Tamborine Mountain is a staple for visitors when they come to see us. It is only a little over an hour from Brisbane but feels worlds away once you are up in the mountains.
To make the most of the day it’s best to get up and out of Brisbane first thing in the morning. My first stop is to the Polish Place for a coffee and a visit with the birds. Doing my research for this post I found out that the restaurant and residence burned down in a fire in December. According to their Facebook page they are rebuilding the iconic establishment, so I will be sure to keep an eye out for a re-opening date.
Since the Polish Place isn’t an option anymore, I would check out Green Lane Coffee Plantation where you can get a tour of the plantation with your cup of Joe.
After a coffee or your beverage of choice, I would check out one or two of the nearby walking paths or hikes. For a short but scenic rain forest walk with a waterfall picture op, The Curtis Falls track is a good choice for all fitness levels.
During the warmer months, pack your bathers and head down to Cedar Creek Falls. There are two other waterfall hikes- Witches Falls and Cameron Falls that you could also check out. Luckily none of the hikes are too long, so you have time to do more than one if you wish.
If you want to get high up in the trees and don’t mind spending a little money on your walk, there is also the Skywalk as an option. Adult tickets will run you $19.50 and kids 6 and up are $9.50.
After checking out some nature or taking a dip, head up to The Gallery Walk. This is where you can do a bit of shopping, taste some fudge and grab lunch. Fortitude Brewing Company is right there too, if you want to grab a cold one or check out some live music if it’s the weekend. It’s not just a brewery, they have a full menu and a cheese shop (where you can build your own cheese board) and a bonus- it’s kid friendly! There is plenty of space to let the little ones run around and dance to the music while you enjoy a drink or meal.
Another choice for lunch on the Gallery Walk is Mount Tamborine Winery where you can taste a few wines before you eat and then enjoy your meal on the patio.
After seeing the sights and dodging the tourists on the gallery walk, it is time for my favorite activity. Head to Witches Falls Winery for a tasting, throw down a rug and hang out on their picturesque grounds. There are a few other wineries on the mountain, but this is my favorite. It is small, but oozing charm and their cellar door is award winning.
If you are still on the mountain as evening approaches, make sure you stop at one of the many lookouts to catch the sunset before heading back to Brissy.