine merchant, Corker Cellars, offer in-store wine tastings from 4pm until 7pm, every Friday afternoon. Bring out your inner sommelier as you taste new wines while meeting the winemaker themselves.
A day out to Tamborine is not just about the destination – the journey is equally as interesting. Driving up the mountain, you will stretch your rally-car steering muscle with hairpin turns, tight lanes and ear-popping climbs but the views are ah-mazing. Half way up the mountain (as you approach from the north), be sure to look out for a somewhat hidden rocky outcrop perched precariously above the roadway and shaped like a piano. Locals ensure the piano’s ‘keys’ are always painted to perfection. While contemplating why Mother Nature decided to plop a perfectly smooth, piano-shaped rock on the side of a mountain, spend a minute to also think how the hell someone climbs up there regularly to keep it painted?!
Horse riding, bird watching, glow worm tours, thunder-egg fossicking, fishing, walks and more are all a part of the Tamborine Mountain experience. The other thing you must do while on the mountain is pull up a piece of grass and watch the local hang gliders – they take off from the western side of the mountain most weekends.
For foodies, there are award-winning boutique wineries, breweries and distilleries, a cheese factory as well as a decent supply of fudge and chocolate shops. Another secret eating spot, requiring a little local knowledge, is Birchgrove Nursery. If you can drag yourself away from the fragrant roses and other floral wonders in the nursery, lunch is sorted in the nursery’s Café Alpine. And here’s a hot tip – in the cooler months, make sure you nab the table inside, in front of the wood-burning fire. Bliss. www.birchgrovenursery.com.au