Had a busy week? Taking a weekend day trip can be just the thing you need to re-energize before you’re back into it on Monday.
Here on the North Coast, the winter’s are pretty mild (lucky us!), so it’s a welcome change to visit a cooler place, even if it’s just for the day or the weekend. Just over an hour’s drive away, we are blessed to have the stunning hinterland with mountains, lush tropical rainforests, pretty shops and lots of fabulous food. I love taking a trip up to the mountains – it’s like escaping to another land, far far away (even though it’s really only a short drive!). I love to breathe in the crisp mountain air – it’s so cool and refreshing, especially in winter. It also gives me an excuse to wear a warm coat and scarf.
One of the highlights of a trip to gorgeous Mount Tamborine is seeing the beautiful gardens. Although Spring is still months away, the gardens always seem to be sprouting colour of some description. It never ceases to amaze me.
From the ginger lily ….
To the camellia …
and even a pretty little row of pansies…
Then there’s the stunning ancient rainforests. The shot below was taken at Curtis Falls. There’s a short and not-too-strenuous bushwalk down to view the falls – around 1.5km, which I highly recommend. The Tourist Information Centre has maps, or you can check The Tamborine Chamber of Commerce site for more information on this walk and many others in the area.
We visited the popular Tamborine Mountain markets, held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the showgrounds. These markets have been running for years and are very well attended. I recommend you arrive early. The local Bush Fire Brigade supervise parking on the oval for a gold coin donation – money well spent in my book. Who wouldn’t want them to help in a time of need?!
The markets are well worth a look, with a range of stalls from local produce, hand made goods, candles, plants, jewellery, soaps, candles, pony rides and live music. There’s also plenty of locally grown fruit and vegies, including many which are organically grown, in the Big Green Shed on the northern side of the showground.
Let’s not forget the food … For morning tea, we enjoyed a plate of poffertjes – or Dutch pancakes – at the markets. They were absolutely delicious – topped with icing sugar, butter and maple syrup. You’ll have to take my word for it on this one, as we scoffed them down so quickly, I didn’t have a chance to get a photo!
Later in the day, after several hours of wandering the local shops at North Tamborine and a visit to my favourite book store at the top of Gallery Walk, we indulged in afternoon tea before the drive home. I enjoyed a cup of peppermint tea and a delightful home made pear, date and custard muffin – scrumptious! Thankfully, I resisted the temptation of the fudge shop, so I didn’t bring any extra calories home with me 🙂
I came home feeling thoroughly relaxed, refreshed and ready for another week. Oh, and that mountain air sure helps you sleep well at night!
If you have the opportunity, Mount Tamborine is a great place for a weekend stay – we’ve done this many times. If you’re a foodie, why not do a cooking class at the fabulous Tamborine Cooking School, run by the lovely Terri Taylor. You’ll learn new skills and get to eat the spoils – it’s a fantastic day and I highly recommend it.
I love the mountains.