Situated on the edge of the escarpment in the Gold Coast hinterland,
the locality is characterised by spectacular mountain and ocean views,
tea rooms and gift shops and an arts/crafts oriented community.
Tamborine Mountain is both an actual geological phenomenon (the result
of a major flow of lava from Mt. Warning when it erupted) and also a
collective term for a number of small villages stretching along the
ridge of the mountain range.
Location: 62 km from Brisbane
The rich volcanic soils support a diversity of horticulture. Commercial
crops include avocado, kiwifruit, avocado and macadamia nuts.
Places of interest: Tamborine National Park (1160 ha); Cedar Creek; The
Knoll; MacDonald Park; Cameron Falls; Curtis Falls; Witches Falls
National Park; Lamington Plateau; Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens;
Joalah National Park; Darlington Range; Canungra Range; Lookout
National Park; towns of Mount Tamborine Village, North Tamborine, Eagle
Heights and Canungra; Thunderbird Park tourist retreat; wineries;
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Brief history: The first known Europeans in the area were timber
getters who established a sawmill at Cedar Creek in the 1860s.
Settlement of Mount Tamborine itself commenced in 1878.
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Origin of name: the name has no connection to the musical
instrument which is spelt differently. It is in fact derived from the
Bundjalung language, of the Yugumbir dialect Wangerriburra Clan, It is
either from Jambireen, meaning wild lime tree; or Dum (or gom) Bireen,
meaning yam in a cliff. The former seems the most likely.