Tamborine Mountain

The Tamborine district is a hilly plateau that is a northern spur of the McPherson Range. Much of it is preserved as national park and it forms part of the 'scenic rim' of the Gold Coast. The plateau is approximately 10 km from north to south, and about half that from east to west. Tamborine Mountain is an idyllic oasis comprised of three heritage communities: Mount Tamborine, North Tamborine and Eagle Heights. The Tamborine Mountain communities stretch along the McPherson Range, offering spectacular views to the valleys below and the impressive high-rises of the Gold Coast.

Location: Mount Tamborine is a locality to the south, 20 km due west of Southport. The plateau is 50 km south of central Brisbane, and its highest point (550 metres), known as Mount Tamborine, is a few kilometres west of North Tamborine.

It is thought that the name (at first spelt Tambourine) was derived from an Aboriginal expression relating to the escarpment or referring to yams growing there. Tamborine Mountain provides many opportunities for holiday enjoyment. Explore the beautiful Tamborine Mountain National Park with its cascading waterfalls, rainforest walking tracks and remarkable coastal vistas.

Tamborine Village

A rural/residential district midway between Beenleigh and Beaudesert. The village is at the intersection of the Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road and Tamborine Mountain Road, about two km south of the Albert River. Several of the river's tributary creeks flow through Tamborine. Today's Tamborine Village can be reached from Waterford by crossing the Albert River at Plunkett Bridge. The first buildings to be seen are the hall, the old Tamborine school building and a library in the Old School Reserve. At the cross roads, there are St Mary's Catholic Church, a recreation reserve, shops and a post office.


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Tamborine Mountain attracted a number of writers and artists, contributing to a local feeling for the preservation of natural landscape. At various intervals from the 1920s to the 1960s, lands were donated and reserved for national parks. Proximity to the Gold Coast provoked a proposal for a theme park in 1979, replete with a fiberglass avocado and miniature train. Local residents opposed the scheme, in keeping with their willingness to do without reticulated water and sewerage.

As a consequence, the mountain's landscape has been less severely touched by building activity, maintaining the mountain's tourist appeal. The national parks are liberally interspersed by relatively modest galleries and cafes, particularly at Gallery Walk in Long Road on the way into Eagle Heights.

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