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Looking for fun things to do in Mount Tamborine? You will find plenty of great options here! This is the ultimate guide to the best things to do on Tamborine Mountain. Whether you’re looking for a nature fix, some retail therapy or want to enjoy some delicious food and wine, we’ve got you covered.
- The Ultimate Guide To Mount Tamborine
- The Best Things To Do In Mount Tamborine
- Mt Tamborine Walking Tracks
- Places To Visit Near Mount Tamborine
The Ultimate Guide To Mount Tamborine
Mount Tamborine is a beautiful mountain town in Queensland, Australia. It is located just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and makes for the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.
There are plenty of things to do in Mount Tamborine, from exploring the National Park to indulging in some retail therapy at the local markets.
Tamborine Mountain is a popular destination to visit on a day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, as a haven for nature lovers!
The mountain is home to a number of villages, each with its own unique character and attractions.
The main village is North Tamborine and this is where you will find most of the shops, restaurants and cafes. Mount Tamborine National Park covers more than half of the mountain and is a great place for hiking, camping and picnicking.
This guide will help you plan your perfect Mt Tamborine itinerary with fun things to do for families, kids and for adults, whether you are visiting for a day or staying a while.
If you’re in a hurry, here are our top picks for the best things to do:
- Best things to do in Mt Tamborine with kids: Thunderbird Park
- Best nature trails: Cedar Creek Falls
- Best places to eat & drink: Fortitude Brewing
Where is Tamborine Mountain?
Tamborine Mountain is located in the Gold Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. It is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane and around 30 minutes from the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast.
How To Get To Mount Tamborine?
The easiest way to get to Mount Tamborine is by car. This will also make it much easier to get around and explore the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland region. You can hire a car from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, or book a campervan and turn it into a road trip!
There is also a regular bus service from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast that will drop you off at various points on the mountain.
Best Time To Visit Mount Tamborine?
The best time to visit Mount Tamborine is from late Spring through to early Autumn. This is when the weather is milder. It can be a popular place during the cooler months between June and August, but there isn’t a bad time to visit!
Best Places To Stay In Mount Tamborine
There are several different accommodation options on Mount Tamborine, from camping and caravan parks to luxury B&Bs and self-contained apartments.
One of our personal favourites is Wallaby Ridge Retreat at the foot of Mt Tamborine. This beautiful bed and breakfast is an adults-only retreat with an outdoor hot tub and beautiful wallabies that come to visit each afternoon.
Here are some more great options for Mount Tamborine accommodation:
- Camping & Caravan Parks: Thunderbird Park
- Cabins: Cedar Creek Lodges
- Luxury retreat: Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
The Best Things To Do In Mount Tamborine
Now that we’ve got the basics of visiting Mt Tamborine planned, it’s time to plan the fun stuff! Here are our top picks for the best things to do on Mount Tamborine:
Stoll The Gallery Walk
The Gallery Walk is an 800-metre long stretch of road lined with cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries. With more than 70 stores, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring and enjoying some unique retail therapy!
Make sure you stop by Chocolates On Gallery Walk, where you can sample some of their delicious handmade chocolates. Granny Macs Fudge Store is also a must-stop with over 40 flavours of fudge to choose from!
You won’t want to visit Mt Tambo without a cooler or esky to take home some goodies!
The German Cuckoo Clock Nest is another great stop with the famous Bavarian-inspired Chalet that features incredible displays of cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks and watches. This is a rare opportunity to get yourself an authentic German clock without having to leave Australia!
Plan your visit to Australia’s best chocolate factories and tasting experiences.
Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain
The Glow Worm Caves are a fun thing to do on Mt Tamborine with kids! Our last visit was with a toddler who thought it was pure magic!
These magical man-made caves are home to thousands of glow worms that light up the darkness with their bioluminescent bodies. During a tour, your guide leads you through the rainforest boardwalk and through the cave with guaranteed sightings no matter the time of day.
There is also a self-guided insect and frog exhibit included with your glow worm experience.
The Glow Worm Caves are located in Tamborine Mountain at Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery.
You can also book a glow-worm night tour to Curtis Falls if you want to see a naturally occurring glow worm cave.
Thunderbird Park is one of the top things to do on Mt Tamborine with kids with a huge range of activities!
Located at Cedar Creek Falls, this fun-filled park has something for everyone with heaps of different activities and attractions. Their claim to fame is being the biggest adventure park in Australia!
There is a high ropes course, ziplines, a funfair, mini-golf, laser skirmish plus loads more. The two most popular attractions at Thunderbird Park are the Treetop Challenge and fossicking for thunder eggs.
At the adventure park, you will find a high rope course challenge, canyon flyer tour and kid-friendly high ropes course so the younger kids don’t have to miss out on the fun!
At the Thunderegg Crystal Mine, you can fossick for thundereggs in the world’s largest thunderegg mine or you can go panning for crystals. Both are fun activities to do with kids and you might get to take home some very cool treasures!
There is a range of accommodation on the site also, from basic cabins to more contemporary lodging, campsites and glamping options since there’s enough to fill a couple of days just spending your time here.
Hang Gliding & Paragliding
Mt Tamborine is one of the most popular spots in Australia for hang gliding and paragliding with incredible views over the Gold Coast skyline and Hinterland.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, then this is definitely something to add to your Mt Tamborine bucket list!
There are a few different companies that offer tandem flights so you can experience the rush of take-off, flying and landing without having to do any of the hard work yourself!
Mt Tamborine Botanic Gardens
The Mt Tamborine Botanic Gardens is one of the most picturesque places in the area, with open grassy areas, and over 11 hectares of garden areas.
The gardens are home to an incredible array of native and exotic plants, as well as a stunning waterfall and pond. There is also a Japanese garden and rose garden here. The gardens are open every day and entry is free!
This is one of the best places to enjoy a picnic in Mt Tamborine, especially if you picked up some delicious local produce, cheese and sweets from your Gallery Walk. Bring your picnic blanket or set up at one of the many picnic tables.
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is one of the most popular things to do on Mount Tamborine. It consists of 300-metres of elevated walkways that take you through the rainforest canopy.
There are also several lookout points along the way where you can stop and take in the stunning views of the lush rainforest and learn about the ecosystem and wildlife.
The total rainforest walk is around 1.5km of paths, bridges and suspended trails, including a 40-metre cantilever bridge that sits 30 metres above the rainforest floor.
The visit takes around an hour if you take your time to enjoy the scenery and there is a cafe to stop at for morning tea or lunch after you finish.
Watch our Skywalk video to see our recent experience:
Visit The Wineries
Mt Tamborine is home to some of the best wineries in Queensland! With beautiful views and award-winning wines, it’s the perfect place to spend a day (or two!) wine tasting and enjoying the scenery.
Some of the most popular are Witches Falls Winery, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Castle Glen and Albert River Wines. But you will find plenty more wine tasting opportunities in North Tamborine and the surrounding region.
It’s a little further away, around 35 minutes from Mt Tamborine, but O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards is a favourite of ours. Not only do they have delicious wines, yummy food and beautiful grounds to enjoy a picnic, but you can also do an alpaca walk! There is no greater joy than having your own alpaca buddy for a while!
Grab A Brewery Tasting Paddle
Mt Tamborine is also home to several craft breweries, so if you’re a beer lover, this is the place for you!
Fortitude Brewing is one of the best South East Queensland microbreweries and cellar door and we almost always stop here for a meal, paddle (for Simon) or some takeaways when we are visiting. They brew both Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers on site.
They often have live music on weekends and you can either grab food from the brewery or grab a cheese platter from Witches Chase Cheese.
Bearded Dragon Hotel at the foothills of Mount Tambourine is another great place to visit and grab a tasting paddle. They offer their own brews and lots of other varieties too and it’s a really cool Aussie pub icon.
Visit The Markets
Visitors come from afar each month to visit the Tamborine Mountain Country Markets, which are run on the second Sunday each month at the Mt Tamborine showgrounds.
The Green Shed Produce Market is a farmers’ market held every Sunday at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds from 7 am to noon.
Witches Chase Cheese Factory
Witches Chase Cheese Factory is a working cheese factory where you can see the cheese being made and then sample and buy some of their delicious products. You will find Witches Chase at Fortitude Brewing, making it a perfect opportunity to pair with local beer (or wine)
We never leave Mt Tambourine without some cheese to take home! The Tamembert is a favourite. Their version of camembert.
Hit The Distilleries
Mt Tamborine is also famous for its distilleries and there are several to choose from!
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is the most well-known and they offer tastings of their unique liqueurs and spirits. You can book a tasting for $8 per person or enjoy a full tour experience of the distillery instead. They also have a 1930’s inspired cocktail bar and a restaurant on site where you can enjoy a meal.
Cauldron Distillery is another great option if you love gin! They even have a gin-making class if you want to learn what goes into making your favourite spirit. They also have a restaurant.
Book a distillery and winery tour of Mount Tamborine.
Dine With A View
You will have no trouble finding some great meals when you visit Mount Tamborine, but even better is the perfect location you may find yourself dining, with great views across the mountain!
Some popular places to dine with a view are St Bernards Hotel, The Polish Place and Cedar Creek Estate Restaurant.
You will find a lot of European influences in the food and architecture of Tambourine Mountain also, which adds to the appeal during your day trip or longer stay.
Mt Tamborine Walking Tracks
There are plenty of walking tracks to explore on Mt Tamborine and you can easily spend a day (or two) exploring the area.
Tamborine Mountain National Park is one of the largest national parks in South East Queensland and was also declared Queensland’s first national park back in 1907.
Here you will find many different walking tracks and trails to suit all levels of difficulty, from short walks with the kids to longer full-day treks.
One of the most popular is the Curtis Falls track, which is a moderate 1.1km return loop that takes around 30 minutes to complete. The track winds through the rainforest and passes by the stunning Curtis Falls before returning to the car park. There are a few steps to walk on this route though so be prepared for this one the way back.
Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls is an easy-grade walk off of Cedar Creek Falls Road. The Cedar Creek Falls lookout track is a 500m return walk and takes around 15 minutes.
Otherwise, it is a 30-minute return trip to the rock pools with stairs on the return walk. The pools are a great spot to cool off during the summer months too!
Some other popular hiking trails in Tamborine National Park include:
- The Knoll section (Cameron Falls)
- MacDonald section
- Palm Grove circuit
- Witches Falls circuit
- Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Places To Visit Near Mount Tamborine
If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re on the Mountain, you won’t struggle to find options. The Gold Coast Hinterland… and the Gold Coast itself are both on the doorstep of this beautiful mountain range!
Here are some ideas of other places to visit from Mount Tamborine:
- Lamington National Park
- Springbrook National Park
- Natural Arch Scenic Reserve
- Gold Coast – check out our guide to the best things to do on the Gold Coast
- Northern NSW
Is It Mount Tamborine Or Tamborine Mountain?
Technically speaking, Mount Tamborine is the name of the volcanic plug that the mountain and surrounding area sits on. However, over time the two names have become interchangeable and are used to refer to both the mountain and village interchangeably. So, if you hear someone say they’re headed to Mount Tambourine or Tamborine Mountain, they’re talking about the same place!
Can you drive up Mount Tamborine?
Yes, you can drive up to the top of Mount Tamborine! There are a few different ways to get to the top. As with any mountain drive, take care, especially after or during heavy rain.
Was Tamborine Mountain a volcano?
Yes, Mount Tamborine was formed by a now-extinct giant shield volcano in the Mount Warning area of northern New South Wales! It erupted around 23 million years ago and eventually formed the mountain landscape we see today.
There is no shortage of things to do on Tamborine Mountain. Whether you’re a wine lover, foodie or just love nature and hiking, there’s something for everyone. We’ve listed just a few of our favourites here, but there is plenty more to do in the Scenic Rim beyond beautiful Mount Tamborine!
Have you been to Mount Tamborine? What are your favourite things to do there? Let us know in the comments below!
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