About Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4271-4272

A World of National Parks

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Photos © courtesy Ed Jobson

As the Blue Mountains are to Sydney, so Tamborine Mountain is to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, for escapees, holiday makers and day visitors from the “big smoke”.

 

Actually three small settlements comprising North Tamborine, Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine, many residents cater to visitors with cottages, guesthouse inns and B&B style lodgings.

The quaint villages are famous for arts, crafts and antiques, with markets held on almost every weekend, making the area a very popular weekend and midweek getaway destination.

A flourishing boutique winery industry taking advantage of the soils and climate, is also a favourite attraction for visitors, while plentiful vantage points and picnic spots provide magnificent views to the Gold Coast to the east and the national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west.

Other attractions include Tamborine Mountain National Park, which is made up of nine national parks, including Queensland’s first declared national park, Witches Falls.

A world of subtropical, eucalypt and cycad rainforests, three of the four largest parks have picnic facilities and walking tracks to lookouts or waterfalls.

Or you can take a walk through the rainforest canopy at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

Set in 30 acres of privately owned rainforest the complex includes an interpretive Centre, gift shop, and cafe.

For a more cosy experience, the annual “Springtime on the Mountain” garden festival held each September, throws open private home gardens to the public, with a trail pass to view 8 inspiring gardens.

If you’re holidaying on the Gold Coast, you can opt for a day tour to the plateau, or use a “hop on – hop off” tour operator, to enjoy your own pace and interests.

Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Tamborine Mountain, for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.

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About the Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD

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National Parks road signage at Nerang to the “Scenic Rim”.

Still referred to as the “Green behind the Gold” by many people, the Gold Coast Hinterland is the gateway to the SE QLD rainforests, ranging from Tamborine Mountain in the north to Lamington and Springbrook National Parks in the south.

Settlements at Beechmont, Canungra, Springbrook and the Numinbah Valley, originally timber, farming and dairying communities, have gradually given way over the years to hobby farmers and new settlers seeking a more relaxed lifestyle.

As a result, visitors can choose from a wide variety of countryside accommodation including camp grounds, B&Bs, cabin style lodgings and cottages, many of which are original farm homesteads or refurbished workers dwellings.

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“Splash” crossing in the Gold Coast hinterland / Scenic Rim

And while the world heritage national parks are the primary attractions for many people, the winding roads with ample restaurants, cafes and arts and crafts outlets, can provide an interesting and scenic self drive day tour.

For fudge afficionados, a day trip to Springbrook Plateau via the Numinbah Valley, will see you making two or three stops, to “sample” the wares of local makers, available at local shops or other outlets.

Monthly markets include the Beaudesert Market – held on the 1st Saturday of the month, Beechmont Country Markets on the 3rd Sunday, and Canungra Valley Market held on the last Sunday in the month.

For more information, check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Gold Coast Hinterland, which has a short description of major attractions and national parks, as well as information about accommodation, tours and attractions, and transport options for getting there.

The view from above

Up, up and away, in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon. Mount Lyndesay featuring in the distance.  Repost via Instagram with permission from @altimagesphtography.
@Regran_ed from @visitscenicrim – Floating high above the Scenic Rim!  Fantastic image by @altimagesphotography on her recent visit.

Family friendly holidays: Farmstays

Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.

It’s a bit shocking to read that recent surveys have found many city kids don’t know that milk comes from cows, and they’ve never seen a live farm animal.

Varying in popularity as a holiday option over the last few years,  Farmstays and farm stay accommodation has now made a return as an often affordable alternative to national parks camping or beach side holiday cabin accommodations.

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Photo © courtesy Hosanna Farm Stay

Hobby farms on smaller acreage, will usually have animals more used to handling and petting, with kids having the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviour around animals, while working farms on larger land holdings, give families a chance to see farm routines and join in farm activities, with the children able to get up close and personal with cute and sometimes not so cuddly farm animals.

Activities like horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bicycling, archery and fishing are often available on-site or nearby.

The chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and experience the lifestyle of the “man and woman on the land”, where mum and dad can relax while the kids enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh, clean air, get filthy dirty and run themselves ragged before a sound nights’ sleep, is an often overlooked family holiday option.

Recently updated with Booking.com host farm options, the Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, covers the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

Disclosure: Hosanna Farm Stay is a Big Volcano customer.

Farmstays; the affordable alternative family holiday

Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.

Very popular for many years, Farmstays and farm stay accommodation give families an often affordable alternative to national parks camping or beach side holiday cabin accommodations.

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Photo © courtesy Hosanna Farm Stay

Working farms are usually on larger land holdings, where families can observe farm routines and join in farm activities, with the children able to get up close and personal with cute and sometimes not so cuddly farm animals.

Hobby farms on smaller acreage, will usually have animals more used to handling and petting, with kids having the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviour around animals.

Activities like horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bicycling, archery and fishing are often available on-site or nearby.

The chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and experience the lifestyle of the “man and woman on the land”, where mum and dad can relax while the kids enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh, clean air, get filthy and run themselves ragged before a sound nights’ sleep, is an often overlooked family holiday option.

See Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, covering the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.