North Tamborine

Tamborine Mountain Church, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

North Tamborine is one of the towns on the Tamborine Mountain ridge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Numerous galleries, arts and crafts shops and boutique wineries make it and the nearby towns of Tamborine Village, Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine popular weekend getaways. Tamborine National Park covers most of the mountain – the Witches Falls section was Queensland's first national park, listed in 1908.

Visitor Information

Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre, Doughty Park, Main Western Rd; (07) 5545 3200

Nearby national parks

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

Nearby towns

  • Nerang

    Nerang is in the Gold Coast hinterland. Today the town is much more similar in character to that dense urban strip of coast than to the...more

  • Beaudesert

    Beaudesert lies in the valley of the Logan River, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The town was built up around the homestead of Edward Hawkins...more

  • Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s signature settlement. The first big hotel was built here in the 1930s, among little more than a...more

In Town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery: award-winning distillery with a range of liqueurs, schnapps, vodkas and spirits; Beacon Rd.

Mt Tamborine Winery and Cedar Creek Estate: tastings and sales; Hartley Rd.

Hang-gliding: off Tamborine Mountain; Main Western Rd; (07) 5543 5631 or contact visitor centre.

Tamborine Trolley Co: provides tours of mountain, including weekend hop-on hop-off tour to major sights; (07) 5545 2782.


Tamborine National Park This picturesque mountain park protects remnant subtropical rainforest. Waterfalls, cliffs and beautiful walks make it a popular spot for visitors. The scenic drive visits the major waterfalls and lookouts and there are 22 km of walks on offer. Walk highlights are the 5.4 km Jenyns Falls circuit track and the 3 km Witches Falls circuit track, both leading to spectacular waterfalls. Park access points are on Tamborine–Oxenford Rd; (07) 5576 0271.

Brisbane and surrounds wine region From the Sunshine Coast hinterland to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and its surrounds are dotted with wineries. Read more

Eagle Heights: pretty village to the north-east with the Gallery Walk on Long Rd featuring excellent local crafts; Botanical Gardens in Forsythia Dr are set on 9 ha of rainforest with a variety of plants; historic buildings are on show at the Heritage Centre, Wongawallen Rd.

Thunderbird Park: wildlife sanctuary, horseriding, laser skirmish, ropes course and fossicking for 'thunder eggs'; Tamborine Mountain Rd. 

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 60 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Rock climbing around Brisbane 52 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 52 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Westlander 53 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Mount Coot-tha Forest 55 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Grand Golf Club 16 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 17 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 19 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 23 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

The Glades Golf & Spa 24 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 41 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

Royal Queensland Golf Club 55 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


A few kilometres north of town, at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, this is an exquisite restaurant in a setting that lives up to its lyrical name. Chef Philip Edwards uses organic produce wherever possible, because... Find out more

The Polish Place

Polish food is hearty and generous, and so are the owners of this mountain-top restaurant, Phil and Ania Sowter. For something just like Polish mothers used to make, order the Polski Bigos – sauerkraut cooked with... Find out more

Cork ’n Fork Winery Tours

Based in North Tamborine, this company conducts full-day small-group tours, which pick up in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Coolangatta and visit five wineries and the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Lunch is included at one... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 52 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Mt Tamborine Brewery 2 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 20 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Burleigh Brewing Company 30 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 54 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping 11 km

Only 30 min from the Gold Coast’s theme parks, this no-frills family site is split into 2 areas by the Coomera River. It's 4 km south of Canungra, which in turn is 27 km east of Beaudesert. Ideal for daytrips... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 25 km

This large, busy tourist park – across the road from Main Beach and 2 min drive from Surfers Paradise – has 100 powered sites and an additional 24 ensuite powered sites. Facilities include a swimming pool,... Find out more

Darlington Park camping area 25 km

Sensational for families, this well-shaded campsite has the added bonus of a cricket oval (with artificial turf pitch) and kids’ playground on a glorious 12 ha site. The kiosk is handy for basic supplies, including... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 30 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 31 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 32 km

Set on a prime location directly opposite Burleigh Beach, this tourist park has 73 powered sites and 16 unpowered sites. Facilities include a modern amenities block, laundry, free wireless broadband access and tour desk.... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 34 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 36 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Burgess Park camping area 39 km

Much smaller than its sister site at Darlington Park, this flat and grassy 1.2 ha camping area backs onto Christmas Creek, a good spot for swimming and fishing, but the tap water needs to be treated or boiled before... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 42 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park 13 km

This is a larger park adjoining the M1, almost opposite Movieworld, and very close to Dreamworld. The park has undergone a redevelopment in recent times and is the only quality dog-friendly park east of the Pacific... Find out more

NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park 21 km

This is a good quality park recently acquired by the NRMA. It has a licensed family bistro and a range of great facilities including a resort-style pool, spas, tennis courts and minigolf. The park is a short stroll from... Find out more

Broadwater Tourist Park 22 km

Position is everything, and this spacious council-owned park fronts the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. It has very good facilities and outstanding views across the water to Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace. There... Find out more

Jacobs Well Tourist Park 24 km

This is a quality Gold Coast City Council park, located in a quiet township on the protected waterways north of the Gold Coast. It is a very popular park with families and those who fish. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 25 km

This is a unique park set amid the famous Gold Coast high-rise buildings. Across the road is a patrolled beach, and the fashionable Tedder Avenue restaurant strip is a short stroll away. The park is neat and well... Find out more

Ocean Beach Tourist Park 30 km

This is one of several good quality Gold Coast City Council parks. It is smaller than many and has very good facilities. Just across the road from the beach, the access from the Gold Coast Highway is also excellent. This... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 32 km

This is one of the older council parks on the Gold Coast but it has recently been upgraded with new amenities. It is very popular with holidaymakers as it is across the road from a patrolled beach and within walking... Find out more

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park 33 km

A favourite of ours, this park fronts onto the Tallebudgera Creek and is just a short walk to the beach. It is among the Gold Coast’s best parks, centrally located with good amenities and a wide range of... Find out more

Brisbane Gateway Resort 38 km

This is a good quality park with easy access to all the major highways, including the Pacific Motorway, and is 16 km from the city centre. The good facilities include a resortstyle pool and tennis court. Bookings are... Find out more

Brisbane Holiday Village 41 km

Easily accessed from the Pacific Highway (Mt Gravatt exit), this large, quality park is on the south side of the city. Facilities include minigolf, a tennis court, convenience store, cafe and lovely grassy sites. For the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Pethers Rainforest 

Childhood tree houses were never like these ten timber and corrugated-iron luxury versions, with their fireplaces, spas and walls of glass looking over private decks into the rainforest. This adults-only retreat on the... Find out more

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

Several kilometres north of town and well known for its award-winning restaurant, the property also has six villas, each for two people, plus a two-bedroom executive villa, set in its 20 hectares of rainforest. There are... Find out more

The Polish Place

Phil and Ania Sowter are wonderful hosts who since 1983 have been serving terrific Polish food to repeat customers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast (see Where to Eat, p. 177). In the early 1990s they added five very... Find out more

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge

Binna Burra was the first Australian private company to be awarded Green Globe status for meeting international tourism benchmarks for sustainable use of resources. Accommodation is either in cabins with private shower... Find out more


Surrounded by Lamington National Park but outside its boundaries, the O’Reilly family has been sharing its home for more than 90 years. Since the first visitors arrived at their guesthouse, the family has... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Mouses House, Springbrook 34 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 38 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

Cottages on the Creek 38 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 54 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

Destiny Boonah 54 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 64 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

What's on around town

Produce market: showgrounds (green shed); Sun mornings.

Tamborine Mountain Markets: showgrounds, Main Western Rd; 2nd Sun each month.

Scarecrow Festival: May.

Mountain Show: Sept.

Springtime on the Mountain: open gardens and mini-markets; Oct.

Craft Extravaganza: Oct.

Tamborine Mountain Classic: bike, run or walk; Nov.

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