Saturday at Mount Tamborine

I teased you earlier with some pictures from our hike over Easter weekend but I am here today to tell you more about our day at Mount Tamborine.

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Mt. Tamborine is an hour drive from our house and had been on our radar to visit for a while. All we really knew about the place was that is had some Skybridge walk that you could do. Other than that I assumed it was just some hikes and nature stuff.

Well.. you know what happens who you assume things.

Mount Tamborine has much more to offer- restaurants, chocolate shops, boutiques, wineries, hot air balloon rides, parasailing and plenty more activities to choose from.

Our first stop was at a hiking trail, Curtis Falls, that we stumbled upon as we aimlessly drove around.

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The path was pretty muddy since it had been raining all weekend, but I shockingly did not slip on any of those wet rocks much to Travis’ disappointment (neither did he, much to my disappointment- why is falling so funny?!).

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mttamborinebatsJust some bats hanging out (literally). This reminded me of the time the elementary school I used to teach at was on the news because we had bats inside our school. Nothing like doing car rider duty with Channel 13 helicopters hovering over the school. Good times.

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Much like Dora the Explorer, he rarely heads out on an adventure without his trusty backpack.

MtTamborineHike3After we finished the short hike (only 1.4km or 1 mile) we were ready for lunch and where else to eat but a winery?

There were multiple options to choose from but we picked Cedar Creek Winery because it was also the location of the glow worm caves I was set on seeing.

Despite the rain, we sat outside on the covered patio and enjoyed the view of the garden and fountains.MtTamborineCedar

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After lunch, I did a wine tasting in my workout clothes and we purchased some souvenirs to accompany our upcoming Easter dinner.

mttamborinewineAfterwards, we went to go check out what the deal was with the glow worms. Unfortunately, all of the tours were booked up until later in the afternoon. I was bummed because for some reason I had really high hopes for this artificial glow worm cave. I have since been told we didn’t miss out on much. I think I was just excited because I was picturing this:

glo worm doll

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I am sure those glow worms weren’t smiling or wearing hats so I guess it’s ok that we sat that one out.

Next we went for a drive and checked out the view from one of the lookouts…

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and looked at cute antique furniture that Travis wouldn’t let me buy because apparently we have no room in our tiny apartment (rude).

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Then we headed to the highly anticipated Rainforest Skywalk. I think we had pretty high expectations for this event of the day because we thought it would be like the hanging bridge tour we did on our honeymoon in Costa Rica.MtTamborineSkywalk

It was hard to really get a good perspective of how high the skywalk was in pictures but according the world wide web it’s 30 meters off the ground. I was just glad it was metal so Travis couldn’t shake it like he did the hanging bridges.

MtTamborineButterflyTo be honest, we were a little underwhelmed. We saw a lot of the same things we saw on our morning hike but just from higher up. I don’t really think that made it worth the $20 entrance fee we each had to pay. Next time we will stick to the free hikes. You live and learn.MtTamborineFlower
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MtTamborineVineAfter the short (1.5km) walk around the Skybridge we headed back home to Brisbane muddy, tired and pretty excited about our new found weekend destination.

Linking up with Travel Tuesday as usual!

16 thoughts on “Saturday at Mount Tamborine

  1. $20?! Omg, that’s quite pricey! But as you said, you live & learn. Aside from that, by the looks of it, it seems like you had a great time! Unbelievable that you have that place one hour away from where you live! So awesome!!

  2. You guys are hilarious! Falling is funny because…it’s spontaneous! 🙂 Love the line about wine tasting in your workout clothes – nothing wrong with that! Great photos, and what a fun adventure!

    • Courtney Alkek says:

      It wasn’t really that scary in real life, you start level with the bridge so you don’t realize how high it is.

    • Courtney Alkek says:

      I love Dora the Explorer references in any scenario. It was so pretty, I can’t wait to go back.

  3. I love Mt Tamborine! I ate lunch at Cedar Creek too, and you definitely didn’t miss anything with the glow worms. Granny Mac’s fudgerie is a bit of a local institution too – and The Old Church is an amazing restaurant!

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