History and Overview
Tamborine Mountain is a volcanic plateau with an elevation of about 525 m which is set within the Gold Coast Hinterland. The plateau was formed by lava flowing from the Mount Warning volcano 22 million years ago. Tamborine Mountain rises at the start of the north-east section of the Scenic Rim, a group of mountains in the South East of Queensland. In incorporates several smaller localities including Mount Tamborine, North Tamborine and Eagle Heights.
The area enjoys a cooler climate than the surrounding areas and is a popular destination for retirees and tree changers. It has a generous annual rainfall of about 1550 mm, which falls predominantly over the summer months. It is also a popular tourist destination due to proximity to the Gold Coast (30 min) and Brisbane (60 min). There are a number of tourist activities such as cafes, galleries, a rainforest walk, glow worm cave, distillery, vineyards and a vast number of eateries from an amazing range of countries.
Distillery and lookouts
As per usual we went for a stroll in the Botanic Gardens. This time we used the opportunity to try out Alan's new "Go Go Mobile" as he is finding it increasingly difficult to walk any distance, particularly on uneven ground. The gardens were supposedly wheelchair accessible but this was not quite true as there were steps and some steep slopes that caused the electric motor on the scooter to cut out. We still managed to have a good look around these lovely tropical gardens and were rewarded by a pair of Kookaburras posing for my cameras!