Tamborine Mountain is on a plateau that is 8 km long by 4 km wide. It is located in South East Queensland with a population of approximately 7,500 people. It is an Aboriginal name and not connected to the musical instrument. It is a nice quiet get-away from the beach life of Surfers’ Paradise; the drive is about half-an hour.
A Little History
Tamborine Mountain was inhabited by Aborigines for tens of thousands of years. It’s name comes from the Anglicization of Tchambreem. It appears that this word means “wild lime” and is associated with the finger lime trees that grow on the mountain. In 1878, John O’Callaghan started farming on a parcel of mountain land.
Tamborine National Park.
The beauty of the area led to the setting up of the park in 1908 and later a tourist road was opened in 1924. Geologists attribute the plateau to having been formed 22 million years ago from a volcanic eruption. This is a subtropical climate with temperatures being about 5C cooler than Surfers’ Paradise.
Fertile Growing Region:
The combination of red volcanic soil and high rainfall produces a rich abundance of the following crops: avocados, kiwifruit, passionfruit, rhubarb, apples and mangoes.
When Trish and I were chosen to spend six weeks in this area we were ‘over the moon.’ We are both bird enthusiasts and love to wake up to the symphony of winged music. We just want to record in this blog the birds that are on the mountain: Albert’s lyrebirds, pale-yellow robins, green catbirds, regent bowerbirds and Australian logrunners. Add to this the glossy black cockatoos, sooty owls, marbled frogmouth and noisy pittas and the result is ‘heaven.’ Trish will be out with her long lens camera snapping every movement. According to our host, there are platypuses and short-beaked echidnas and Richmond birdwings.
There are many scenic walks, wineries and restaurants on the Mountain. There is a man-made glow-worm cave. There is a Botanical Gardens.
Are there snakes? Yes, Australia abounds in them. This is our fourth visit to Australia and we spent one full year here. Did we see a snake – NO! We have talked to native Australians and they haven’t seen snakes. There are always precautions to take: don’t put your hand in rock cracks, and be careful with woodpiles. Australians seldom die from snake bites. The major killers of Australians are bee-stings and road accidents.