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All you need to know about Tamborine Mountain
Where is Mount Tamborine
Tamborine Mountain just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast and less than an hours drive from Brisbane is a table top mountain 550 meters above sea level and located just behind the Gold Coast in an area that is known as 'The Gold Coast Hinterland'.
Witches Falls Cottages are located on the western escarpment right in the middle of Tamborine Mountain. From our Cottages you can easily amble across the road to the Witches Falls National Park picnic ground, and enjoy the hour rainforest circuit of Queensland's Oldest National Park (declared in 1908), from which we draw our name.
About Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain is part of the northern rim of the great caldera of which Mt Warning is the dominant feature. Formed millions of years ago, the eons of weathering has produced a plateau with rich volcanic soils and underground aquifers of indeterminate magnitude.
The mountain has a unique climate and peculiar ecosystems, which support much diversity of fauna and flora.
The lush green rural countryside of Mount Tamborine is dotted with a variety of crops such as Avocado and Kiwi Fruit Orchards, Rhubarb and its own Coffee Plantation.
Home to Tamborine National Park, the park is made up of 13 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills. The park protects remnants of Tamborine Mountain's plant communities and includes areas of rainforest with distinctive piccabeen palm groves, wet eucalypt forest dominated by tall flooded gums, open forest with bracken fern understorey and woodland. Surrounded by urban and rural development, these plant communities provide essential wildlife habitat. Tamborine Mountain escarpment contains 85 percent of all fauna species and 65 percent of all flora species in the Gold Coast City area.
Tamborine Mountain has been described as an island in the sky, and is referred to as the "Green behind the Gold" in the tourism industry. It is one of the most visited day-trip destinations in Australia, attracting some 1.3 million visitors, both national and international, annually.
Although one community, the mountain is in reality three distinct "village" areas, separated from each other by green belts and rural land. Eagle Heights is situated adjacent to the north-eastern escarpment; North Tamborine includes the main business centre and occupies the north-western edge of the plateau; Mt Tamborine encompasses the whole southern part of the mountain.
Rainforest Walking Tracks in Tamborine Mountain National Park
Walking tracks are provided in six sections of Tamborine National Park (view or download a PDF document showing a printable Map of all Walking Tracks).
Most walking tracks are short and can be walked within a few hours. The walks are relatively easy although some tracks have short, steep grades. At usual walking pace, 3km takes about an hour. If you are walking with young children, or if you are birdwatching or taking photographs, allow extra time.
The park is home to many rainforest animals including the rare Albert's lyrebird and one of the world's largest skinks, the land mullet. The Richmond birdwing butterfly and noisy pitta migrate seasonally to the park from nearby higher altitude rainforests. Basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops and waterfalls are a lasting legacy of volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago. Tamborine is the most northerly remnant of the flows from a volcano centred on Mt Warning.
Watch a YouTube Video showcasing the Curtis Falls section of the Tamborine Mountain National Park:
Mount Tamborine also has its very own renowned Botanical Gardens and is home to many fine 'open' Gardens which are showcased every year in the 'Springtime on the Mountain Festival - Open Gardens Trail' a popular event on the mountain.
If gardening is your passion or you are looking for a present for a friend or family member, visit one of the local Nurseries:
Tamborine Mountain Nursery on Long Road stocks a wide variety of plants including Fuchsias, Magnolias, Hydrangeas and Camellias. You often find herb and vegetable seedlings and don't forget to visit the Orchid House.
Birchgrove Nursery & Cafe on Alpine Terrace specialises in Autumn colours and Spring blossom Trees. Enjoy a Coffee and browse through the selection of second-hand gardening books, mix of garden art and decorative items available for sale.
Weddings on Mt Tamborine
Mt Tamborine is also a very popular destination for Weddings and offers many fine natural locations for weddings to be held. The wedding industry on Tamborine Mountain is very well developed and can offer everything needed to create a special day for any budding brides and grooms.
Witches Falls Cottages is an extremely popular accommodation venue for honeymooners and those wishing to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
To celebrate your special occasion we offer a range of packages from our Anniversary Package, our signature Sea Shell Massage Package or if you are looking for an adventure the Hot Air Ballooning Package might be your choice.
Tamborine Mountain Climate / Weather
Tamborine Mountain is approximately 550m above sea level and has a sub-tropical to temperate climate.
The temperature range varies but rarely gets above 30°c during the summer months. Due to its mountain location the temperatures on Mount Tamborine can be at least 5°c cooler than on the Gold Coast or Brisbane. The mountain is favoured with nice cool breezes which further help cool things down on those hotter days, especially in the evenings.
Winter temperatures can vary, the average daily temperature is about 18°c which is pleasant. Evenings can get cool so it is always best to bring warm clothing if you plan to go out at night. Or alternatively take advantage of the cooler evenings to get snug and comfortable in front of your cosy fire place (seasonal) which is one of the features of your Witches Falls Cottage.
The average annual rainfall on Mt Tamborine is approximately 1600 millimetres, with the wetter months being December thru March. Winter months are mainly dry.
Whether it be 'rain, hail or shine' you need not worry about your comfort at your Witches Falls Cottage, as all 'elements' are catered for.
Your personal Invitation to visit delightful Witches Falls Cottages
David and Daniela, your hosts, welcome your enquiries and we invite you to visit Witches Falls Cottages on beautiful Tamborine Mountain. Delightfully different private accommodation for couples. Come on up and try us, and stay for awhile. Let our Cottages and Tamborine Mountain put you under a spell and charm and captivate you. Why not become another one of our happy, satisfied guests, Contact Us Now