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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.

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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

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