Australia is a stunning place to live with a seemingly endless list of different sights to visit. Whether you have lived here all of your life or have just discovered the country, there are many places that must be explored. Tamborine Mountain is one of these; it is a quiet, picturesque location just outside of Brisbane, in the Gold Coast hinterland and has a lot to offer its guests. Most notably the rainforest located in one of the world’s oldest national parks, Tamborine National Park. This presents one of the main reasons people visit Tamborine Mountain, as there are a number of walks and sights to see that will offer nature in her rawest form.

If you are a tourist or have just moved to the country then it is likely you don’t have your own vehicle, which can make life a bit difficult when visiting this beautiful destination. There are many different sights to see around Tamborine Mountain with plenty to do, as we found when looking at the TMCC site (Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce). This is a fantastic resource that outlines everything Mount Tamborine has to offer.

Maximising your time here will be essential so having your own vehicle is a must! Alpha Car Hire in Brisbane can help provide you with a vehicle that is fit for this purpose. Our staff will also offer up some suggestions on where to visit, ensuring you get the most out of your visit!

Getting the most out of Tamborine Mountain

Outdoor Adventures

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When you see the beauty that Tamborine Mountain has to offer it is likely you’ll want to spend a lot of your time outdoors, and you won’t be disappointed. Why not take a fully guided rainforest tour? We highly recommend a tour with Southern Cross 4WD Tours they offer a fantastic tour experience that is appropriate for the entire family. Their guides are incredibly knowledgeable of the area, which allows you to get a real feel of the place, uncovering its unique beauty and history. You will learn about how the Aboriginal people that once lived there whilst discovering waterfalls amongst other forest characteristics.

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Perhaps you want to see the scenery from a great height? View all of Tamborine Mountain at its finest in a hot air balloon. The Hot Air Balloon Specialists offer a fantastic experience, offering a service that allows you to enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast before appreciating the wonderful views that are on offer. Can you think of anything better than seeing all of this on a clear summer’s day? Surprise your partner with this romantic gesture that will live long in the memory!

Art galleries/Antiques

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While we highly recommend outdoor activities when visiting Tamborine Mountain, there is also much to see indoors. You should definitely make time to visit The Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery. Arthur Hamblin has built up a sterling reputation for being a leader in Australian Outback art. Unlike many art galleries, you can purchase many of the paintings, allowing you to purchase part of traditional Australian history. Arthur Hamblin’s artwork is truly inspiring and is based on his experiences and people he has met over the years. It really gives a great account of the Australian outback, leaving plenty for the imagination.


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Tamborine Mountain has enough shops to satisfy even the most frantic shopaholics, the Gallery Walk shopping precinct has to be one of the most popular reasons people visit. Whether you like shopping for clothes, jewellery, art or antiques, there are shops to cater for the whole family’s needs! One shop in particular that you have to check out is the famous fudge shop, Fudge Heaven. This is irresistible for those with a sweet tooth, with 40 different flavours to choose from! Even if you don’t plan on buying any, free fudge tasters are offered daily, so why not pop in and have a try, you won’t regret it!

Beauty & Massage

back rubWe all know that retail therapy can be hard work, especially with all of the different shops Tamborine Mountain has to offer, you may be rushed off your feet. So by now, you are probably thinking that you deserve to spoil yourself with some pampering, or perhaps your partner you have just dragged around deserves a reward! Whatever the reason, the professional services offered on Tamborine Mountain will not disappoint. Whether you want to treat yourself to a beauty treatment or have a romantic him & her massage with your partner, they never fail to please.

Eating out

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The dining options Tamborine Mountain offers are truly exceptional, from fine dining restaurants to cafés, you’re sure to find something for any time of the day. If you’re looking for a romantic experience then look no further than the Pethers Rainforest Retreat restaurant. Pethers have an outstanding reputation across Queensland as the dining room is situated with a great view of the rainforest, creating an intimate, beautiful environment.

The breathtaking views are matched with an exquisite menu, offering diners a range of different tastes. Visited before? Well you can vouch for the quality, but it may be worth revisiting, as the menu is frequently updated. If you haven’t visited, then go and see what all of the fuss is about!

Where to stay?

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As you can see, there is plenty to do on Tamborine Mountain and you may find you have some trouble trying to fit everything in on a weekend let alone one day! If you want to make the most and really explore the treats Tamborine Mountain has to offer then why not make a weekend of it? Want to make it a romantic treat for you and your partner? Then earn some brownie points by surprising them with a stay in the Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa. This will offer you a unique experience which will be unlike your standard hotel. It offers sensational views of the rainforest coupled with romantic chalet style villas. Be warned though, you may not want to leave!

What are you waiting for?

We hope this article has given you a taste of what Tamborine Mountain has to offer, as you will now understand, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this incredible location. Whether you are looking for a day out with the family, or a romantic long weekend with your partner, you won’t be short of things to do! Our list has covered only a small proportion of what Mount Tamborine has to offer, if you would like to look into it further then we would strongly recommend looking over the TMCC site. So, what are you waiting for? Go and explore!