The Wild and Wonderful Mt. Tamborine
The majestic Tamborine Mountain is tucked perfectly between the seaside hub of the Gold Coast and the bustling city of Brisbane, making it a perfect spot for a weekend getaway or outdoor excursion. As one of Australia's most stunning green spaces, Tamborine National Park is an exciting attraction for just about any type of traveller.
History of Mt. Tamborine
The explanations for this mountain's amazing uprising has a lot to do with its geological positioning. Around 20 to 23 million years ago, a huge shield volcano had an entire series of eruptions that covered the land with hot lava. After the volcano became extinct, rain fell continuously and over time, created the deep rivers, gorges and lush forests that travellers from all over Australia enjoy today.
Tamborine National Park is also Australia's first national park and the third-oldest national park in the world, so it definitely holds a soft spot for many visitors. Robert Martin Collins, a pastoralist who was inspired by Yellowstone National Park - the first national park in the U.S. - in 1878, was eventually elected to parliament and worked for many years to create a park system for Australia, and he finally got his wish in 1908 with Mt. Tamborine.
Fauna and Flora
The park is also one of the most geologically diverse areas in the country. There are 10 different types of forests here, including subtropical rainforests and wet eucalypt forests, so you can expect to see loads of exotic wildlife if you traverse through the area, including pademelons, native butterflies and tree frogs, and land mullets.
Walk among the tree tops
One of the most exciting things to do in the rainforest portion of the park is the discovery skywalk. Here you can explore 300 metres of structured bridge through the top of the canopy, which gives you a bird's eye view of the stunning expanse below. Be sure to bring your camera, because the views from up here are one of a kind.
After a long day of traversing the forest, you may be in need of a little rest and relaxation, and luckily, there are many ways to unwind in nearby Cedar Creek. You can sip and swirl from your pick of more than 100 varietals at the Queensland Wine Centre at Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard, or if brews are more to your liking, you can raise a pint at MT Brewery. The Tamborine Mountain Distillery is also a popular spot for travellers, as it has won more than 260 international awards and the liquors come in beautifully hand-crafted and painted bottles - a perfect souvenir. For those with sweet tooths, Fudge Heaven - the winner for Australia's best fudge from 2005 to 2011 - is a must-do.
Shopping in the mountains? Why not? If you are up for antiquing, Cat n Fiddle is a great place to pick up some one-of-a-kind relics. For art lovers, the Hamblin Art Gallery offers beautiful works for purchase.