Tamborine

Situated on the edge of the escarpment in the Gold Coast hinterland, the locality is characterised by spectacular mountain and ocean views, tea rooms and gift shops and an arts/crafts oriented community.

Tamborine Mountain is both an actual geological phenomenon (the result of a major flow of lava from Mt. Warning when it erupted) and also a collective term for a number of small villages stretching along the ridge of the mountain range.

Location: 62 km from Brisbane

The rich volcanic soils support a diversity of horticulture. Commercial crops include avocado, kiwifruit, avocado and macadamia nuts.

Places of interest: Tamborine National Park (1160 ha); Cedar Creek; The Knoll; MacDonald Park; Cameron Falls; Curtis Falls; Witches Falls National Park; Lamington Plateau; Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens; Joalah National Park; Darlington Range; Canungra Range; Lookout National Park; towns of Mount Tamborine Village, North Tamborine, Eagle Heights and Canungra; Thunderbird Park tourist retreat; wineries; Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Brief history: The first known Europeans in the area were timber getters who established a sawmill at Cedar Creek in the 1860s. Settlement of Mount Tamborine itself commenced in 1878.


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Origin of name: the name has no connection to the musical instrument which is spelt differently. It is in fact derived from the Bundjalung language, of the Yugumbir dialect Wangerriburra Clan, It is either from Jambireen, meaning wild lime tree; or Dum (or gom) Bireen, meaning yam in a cliff. The former seems the most likely.

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