What Mountain is That? Tamborine Mountain

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

HEIGHT: APPROX 560M ABOVE SEA LEVEL

LOCATION: TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK

Tamborine Mountain features a 28 square-kilometre plateau 560m above sea level and is home to a thriving community which welcomes visitors.

The Mountain was formed by lava flow from the Mount Warning eruption more than 22-million years ago and is at the north-eastern edge of the Scenic Rim.

Tamborine Mountain is located just over one hour’s drive from Brisbane and less than an hour from the Gold Coast.

Tamborine Mountain by @sonnyroyalphoto

Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s first National Park. Tamborine National Park was declared in 1908 and features a number of walking tracks, outlooks and areas of rainforest, spread across 14 sections on the plateau and surrounding foothills.

The Mountain is a thriving tourist destination with a population of just under 7000 people, and distinct communities are located across the 8km plateau. It offer visitors a range of experiences, including art galleries, gift shops, cafes, wineries and fine dining restaurants.

The Mountain boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit most tastes and budgets.

Cedar Creek Lodges by @cedarcreeklodges

The climate is subtropical and the rich red volcanic soil sustains rich food crops and lush bushland.

The Wangerriburra people are the traditional owners of Tamborine Mountain, and the Wangerriburra people were there tens of thousands of years before white settlement.

Tamborine Mountain was once completely covered by subtropical rainforest, which was cleared for agriculture and timber production when the mountain was opened for selection in 1875.

Tamborine Mountain is home to many beautiful picnic spots and spectacular walking trails.

Hang Gliders Lookout Robert Sowter Park

Hang Gliders Lookout by @christinehsharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

 The most popular walking tracks include the Curtis Falls rainforest track and The Knoll track, which leads to Cameron Falls.

 Camping is not allowed in the Tamborine National Park, however camping and caravan facilities are offered at Thunderbird Park and Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping. Many other styles of accommodation are also offered on the mountain.

BBQ and picnic facilities are available across the mountain. Most have great views and some also feature children’s playgrounds.

Tamborine National Park features wet subtropical rainforest habitat and has been declared as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk by @tamborinerainforestskywalk

The Mountain is home to 10 different types of forest, including subtropical rainforest, wet eucalypt forest and open eucalypt forest.

Tamborine Mountain’s rich alluvial soil produces a bounty of food crops, including avocados, rhubarb and vegetables, which are available from many roadside stalls and The Green Shed market, which is on every Sunday at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds.

Local produce at The Green Shed by @christinehsharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

The name Tamborine is from the local Yugambeh language. It means wild lime and refers to the finger lime trees that grow wild on the mountain. They were eaten as a thirst quencher and were one of the first foods traded to the settlers.