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10 Best Things To Do Mount Tamborine

Mount Tamborine History

Mount Tamborine has a very interesting history that spans back millions of years, it it is  a former crater rim of a volcanic explosion that happened about 22 Million years ago. It is based around cluster of three villages that have settled on the mountain ridge over the past years.

Making up one part of the area the Scenic Rim, for which Mount Tamborine is known as the gateway. The Scenic Rim is the name given to a mountain range in that region.

The high altitude of the mountain  has given it a very pleasant climate which supports coffee plantations, avocado farms and kiwi orchards. Which are all known to be week produced in the area.

10 Best Things To Do In Mount Tamborine

We take a look the 10 best things to do on the beautiful Mount Tamborine. Only 45 minutes drive from the center of the Gold Coast and a complete contrast to the lively nature of the coast.

Lush green dense forest, unreal views and a sense if peace and tranquility makes Mount Tamborine a sought after retreat to escape.

Add to that, boutique shops, wineries, restaurants and  waterfalls  are just some of the things Mount Tamborine are known for.

So here we go here is our op 10 list of the best things to do in Mount Tamborine.

Go See Curtis Falls

One of Queenslands finest waterfalls. With its stunning short but beautiful walk to the falls through lush rainforest and with only the sounds of the whip birds in the background.

Once at the falls there is a viewing deck in place for protection of the falls and for viewing purposes.

For preservation purposes no swimming up and around the falls is allowed.

Curtis Falls

Visit Mason Wines

A  great little boutique winery tucked away out  in a quiet area out the back of North Tamborine lies Mason Wines.

With tasting rooms and restaurant for your pleasure. We can highly recommend the food its certainly one of the top restaurants on the mountain, with small tasting plates perfect to pair a few wines with.

Buy wines to take with you or arrange delivery. A great variety, we love the very light picnic red very easy to drink.

Go See The German Cuckoo Clock Shop

One of the most unique shops on Mount Tamborine is the German  cuckoo shop. With a vast range of clocks available from the small ornamental ones to the giant Grandfather Clocks, which are fantastic.

German Cuckoo shop on Tamborine Mountain

Delivery can be arranged all over the world, you certainly wouldn’t want to be carry one of the grandfather clocks away with you.

Great owners who are particularly helpful and also willing to help with information, deliveryand all questions.

Top Tip: be prepared for noise with the amount of clocks they are always chiming, best not to have sore head, unlike myself.

Go Climbing At Thunderbird Park

An adventure park on the heart of the mountain, and it’s main attraction is the tree top challenge. High in the trees an assortment of obstacles, zip lines and challenges. Great for kids, families and adults alike, to do the full challenge it can take a couple of hours so be prepared.

The park also has on site camping and dining and a host of evening entertainmet.

Taste Some Cheese At The Tamborine Cheese Company

Straight away I must say try the triple cream brie its delicious. You can try all the cheeses before you buy. All produce  made on site.

Speciality platters can also be made up to take away or to enjoy with a drink in the adjacent brewery Fortitude Brewery.

Stay At Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Set amongst the dense rainforest off the beaten track, Pethers brings style, fun and relaxation all in one.

As a kid I always had a dream of staying in a tree house. And at Pethers this comes true.

10 unique large tree houses complete with log fires, floor to ceiling windows and spa baths surrounded by glass looking out onto the rainforest floor.

On site farm to plate restaurant, and morning delivery of breakfast baskets with fresh and local produce.

Pethers rainforest retreat tree house

Walk The Witches Falls Track And See The Falls

The Witches Falls has a 3km round trip walking track to the falls, a suitable amount of fitness would be good as it ha a bit of a climb with steps.

Arrival at the falls has viewing deck and the most unbelievable view as far as the eye can see over mountains and lush rainforest

See The View And Have A Drink At Eagle Heights Mountain Resort

Just before you make the top of Mount Tamborine, you come across  Eagle Heights Mountain Resort. Enjoy a drink and a bit to eat and take a look at the stunning view back over the Gold Coast below.

A perfect setting for a wedding or a get together capture some stunning and memorable photos.

Eagle Heights Mountain Resort

Go Watch The Paragliding Off The Mountain

At the weekends out the back of North Tamborine you can watch the local paragliders set off on there flights.

One by one they set off west into the distance, to sit and watch them jumping off the side of the hill is fascinating and a great way to spend a morning.

Taste Some Beers At Fortitude Brewery

Fortitude brewey is situated at the end of gallery walk in the Eagle Heights part of Mount Tamborine.

With beer tasting boards and a fine selection to choose from, a pizzeria with beautiful homemade pizzas and wander inside and watch through the glass windows and see the factory at work churning out the beers.

This Brewery made it into our 3 Top Craft Breweries On The Gold Coast list.

Tasting selection Fortitude Brewery

Getting There

When travelling northbound from the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is 36km from Southport via the Pacific Highway exit 57 then following the Oxenford–Tamborine Road or alternatively just 28km from Nerang exit 71via the Nerang–Beaudesert Road, turning off and following Henri Robert Drive.

Travelling south from Brisbane, take exit 35 at Beenleigh and continue on state route 92 the Beaudesert – Beenleigh Road, for a more scenic drive. Alternatively similarly as from the Gold Coast exit at exit 57 and follow the Oxenford -Tambirine Road.

Unfortunately Mount Tamborine currently has no public transport links and driving by car is the main way of accessing the mountain.

The Gold Coast

As we said it’s just a short 45 minute drive to the center of the Gold Coast, with it’s host of cafes, restaurants and large amount of things to do and see. It’s certainly well worth adding these two together on a visit and having the best of both worlds.

Thunderbird Park Tamborine Mountain

Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird park is an adventure park and camping site on the highly popular Tamborine Mountain.

A great place to kids and well as your about to find out adults like us also.


The Thunderbird park is situated on Tamborine Mountain about 40 minutes from either Brisbane or the Gold coast. and can be enjoyed either as a day tip of an overnight camping stay.

What’s At The Park

Thunderbird park has a whole lot of activities to enjoy, for all ages and abilities.

Treetop Challenge

The famous treetop challenge Australia’s largest, a obstacle course through the trees supported in a harness. Swing from tree to tree climb high, enjoy ziplines and much more. Courses ranging from easy to hard making it accessible to all.

The ultimate fun for both adult and child, a real adrenaline pumping adventure. I finished it and really wanted to go again and again.

Horse Riding

Take a horse ride through the rainforest and see the beauty Tamborine Mountain has to offer on the back of a horse. This is available for children and adults.

Mini Golf

it a whole lot of fun a great course which even has three levels. beginner, intermediate or professional.

Thunderegg Crystal Mine

You can find your own treasures from prehistoric volcanic lava in the largest thunder egg mine. Great fun for all the family

Camping and caravans

There are caravan, camping, bush lodges and bunkhouse (bunkhouse only for groups) to chose from and stay and make a few days of it with the family.

Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in this great setting a selection of share plate style food for you to enjoy.

Rainforest restaurant

The Terrace Kiosk

Serving healthy snacks, bites and pizzas great place for a break during the day to recharge and get you going again.

Is it worth it ??

It sure is we would certainly recommend, its great fun with the family or like we did went as a couple or even group and well we had the best time. Maybe me a bit more, but it really did bring us back to our childhood.

And now we have children ourselves would certainly take advantage of the facilities and stay.

Thanks for stopping by as always its been a pleasure sharing.

Tamborine Mountain where the park lies has so much going on, like Curtis Falls, Eagle Heights and the many many wineries around.

Thunderbird Park is a great day out and is a must, check out what Thunderbird offers

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Things to do in Eagle Heights Mount Tamborine

Mount Tamborine & Eagle Heights

Mount Tamborine in a mountain town 30kms outside the Gold Coast and 60 kms from Brisbane. It is part of the Scenic Rim Region south east Queensland. It is roughly a 28km squared metre plateau and is a major tourist region in this part of Australia. After the scenic drive up the mountain the first port of call on Mount Tamborine is Eagle Heights or known as Gallery Walk. A long street suitably named long road is full of boutique shops, restaurants, wineries, fudge shops, and even a brewery and cheese factory.

Gallery walk map

Things to do in Eagle Heights Mount Tamborine

As mention Eagle Heights is packed full of boutique shops with some great and quirky places to wander and look around.

We have picked our favourite Eagle heights shops

German Cuckoo Clock Shop

This is one place we always take people. Now it’s not a place to go with a headache as there are like 200 clocks going off simultaneous.

It has a massive range from small clocks to huge grandfather clocks, with prices from a few hundred to thousands it’s a great place to see and have a wander.

They deliver all over the world and are renowned for top quality clocks.

The Cuckoo Clock Shop

Tamborine Tea

Tea lovers will love this place, a huge range of teas and accessories locally sourced and of course delicious.

A range of coffees are also available we loved the hazelnut scented one was amazing.

There was lovely english lady named Suzie working there was also fantastic, we only went there 3 times over a 2 year period but she remembered us on all visits and could even tell what we did for work. Customer service like this is hard to come by these days.

This is certainly a number one stops when looking around the Eagle Heights shops.

Tamborine Tea

Fudge Heaven

Fudge Heaven ha the most amazing array of fudge, with so many different flavours to choose from and even have an adult only range with liquor fudge.

The shop ships around the world and with great shelf life offer a perfect give for any holidaymaker.

What can we say chocolate heavan in this tiny little shop. All made fresh and on site out of there own little kitchen making it a unique and fresh choice.

With a wide selection of chocolates to choose from, including build your own gift boxes and specialty giftware. Another perfect place to find the perfect gift.

Castle Glen

Wines, liqueurs and ciders sold inside a castle what more could you ask for. Unfortunately the castle was only built a few yeas ago so no long lasting history behind it however its a great concept. A great selection to choose from with ample variety of of all brands.

Castle Glen can also pride itself on it’s products being chemical and preservative free , giving more of a reason for it to be a popular spot.

Summit Diecast Cars

Model car fans this is for you. A selection of recent and old model cars. Some very collectable items and an owner who certainly knows his stuff and it happy to discuss and help in any way.

If you are into model cars this is a great little spot to wonder round and find yourselves a treat.

Cheese and Beer Factory

Witches Chase cheese factory and the Fortitude Brewery make up an epic venue at the bottom of the street of Eagle Heights.

Witches chase cheese has a selection of homemade cheeses. All available to Taste before you buy.

We always went head over heels for the triple cream brie make sure you try its so so creamy and delicious.

Witches chase cheese also does up cheese platter to either takeaway or to have with a drink from the brewery. We often pick some up for our Airbnb stays on the mountain.

Fortitude brewery situated right next to the cheese factory is a working factory with bar for you to try there beers. You can buy drinks individually or the famous paddle where you choose 4 beers in tester size.

Also available is a selection of wines and a full pizza menu to choose from and i can honestly say are delicious.

Put these two venues together and add live music at the weekends it is a great spot to unwind on a weekend.

The Brewery and Cheese Factory

Places to Eat, Eagle Heights and Surrounding

Mount Tamborine is full of different cuisines to chose from.

We have ate many times at the brewery (they do the best pizzas) but we also have indulged in a few others.

Firstly we love Clancys, a traditional Irish restaurant in North Tamborine. We would go up in winter and have the beef stews and potato skins which are always delicious. And for the wife very homely and bringing back the roots.

Clancys Irish Restuarant

Secondly would be Spice of life café a tasty and busy café in the heart of North Tamborine. Serving wholesome home cooked food nothing to fancy but tasty food.

A couple of highly regarded restaurants would be Three Little Pigs, Pethers Rainforest Retreat, George’s Paragon seafood and Hickory . We haven’t had the priveldge to try but would love to.

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Pethers Rainforest Retreat Mount Tamborine

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Ever had those dreams as a kid of sleeping in a tree house well now you can, because at Pethers Rainforest Retreat Mount Tamborine far into the mountains of the Gold Coast Hinterland lies one of Australia’s hidden gems.

Set amongst the dense rainforest of the beaten track, Pethers brings style, fun and relaxation all in one.

The 10 appointed tree houses in this secluded retreat designed exclusively for comfort, and luxury all designed the same. With careful planning in positioning, giving you ultimate privacy, peaceful surroundings and tranquility.

Pethers really is a place to unwind and wash away any stress. It is also designed exclusively for adults, it is a child free zone making it a perfect for setting for your romantic getaway.


Located in the beautiful Mount Tamborine and just 5 minute drive off the main strip of North Tamborine down a tight and narrow road, just off by the Geiessman Oval.

The Tree Houses

After a windy short walk through a rainforest path you arrive at your designated tree house, you get a real sense of being out in the wild. I was shocked at the size they looked huge and the excitement really crept in.

( Have to add here I lost all but one photo of Pethers so therefore have had to borrow most) I promise we did go.

The tree house

The Room @ Pethers Rainforest Retreat

When you enter the tree house it is all one big room and it is huge, and I mean huge.

The first thing you see is the back and is just one giant floor to ceiling glass. in fact the windows are 5 metres high, looking out onto the rainforest. No curtains, therefore generating so much light during the day and in the morning you wake up to the sun rising.

To the left is a log burning fire, sweeping round to a lounge area and across the way a small kitchenette. Following around the room as you take a step up into the raised area where you find the large and believe me comfortable king size bed. Over o the far right corner is a en suite.

The best part of this room though was to the side of the bed, where a large alcove sticks out with Jacuzzi and its own floor to ceiling window, meaning you can kick back and look out onto the lush rainforest. And of course crack open a bottle of bubbly.

The final part of the tree house is the stunning balcony which really make you feel like you are in the rainforest. Its a great spot to unwind with a drink or two and in the morning it makes the perfect breakfast spot.

You will often see kangaroos and brush turkeys wandering around the rainforest floor, just going about there day. The sounds of the whip birds and kookaburras give a relaxing pleasant setting.

The Food @ Pethers

Pethers is known for its great food. Award winning and all locally sourced from Tamborine Montain or within the Scenic Rim you know the food will be top quality.

We never had the opportunity to dine in the restaurant but from friends and online reviews we undoubtable would say the food will be top draw.

The breakfast at Pethers is sensational hand delivered in the mornings in a picnic basket. Featuring local products like jams, pastries, cereals and even handmade made quiches and breads. Served with fresh coffee and teas a great start to the day, to enjoy on the Balcony.

On arrival we were also treated to a bottle of champagne and cheese platter, this was pre arranged, so I wouldn’t expect this all the time. You can choose something on the Pethers site.


Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a perfect getaway to unwind, relax and just enjoy the peace and quiet within the rainforest of Mount Tamborine.

Why not add a Massage or Picnic package to your stay to enhance your stay.

Tie this in with a trip to Witches Falls or Curtis Falls to enhance your stay and see some of the beauty Tamborine has to offer. Or why not try the boutique shops of Eagle Heights.

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Curtis Falls Tamborine Mountain Waterfall

Curtis Falls Tamborine Mountain Waterfall

Set in the tropical Tamborine Mountain is the beautiful Curtis Falls waterfall and the Curtis Falls walking track. This Tamborine Mountain waterfall is one of the most popular and attractive waterfalls.

Tamborine Mountain a short 40 minute drive from the center of the Gold Coast and has a number of hotspots and a completely contrasting world compared to a city known for parties, beach and fun. Making it a popular retreat with tourists and locals alike to escape the busy city life..

The waterfall is situated between Eagle Heights and North Tamborine and consists of roughly 1 km round trip to the falls. With an elevation of 54 metres.

The Start

Enter the the walk and straight into a world of towering gum trees, Eucalyptus and a ever cool lush rainforest. Broken trees and and only the sound of distant whipbirds make for a peaceful and tranquil visit a truly enchanting walk.

The walk down to the falls is a beautiful flowing track through this lush environment. Well maintained tracks and handrails there to make the trek easier.

Note: As mentioned the track is elevated but not steep it suits most people apart from strollers and wheelchairs as there are parts which involve steps. But overall would class as a easy walk.

You may find platypus, turtles and even the famous east coast Brush Turkey on this trip. In fact there are always plenty of the Brush Turkeys around. these birds otherwise known as scrub turkeys are common on the west coast of Australia. They are black in colour with red beaks and is only one of three species to inhabit Australia.

At The Waterfall

After the short 1 km walk you arrive at the falls, access into the falls and surrounding rock pools is restricted in order to protect the landscape, however a viewing platform for a great angle and picture opportunity is available.

The waterfall seems to have a constant flow we went on a particularly dry month and as you can see below, was still full of water.

From the falls the stream of water runs off into the distance streams through the lush dense rainforest. To the front of the falls is a rockpool and surrounding waters running off down stream.


As you can tell by the short post this isn’t a trip to kill a few hours with its a quick round trip to catch a glimpse of this beautiful waterfall. and move on to the next adventure Tamborine Mountain has to offer. Another hit for waterfall lovers would be the Witches Falls waterfall in North Tamborine, only 5 minute drive from Curtis Falls.

On your return to the car park there is a café and picnic areas for you to refresh and ponder over your snaps.

Local recommendations

If the cafe doesn’t take your fancy a short drive to Eagle Heights where an abundance of cafes and restaurants to delve over.

One of our favorite’s is the Fortitude brewery serving there own beer made on sight and fantastic list of homemade pizzas. Also on the same site is the Witches Chase cheese factory, the do tailor made cheese platters for you to bring over and enjoy your beers or local wines. At the weekends local musicians are also laid on for your entertainment.

Top Tip: Make sure you try the Witches Chase triple cream brie, even to this day i have never tasted a better brie.

Fancy looking over what these guys do here is a link to there sites Fortitude Brewing Company and Witches Chase Cheese Company

Another local attraction full of fun is the treetop challenge at Thunderbird Park. A great day out with friends or the family.

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