Tamborine Mountain by bus

Located 62 km from Brisbane, on the edge of the escarpment behind the city of the Gold Coast and known as the Gold Coast hinterland, is Tamborine Mountain.

Tamborine Mountain is the result of a geological phenomenon and was formed by an outpouring of lava from nearby Mt Warning. The name also a collective term for a number of small villages which stretch along the 8 kilometre ridge of the mountain range. Although the area sounds like it was named after a small percussion instrument, it is actually based on the indigenous people’s name for the mountain.

There are many attractions in the district, not the least of which is the beautiful views which exist on both sides of the ranges.  Thanks to the good rainfall received here, there are a number of rainforest areas that have plentiful quiet streams and waterfalls.  Tamborine Mountain has attracted many talented artists and crafts people whose work adorns the many craft and antique shops and galleries where their original works are offered for sale.

They are a few local wineries to try, and an abundance of tearooms and restaurants. The rich volcanic soils also support a diversity of horticulture. Commercial crops include avocado, kiwifruit, avocado, macadamia nuts, coffee and cheese and this fine local produce is often reflected in the dishes offered on the menus by the many food establishments.     

The three villages which make up the core of the area are Mount Tamborine, with North Tamborine to its north-west and Eagle Heights to the north-east. Collectively they have a population of about 5100.

If you do not have a car, then one of the best ways to see Mount Tamborine at your own pace is to use the Hop On Hop Off bus that is operated Tamborine Mountain Tours.  The bus runs a continuous circuit, with stops at 17 attractions.  A non-stop circuit, which is a good way of getting your bearings, and foe deciding exactly what you wish you see, takes just 40 minutes.

Two of the attractions on the Hop On Hop Off bus are the Rainforest Skywalk and the Glow Worm Caves, but the price of admission to these is not included in your ticket.

Tamborine Mountain Tours also run regular shuttle services between the Gold Coast and the mountain, making it a very convenient day’s outing or, if you wish, stay on the mountain for a night or two to appreciate a vastly different environment to that on the coast.

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