Our village social committee organised a bus tour for us to visit Tamborine Mountain, which is the name of a small town in the mountains. Our mountains are not very high but high enough to make the temperatures cooler than here on the coast. It is situated in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and is only an hour's drive from Brisbane. As you drive up the winding road the eucalyptus forests change into rainforest populated with a big variety of flora and fauna.
Sunday, October 15, 2023
There are a plethora of walking tracks in the National Park, which was the first one in Queensland in 1908. The area has a history of farming, and timber getting but now it is a tourist destination for hikers, bird watchers and lovers of nature. The local council have not allowed tourist attractions that spoil the natural environment. However, there is a treetop walk on a swinging bridge. When we were younger we often did hikes with the children. When we had overseas visitors we would take them there to experience a rainforest.
A photo from 2018 which was our last hike with visitors.
But now that we are over 80 we go to see other things. The area attracts artists, craft makers, wine makers and accommodation for holiday makers. So now there is a Gallery Walk in the main street. showcasing some of these activities. That is where our bus is heading. So no energetic hiking just a stroll down the Gallery Walk and then lunch at Cedar Creek Winery.
Besides galleries there are many shops selling just about everything and many coffee shops.
First up we had a coffee and a browse through the attached gift shop. I left Bill in the coffee shop with his friend, Patrick and I went to check out the Gallery Walk.
It was time to walk back to the bus to go to lunch at a winery.
Lunch wasn't anything to write home about.
After lunch we walked to Frog Hollow to see a display of local frogs.