♥ And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul – Anon
Is there anything more magical than surrounding yourself with clean, crisp air, the sounds of the rainforest and spending time with one of your most cherished friends for the day? I don’t think so. These are the days which give me a happy heart and fill my appreciation-cup up for another week.
In my late teens & early to mid twenties, I spent many Australia Days the ‘traditional-Aussie’ way. Drinking in pools/at the beach/near any body of water – or in the back of a ute tray filled with a tarp and a hose. Listening to the hottest 100, eating BBQ, getting sunburnt and basically preparing for a 2-day hangover.
Rather than participate in any cockroach or cane-toad racing, thong throwing, XXXX boat-racing activities, at the advanced and mature-age of 31 (going on 32) – I decided that a bush-walk was on the cards. Not just for health reasons, but also to explore my own ‘backyard’, which I am quite passionate about and really want to promote as much as I can. I am also trying to stay alcohol-free for a couple of months (Christmas was a little too festive, if you know what I mean!); and I figured that going up a mountain and escaping into the forest was a pretty good way to avoid the typical Australia-day celebrations!!!
Petey & I have been the very best of girlfriends for many, many years now and we try to make our time together about quality and experience, rather than ‘going out’. We run in different circles for the most part and we both live the hectic corporate life – so we like to hang out make-up free, either doing something #fitspo (look, we try...) OR eating snacks and watching reality TV. Is that not what friends are for? ♥
We decided on whether we would head north or south, decided on south and within an hour of our early morning FaceTime chat, we were on the road and heading towards Mt Tamborine – a place which I personally think is one of Mother-Earth’s tropical gifts to South-East Queensland. Whilst not technically a mountain and more of a volcanic peak, it is known asTamborine Mountain / Mount Tamborine / Mt Tamborine.
It is a beautiful escape from the city, sits at 560m above sea level and has a population of around 7,000. Located along the Scenic Rim, Tamborine is a result of the Mount Warning volcanic eruption 22 million years ago. For tens of thousands of years it was the home of the Wangerriburra Aborigines and is also known as Wonglepong (which is believed to mean ‘forgotten sound’ – isn’t that beautiful?).
Sadly it’s beautiful sub-tropical rainforest would have began to be rapidly cleared for the purpose of agriculture and timber production from 1875 onwards, once the are was settled by the colonists (land clearing in Australian history since European colonisation has been reckless and incredibly sad). Thankfully, in 1908 movements were made to protect the natural beauty of the area and it became Queensland’s very first National Park.
We made our way to Witches Falls National Park walking circuit and started our descent. The Witches Falls Section of the Tamborine National Park was first proclaimed as part of the National Parks of Queensland on 28 March 1908. The circuit itself is 3.1km and is of moderate grade so it takes around an hour to walk. We took around an hour and a half to stop for photos and just breathe in and experience the area.
Our climb down the mountain was a fun adventure through medium density rainforest, walked over rocks, explored little streams and also made it to the Witches Falls lookout
Tamborine has some really amazing fauna & flora, it is the home of the giant earthworm (can grow up to 1m – eep!), carpet pythons, lyrebirds, scrub turkeys, brilliant parrots and lorikeets, tawny frog mouth, whip birds, bowerbirds, platypuses etc., There are glow worm caves, butterflies, possums, koalas and frogs.
We zigzagged down the mountain, through medium density rainforest, hopped over boulders, walked over little streams and also were able to peer off of the look out. There is something so calming, about peering off of a lookout and hearing that dense sound – the wind slowly crawling up the mountain, the sound of nature and the waterfall. It’s just so beautiful. Also I am sure the smell of the rainforest is my favourite smell on earth.
Our walk back up to the carpark was way, way, way less fun and with the amount of suncream + sweat which was pouring off me I was silently cursing my decision to go bushwalking. Also, have you ever tried to hide how unfit you are and not breathe like a warthog going up a hill and then nearly passed out because you aren’t getting enough oxygen? No? Just me, good.
Once we made it back to the car, we started our trip back down the mountain. Driving around the town you can stop at several little stalls out the front of people’s properties and pick up avocados, kiwi fruit, macadamia nuts and rhubarb – which all flourish in the area thanks to the volcanic soil and high rainfall. I managed to grab a gigantic bunch of fresh rhubarb from an honesty stand/box for $2.50 which smells so good sitting in my kitchen as I write this (I am decided what I will make with it tomorrow).
I had the most amazing day, it was a wonderful and inexpensive way to spend the day with a good friend. All we really needed to pay for were some snacks, some fuel and of course the large brown bag of goodies we took home from Yatala Pies (a landmark pie shop along the highway which has been around for 130 years!). I am really trying to promote things I love and of course discover what I have around me. So, if you do get to Mt Tamborine – here are my following recommendations:
- My favourite inland viewpoint is Rotary Lookout (Main Western Road).
- I highly recommend the Witches Falls Circuit – pick your time of day well though to avoid high crowds + heat
- If you feel like spoiling yourself, then I cannot recommend staying at the Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa (123 Alpine Terrace). It is romantic, secluded, beautiful and the memory of staying here will last a long while!
- If you have a spare $20 and want to check out the Tamborine Skywalk, it is absolutely gorgeous, however there are many free walks to experience around the area.
- Eat: Bavarian Grill Haus (160 Main Western Road) – I love the Jaeger Schnitzel & the Weizen.
- Oh and don’t forget to grab some fudge from Fudge Heaven and/or Granny Mac’s fudge store before you leave the mountain!
Have you been to Mt Tamborine? If you haven’t and you are in the area I highly recommend it! It is such a short trip, a beautiful destination with so much to do. There are wonderful places to stay, delicious restaurants, coffee shops, a giant cuckoo clock collection and fudge shops. If you get there, let me know what you think!
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