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Once In A Lifetime

Once in a lifetime – and more often if you can – you have to do something extraordinary! Something unforgettable! Something that your mind will record in vivid technicolour clarity and replay for many years to come! ….

Right in the middle of your happy, busy life, you need to delight in an exhilarating experience – one that makes you smile at the mere thought of it.

Lucky for you, Tamborine Mountain offers several extraordinary experiences– and our favourite three are all ‘must-dos’!

Imagine rising quietly above the Gold Coast hinterland in a HOT AIR BALLOON as rolling forests, glistening dams and fields of cattle just shrink silently away beneath you. There you are, floating serenely in the breeze under a pocket of air. Bliss!

WHALE WATCHING too is a breathtaking experience. Did you know that yes, you can whale watch from Tamborine Mountain! Less than an hour away, you can have the experience of a lifetime spending some time with these beautiful creatures of the sea AND be back in time for a late lunch.

But perhaps your idea of dream chasing involves a PUB CRAWL BY HELICOPTER! Picture yourself and a couple of friends paying flying visits – quite literally – to some of the best country pubs! Your pilot will land in paddocks and fields next to some of the Hinterland’s favourite watering holes and you’ll arrive in Rock Star style! Cold beers, tasty lunch…need we say more?

Dream chasing is not always about glitzy, expensive activities or exotic destinations. Often times people dream about simple, authentic, one of a kind events that can happen right in their own back yard. Once in a lifetime experiences can be as effortless as watching a sunrise in a particular place, the delight of spotting a rare bird or animal or walking amid fireflies on a warm summer night ….

Tamborine Mountain offers you the opportunity to enjoy several completely free or low-cost once in a lifetime experiences. To begin with, the mountain itself is geologically unique. You don’t often get to stand on a plateau of lava that formed 22 million years ago. So that is a great starting point!

Tamborine Mountain today is famous for its magnificent rainforests, ancient trees, leafy walking tracks, the gorgeous views of the Gold Coast and the Hinterland and its cool and sparkling waterfalls and watering holes.

To swim in a waterhole is the perfect example of a free activity that many consider Bucket List worthy. To walk under towering gumtrees is delightful and humbling too, especially so when you come across 400 year old trees such as those found in Tamborine Mountain’s Witches Falls National Park.

This park is the third oldest in the world after Yellowstone Park in the USA and Royal National Park in NSW. There’s nothing quite like being in the presence of such an ancient, living and breathing 400yr old tree as it stands majestically on its enormous buttress roots. Take many photos while you’re there knowing that in years to come you’ll return with your children and grand-children who will also want a selfie with this great tree!

If you crave these exceptional, natural experiences, they abound on the Mountain, both by day and by night. Take for example the guided rainforest night walks that take place here; to witness the rainforest coming to life after sunset is thrilling. Your senses are heightened as you hear the rustle of every leaf, the call of every creature and see the glint of many inquisitive eyes in the beam of your torch. Pure Mountain magic!

How It Works!
Who We Are

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What is Experience Tamborine Mountain all about?

Experience Tamborine Mountain is an eclectic collection of like-minded businesses that share a passion for the cool, sub-tropical rainforest paradise that lies near Queensland’s capital, Brisbane and behind the Gold Coast.

Using our specialist local knowledge and connections, we’ve carefully curated a varied menu of activities and experiences that will appeal to visitors’ diversity, tastes and aspirations. And, because one size does not necessarily fit all, we recognise the importance of also crafting tailored experiences for special interest individuals or groups.

The best takeaway from travelling is the stories you’ll have and the abiding memories of simple pleasures, of unplanned serendipitous moments, encounters with locals, and even life-altering learning.  We believe in the importance of sharing the little things with our visitors as well as the big ticket moments and look forward to helping you discover them so you’ll have your own stories to tell.

Tamborine Mountain – what to do and where to stay?

Mountain destinations translate to achingly beautiful scenery and views, crisp, clean air, a plethora of local wildlife and pristine forest, and Tamborine Mountain is no exception. Against this glorious backdrop exists a diverse and colourful cottage industry with numerous local artists and craftspeople, a variety of natural and man-made attractions, award-winning wineries, a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, soft adventure for the thrill-seekers, festivals, special events and country markets.

These are all supported by a host of accommodation options including generous country homes that suit extended family or corporate groups, warm and welcoming B & Bs and intimate couples’ cottages.

What can Experience Tamborine Mountain offer you?

To truly experience and participate in the essence of this special place can be intimate, personal, challenging, exhilarating and even life-affirming. We can show you the main spots to take the pretty pictures, but more importantly, we can help you explore our back streets where you will create a personal connection with our mountain that will continue to touch you long after you leave.

Sometimes the simplest moments during a trip away can provide the greatest memories and experiences – it could be the taste of a new dish, lovingly prepared by a passionate champion of  regional produce; an encounter with a knowledgeable, generous winemaker who loves to share a yarn ; laughing with family as you play a board game at a sprawling farmhouse dining table; the sound of birdsong as you light a fire before breakfast; or simply slowing down and being in the moment, exploring the beauty of an ancient rainforest.

Explore our ‘Experience’ packages

Get to know our mountain by connecting to our history, our culture and our people – authentic experiences, uncontrived, sometimes simple, sometimes adrenalin-inducing; something literally for everyone. We have created these experiences for you, so you can now go and live them.

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