Lazy Afternoon Drives #1: Mt Tamborine

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Isn't this rain gorgeous today? Seriously - who doesn't love curling up by candlelight with your favourite person and a nice cup of tea? Well...normally. But today Stephen's busy setting off the smoke alarm with the Whipper Snipper. Don't ask. 

Yesterday we decided to un-coup ourselves from our holiday couped-uppedness and head out for a drive. We ended up at Mt Tamborine - which I try to get to at least once or twice a year for some much needed rainforest time. I tellya - if you're looking for a great roadtrip that isn't well, TOO far out of Bris-Vegas - Mt Tamborine is your place. It's just such a beautiful, spiritual place - and it's easy to forget all of your worries as you drive through the rainforest, and the birdsong starts and the temperature drops....ahhhh. 

Whether you're walking through the rainforest, or checking out the waterfalls, doing a tree-walk or visiting the copious amounts of wineries and restaurants - Mt Tamborine has something for all romantic budgets. It also has its fair share of rainforest cabin retreats - but note that these book up quite far in advance (so if you're getting ideas for Valentines Day - start calling NOW!). I might do a separate post on these soon. 

If you're just going for the afternoon - Tamborine has one of those streets that's just perfect for walking along hand, in hand and checking out the quaint galleries and shops on offer. There are some gorgeous cafes and restaurants - but expect tourist prices. Personally - Tamborine is one of my favourite Picnic Destinations - but yesterday was a get-out-of-bed-at-midday kind of day, so we ended up at the Tamborine Mountain Winery cafe where two gourmet pies and two drinks set us back around $20.  As a result, we can highly recommend the "Meatlovers" pie (yes - it actually tastes like a Meatlovers pizza - in a pie!) and the "Salmon, Lemon and Dill" pie. Divine.

We then set off on our annual pilgrimage to  "Fudge Heaven" (pictured). Simply sinful, simply gorgeous, creamy, full-of-fat-and-we-don't-care fudge in every flavour imaginable from caramel macadamia to lemon meringue pie, cherry ripe, creme brulee, jaffa, dark chocolate and more. There's also a range of "adults only" fudge. Oh stop raising your eyebrow at me - it's not what you....okay, maybe it is. With flavours such as "Orgasmic" and "CS Cowboy", Fudge Heaven is a whole separate range of alcoholic fudge and it truly IS to die for. They even supply you with a plastic knife for taking it away, slicing bits off and feeding your significant other. :) 

Tamborine has something for every romantic budget, is easy to get to and is full of beauty and wonder - perfect for exploring on lazy afternoons.
Tip:  Aim to get there earlier than 3pm - quite a few places close at 4pm and parking can be a bit of an issue too. The last tree-walk is at 4pm also. 

Transport: Short of a bus tour , transport is predominately by car only.

  • Where: Just inland from the Gold Coast - under an hour's drive from Brisbane.

  • When: It's a mountain - it doesn't go anywhere! Most shops close between 4pm-5pm however.

  • Cost: Gourmet pies (mentioned above) were around $7.50 each. Fudge is around $4-$5 a block - or you can do what we did and get 6 for $20!
  • Websites:
    Fact Sheet: Walking Tracks
    Mt Tamborine Winery
    Fudge Heaven

  • Perfect For: Long drives, rainforest and waterfall walks, secluded picnic spots, romantic lunches, wine and cheese tasting, sinful chocolate tasting, relaxation.

  • Downsides: Many of the cafes close at 4pm. Can get a little pricey - so if you're on a budget, consider a picnic. Watch the roads in the rain also!


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