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Buckle Up, Here’s How To Have The Ultimate Road Trip To Tamborine Mountain

By Victoria Patapan
13th May 2020

A creek running through a shady rainforest.

There’s no doubt about it: Tamborine Mountain is one of Queensland’s greatest treasures. Nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, this stunning region is part of the iconic Scenic Rim, where natural beauty meets country charm. A trip to Tamborine will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated as you explore everything there is to do on the mountain. We’re talking everything from stacks of sweet fudge to nature walks and a rich bottle of red to remind you of your journey. So pop on some tunes, fill up the tank and buckle up for an idyllic adventure to the mountain.

First Stop: Breakfast In Tamborine

No good road trip can truly begin without a good breakfast, so swing into Wild Plum Kitchen to start your day off right with some of the best food on the mountain. Right now, you can get a bacon and egg bagel to go that will provide you with all the sustenance you need for the busy day ahead—and of course, get caffeinated with coffee as well. If you want some snacks for the road, take a short walk up to Granny Macs for what many have pegged as the best fudge in the world. Sure, it sounds like a big call, but when you’ve been making fudge for over 23 years, it’s bound to be pretty darn good. 

Second Stop: Witches Falls Walk 

Now that your waistband is threatening to burst at the seams, it’s time to get to work burning off some of those calories. While there are plenty of other scenic walks to take in Tamborine National Park, a few are currently closed, so check here for updates. Currently open, the Witches Falls circuit is suitable for just about everyone, provided you have at least a little bushwalking experience. The walk starts just beyond the Tamborine commemorative shelter, about five minutes’ drive from town. Best seen after rainfall, the circuit winds past seasonal lagoons, banksia trees and giant strangler figs. 

Third Stop: Lunch And Boozy Shopping

Having worked up a sweat, you’ll no doubt be ready for lunch—who are we kidding, we’re always ready for lunch, sweat or no sweat. While there’s no word yet on when they’ll be reopening for dining in, Fortitude Brewing is still open for takeaway pizzas and beers (for anyone who’s not driving, of course), and you might even be able to grab some cheese from Witches Chase Cheese next door. More of a pie person? Mt Tamborine Vineyard and Winery are baking pies daily, and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to try their chunky steak and shiraz. In terms of wine, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of their classic homestead sweet red—but maybe grab a couple of bottles to take home, since you came all this way.   

Since you’re back in town, it would be rude not to stroll up to Tamborine Mountain Distillery. The distillery’s reputation has grown steadily over the past 25 years as a result of winning over 300 prestigious international awards. Normally we’d say head to their tasting room to sample four liqueurs and a spirit of your choice for $5, but for now, while tastings are off the cards, you can pick up a home tasting pack for a cool $50. Just wait until you get home to crack into it.

Fourth Stop: Palm Grove Circuit 

A little bit rougher than the Witches Falls walk, the Palm Grove circuit will get you up close and personal with the rainforest. Just over three minutes’ drive from the town centre (or a short walk if you had a beer at lunch), you’ll find dedicated parking at the start of the circuit on Palm Grove Avenue. The track begins just past the picnic area, where you’ll be treated to a grove of piccabeen palms. The circuit is only 2.7km return, so take it slow and enjoy your time in the cool, fresh air before heading back to town.  

Last Stop: Stay For Dinner 

If you want to stick around just a little longer, there’s plenty of eateries around to grab an early dinner at, as the mountain slowly reopens for business. Our recommendation? Hickory, in Tamborine North, where you’ll find seriously drool-worthy slow cooked BBQ fare to give you a full belly for the drive home. Of course, if you decide to stay, you will need to make a booking in advance wherever you opt for.

Of course, Tamborine Mountain is renowned for things to do like the glow worm caves (reopening 12 June), rainforest skywalk and incredible walks to Cedar Creek and Curtis Falls. Thanks to coronavirus, these incredible attractions are temporarily closed to the public, but here’s hoping they open up soon, along with all the amazing accommodation options that will mean a weekend away is possible. In the meantime, just keep checking individual websites for updates.

Planning ahead? Here’s where to go glamping when lockdown eases further. 

Image credit: QuickStartProjects

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