Discover the best top things to do in Tamborine Mountain, Australia including Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Witches Falls Winery, Curtis Falls, Glow Worm Caves, Gallery Walk, Fortitude Brewing Company, Fudge Heaven, Witches Falls Walking Trail, Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre, Castle Glen Cellars.
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4.5 based on 246 reviews
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens is an 11 hectare site encompassing a wide variety of Gardens from Roses, Magnolias, Bromeliads, Orchids, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Natives, to name but a few. With easy walks, plus some that are not suitable for those with walking limitations, you will be able to see the results of 30 years work by a dedicated group of Volunteers. Picnic tables and shelters are available, plus, throughout the Gardens, Contemplative sites, with a seat, enable the visitor to rest and take in the beauty of nature. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, plants that have been propagated at the Gardens are available for sale. The Gardens are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. There is no facility for purchasing food or drink at the Gardens though Gallery Walk, with it's numerous outlets is only a short drive away.
I was there recently, in the morning before it perhaps became crowded.
Simply delightful, wandering around with map in hand, checking out all the plants and trees. Everything clearly signed so you know what’s what. A nice blend of both Temperate and Tropical.
Excellent walking paths meandering here and there, a lovely lake, a Japanese garden, some contemplative sites, a stone bridge, a rainforest walk and some seats and tables scattered about. There are a few steps on some of the paths and some inclines, but not too steep.
Masses of Gardens with flowers like Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Roses, Bromeliads, Hydrangeas, Camellias and Orchids plus many, many more. And too many types of other exotics, native plants and trees to mention.
It’s a good spot for a picnic too with covered tables located just inside the entrance or you can sit on the grass beside the lake. A very pretty and delightful area. Some of the magpies might be looking for a handout.
I believe the Gardens have been established and now maintained by some wonderful volunteers as well as members of the Mount Tamborine Garden Club. What a magnificent job you all do.
The Gardens are open during daylight hours seven days a week.
You can even buy plants there on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 8.30am and 11.30am.
I was there a little over an hour but perhaps you may wish to stay longer to just sit and admire, chill out, take lots of photos or have a cuppa if you bring your Thermos and picnic basket.
For me, the Gardens are a must do when in the region.
4.5 based on 133 reviews
I visited Witches Falls Winery with some friends for a tasting experience. We all found the wine to be wishy washy, acrid and overpriced.
If you are going to have a huge glass wall between the bar and the wine producing room you would, at the very least, ensure what your customers were looking at is pristine. What was on display through the glass was, what can only be described as, a disaster! Plant matter growing from the ceiling, an industrial pressure washer, dirty, grimey and all generally in poor condition. Not good!
Very nice cheeses though.
4.5 based on 178 reviews
South East Queensland has had a bit of rain lately and Curtis Falls is running as good as ever! Take your camera for a run to capture the waterfall from the bottom. Not much wildlife to capture, however found a massive spider waiting patiently beside the walking track! Made my day.
4 based on 505 reviews
Welcome to the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours! During our tours you will experience the results of our ground-breaking conservation project, as we guide you through our spectacular purpose-built cave, filled with thousands of glowing Glow Worms! We offer the only opportunity in Queensland to see Glow Worms during the day, and over the course of 30 minutes, you’ll meet a Glow Worm up close and learn all about their life cycle and behaviour. Our cave features a colony of native Mt. Tamborine Glow Worms, and is part of a long-term breeding program, so your admission helps support and ensure the survival of the species in South East Queensland for future generations!
This is situated at the Cedar Creek Estate (Winery) so there is more to do than just Glow worms. Paid $12 each to go into the Cave with a Guide who explains everything. There is also a video to watch before entering the cave. No photos allowed.
4 based on 260 reviews
Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights on Tamborine Mountain is one of the most established tourist attractions in South-East Queensland. The precinct teems with all kinds of shops, including gifts, souvenir, knick knacks, antiques and so on; alongside restaurants, cafes and art galleries. Judging by the car- and bus- loads of tourists visiting the attraction daily, it is clearly popular. Evidently, tourism promotion has been successful.
In some cases however – as in this case - it is difficult not to feel compelled to take a contrasting view. Gallery Walk was once a quaint village with true charm and ambience, and genuinely friendly vendors (usually owner-operators) offering authentic locally-made produce and craft at reasonable prices. In two decades, it has warped into a principally commercial Enterprise. Not to mention, a busy, hustle-and-bustle place teeming with people and vehicles. Has it lost its relaxed charm and appeal? Most definitely.
Besides tourist numbers can be misleading. The fact that organised tours - especially those from foreign lands - place Gallery Walk on their itinerary does not necessarily mean that the attraction is worthwhile visiting or that it will be a positive experience. Unfortunately many overseas tourists simply do not know any better.
The above said, there are businesses in Gallery Walk that are deserving of accolades for what they do. A few are superb and outstanding, and certainly deserve your patronage. Hats off and every success to them. However there are also those that stock cheap foreign-made products.
Tamborine Mountain is indeed a great place to visit. It has much to offer visitors, especially those involving nature and adventure. It is a location much loved by locals but, as many fear, it is fast becoming a victim of its own success.
If you really are scratching for something to do, by all means visit Gallery Walk. However if you prefer to avoid crowds, there are other features of the Gold Coast hinterland – particularly those that involve nature – that are deserving of your vacation time.
Access from the M1 Pacific Motorway:
Take Exit 57 whether going north or southbound on the M1. Turn towards the west and either (a) go straight into the Tamborine-Oxenford Road Deviation or (b) left into Old Pacific Highway. Then from either, follow the signs onto Tamborine-Oxenford Road. In approximately 20km, turn right into Long Road, aka Gallery Walk. Note that the road is narrow, windy and steep in parts. The drive up from the M1 takes about 40 minutes.
Most shops are open 7 days from 10am to 4pm. Note that some shops are closed either Monday or Tuesday. Best days to visit are therefore Wed to Fri. Weekends are particularly crowded.
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4 based on 118 reviews
Fortitude Brewing Company is Queensland's fastest growing craft brewery, making a range of award winning and innovative beers. Our Cellar Door on Mount Tamborine features a large beer garden and Italian style pizza cafe. Come for a tasting paddle, enjoy a pizza, and take home a flagon, T shirt or cap. Reviewers please note - Fortitude Brewing Company does not operate the bistro and cheese factory co-located on this site. Please do not post reviews of these businesses in our listing.
4.5 based on 42 reviews
So many delicious flavours to choose from, so the hard part is narrowing down what to take home. We settled on the Lemon Meringue Pie, Choc Mint and Rum & Raisin. Lovely service too from a lady who explained the different processes used to make the fudge. We have tried other fudge shops here before and this one is definitely the best. I can see why they have won so many awards.
4.5 based on 29 reviews
Absolutely stunning rainforest walk with beautiful trees and the birds are incredible. Love the witches tree it's huge. A must do activity
4.5 based on 45 reviews
The visitor centre appears to be staffed by a number of wonderful volunteers (an assumption). These volunteers do a wonderful job, always motivated to be helpful and make your visit pleasant and enjoyable. They are warm, friendly and are amazing representatives for this true holiday gem.
5 based on 15 reviews
Tasted Wine and Liqueurs on gallery walk. And was pleasantly surprised and staff wore very friendly no charge for tastes good and no limits for tasting as well I would recommend to every one a very welcoming atmosphere happy to return to this one againThank you! Glad you enjoyed the visit.
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