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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson January 22, 2014 - 4,534 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #queensland  #rainforest  #adventure  #bushwalking  #familyfriendly  #GoldCoast  #retreats  #daytrips  #rockpools  #horseriding 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tamborine National Park

     

    Mt Tamborine is a 28 square kilometre plateau in the Scenic Rim of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Located just under 60 minutes south east of Brisbane, it's close enough for a satisfying day trip to rainforests and all that they bear. For those staying at the coastal city, the Gold Coast, it's just under 50 minutes away.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Cedar Creek rock pools, Tamborine National Park

     

    This lush rainforest area dominated by National Park and residences elevated on escarpments, is a great place to visit for families with children and teenagers. And unsurprisingly the quiet and serene surrounds – mountain views, lush forest, swimming holes, wineries, quiet cafes – makes for a romantic getaway for couples.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gallery Walk 

     

    Mt Tamborine is really a place where you can give up all the responsibilities and stimulation of urban living. Instead you can replace it with space to think, time to reflect; explore, reconnect with nature, and get the adrenalin pumping.

     

     

    Tamborine National Park

     

    For adventure activities, Thunderbird Park is a convenient one-stop and has the most impressive structures of the mountain. The high ropes course, called the TreeTop Challenge (formerly known as Adventure Parc), offers high ropes, off-ground obstacles and flying foxes. You'll be laughing at the absurdity of wobbling, jumping and sliding amongst the treetops, in order to beat the weird and wonderful obstacles or truly challenge your body and willpower on the hardest leg of the course. At Thunderbird Park you'll also find the Treetop challenge for an exhilarating dose of flying foxes.

     

    TreeTop Challenge @ Thunderbird Park  

     

    My tip is to visit the Thunderbird Park Horse Riding & Equestrian Centre. Happy horses, cared for by Garry, put you at ease. You can choose between the ½ hour Trail Ride or the 1 hour Bush Ride. I did the Bush Ride that takes you through the beautiful rainforest of the Cedar Creek region. The track is narrow and slightly winding but pay attention to steering and you'll be fine. Pony rides are available for the kids.

     

     

    Tamborine National Park

     

    Tamborine National Park 

     

    Tamborine National Park

     

    Bush walking is a must when visiting Mt Tamborine. There are many sections of the National Park to explore and the tracks are pretty tame, so they're suitable for all ages; some tracks have wheelchair restrictions. The rainforest is diverse and offers a proportion of towering trees. To walk amongst the middle and upper canopies of some of the tallest trees take the Skywalk, that takes you along a steel structure.

     

    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

     

    Cedar Creek rock pools, Tamborine National Park 

     

    Search the National Park for waterfalls, such as Curtis Falls, or the popular Cedar Creek rock pools. The Cedar Creek rock pools are popular with families and groups for sun-baking and swimming. Enclosed by rock face, with views of the Cedar Creek Falls and the sound of the creeks flowing waters, it's a must visit oasis.  

     

    Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

     

    Gallery Walk

     

    At Mt Tamborine you'll also find a lot of cafes, quirky shops and themed eateries. Check out Gallery Walk, where you'll find all these things along the one street. Mt Tamborine has several wineries and a cheese factory. If you don't make it to these you can sample the regions produce at a cafe or restaurant. Other drawcards include a distillery and brewery. 

     

    Long Road, including Gallery Walk 

     

    Visiting during the week offers quiet roads and empty bush tracks, but trading hours for shops, restaurants, bars and wineries are restricted during the week. Early to mid-week you'll struggle to find a restaurant or bar open past 5 or 6pm. Clancy's Irish Bar & Restaurant is an exception, worthy of mention. The food is tasty and heart-warming, the surrounds quirky and comfortable, and the hospitality top-notch. Most bars and restaurants are open late Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

     

     

    Words and images by Jennifer Anderson

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