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Mt Tamborine

02 November 2010

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We headed off from our Gold Coast hotel early one morning and arrived at the Mt Tamborine area for our Rainforest Walk about an hour later. We walked through the gallery and cafe area and onto high steel platforms that meandered high up through the rainforest canopy. The views of the tropical rainforest were amazing and we managed to spot some local wildlife too. Make sure you walk out onto the 40 metre long Skywalk cantilever which is 30 metres above the ground – not for the fainthearted but worth the view!

The Polish Place

Then we were off to the “The Polish Place” for lunch (and a wee tasting of their Polish vodka! Phew!) This is a family run place which truly has an excellent location, perched high on the western escarpment of Mt Tamborine looking across the beautiful Albert River Valley. I can just imagine what the sunsets must be like here!

We wandered about their Fine/Folk Art Gallery which has a range of polish art, jewellery (including unique Polish amber jewellery) and then sat down to a very substantial and delicious lunch.

They also have self contained chalet style accommodation, all with amazing views, a wood log fireplace and spa bath (opposite the fire place!) I could definitely spend a relaxing weekend here for a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise.

Arts & Crafts

After lunch, we headed off to the Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk for some retail therapy (and to walk off our lunch!) The Walk is basically a cluster of galleries and craft shops with a wealth of arts and crafts including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, porcelain, glass, jewellery, woodwork and much more. Pop into the Cuckoo Clock shop and make sure you try the locally made fudge at one of the fudge shops. Yum!

Walking Mt Tamborine

There are also many walking tracks to choose from in the Tamborine National Park. Most are short and easy to walk and can be done in a few hours, so great to escape the heat of the coast. Or stop in at the Award winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery to buy a hand painted bottle of Liqueur for a gift (or for yourself!)

There are so many places to see and things to do here; I was disappointed not to have been able to spend more time. But one day I hope to be back.

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