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Tamborine Mountain
Bavarian Grill Haus & Red Baron Brewery
The Polish Place
Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Left to right; Bavarian Grill Haus & Red Baron Brewery, The Polish Place
Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Highest point
Elevation 525 m (1,722 ft)
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Location Queensland, Australia
Parent range Great Dividing Range
Age of rock Aquitanian
Mountain type Shield volcano
Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain is located in Queensland
Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain
Location in Queensland
Population 7,506 (2016 census)
 • Density 176.61/km2 (457.4/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4272
Area 42.5 km2 (16.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Tamborine Mountain:
Tamborine Cedar Creek Wongawallan
Boyland Tamborine Mountain Guanaba
Wonglepong Benobble Witheren Clagiraba

Tamborine Mountain is a plateau and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Tamborine Mountain had a population of 7,506 people.


StateLibQld 1 117904 Clearing timber on a block at Mount Tamborine, 1912
Timber cutting at Tamborine Mountain in 1912
Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine National Park
Cedar Creek Falls, 2011

Tamborine Mountain was inhabited by Aborigines for tens of thousands of years and, at the time of early European settlement, lay in the territory of the Wangerriburras. The origin of the name Tamborine comes from the Anglicised version of the Aboriginal word 'Jambreen' from the Yugambeh language. The spelling also appears on early records as Tchambreem and even Goombireen, which means 'wild lime' and refers to the finger lime trees growing on the mountain.

Until it was opened for selection in 1878 it was covered with a diverse range of forest types. In that year the first white settler, John O'Callaghan selected a parcel of land on the mountain. Much clearing for agriculture took place, though efforts were made to protect the natural values of the area, with Witches Falls National Park (now part of the Tamborine National Park) being declared in 1908, the first in Queensland. The Tamborine National Park is made up of 12 separate sections of land, mainly remnant rainforest, on the plateau and surrounding foothills. A tourist road to the mountain was opened in 1924.

Heritage listings

Tamborine Mountain has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Geissmann Drive: Tamborine Mountain Road
  • 2–4 Geissmann Street: Former Presbyterian Church
  • 6–8 Main Street: Former Mountain Crest Guesthouse
  • 22 Main Street: Zamia Theatre
  • 386–398 Main Western Road: Tamborine Showgrounds and Hall



Tamborine Mountain Town (A) Dec 2013
Gallery Walk, one of the mountain's most popular tourist locations

Human settlement on the plateau is centred on three village communities: North Tamborine, Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine, with a total population of about 5,100. The plateau is classified as a rural area, with zoning restrictions that prohibit property from being subdivided. There is no reticulated water supply or sewerage system, and residents are dependent on rainwater, bores and septic systems. Many residents commute to work on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane.


The Knoll Lookout Tamborine Mountain
The Knoll Lookout, 2012

Tamborine Mountain attracts many tourists to "Gallery Walk" along Long Road, a street devoted to art galleries, cafes and souvenir shops. Other tourism-heavy areas include Main Street, two one-way roads with cafes, library, fuel, hardware stores, newsagent, the Zamia Theatre, various other shops, and the Tamborine Showground Markets, held every second Sunday of the month. A new major shopping precinct contains more of the above, and a SupaIGA supermarket.

The Glow-Worm Caves are a man-made attraction which opened to visitors in March 2006. They are located in one of the many wineries on the mountain. There are several fine dining locations.

Walking tracks

Tamborine Mountain is well known for walking tracks winding through rainforest regions and occasionally past cliffs or waterfalls. The most well-known ones are the Curtis Falls rainforest track and the Knoll. The Palm Grove walk is a 30-minute downhill trek to a massive fallen fig tree (blown down by storms in 2013) through a vast skyline filled with 30-metre (98 ft) tall palms. The track passes mountain streams, a waterfall and wildlife. The Botanic Gardens are found in Eagle Heights.


  • Tamborine Mountain State High School (Secondary years 7–12)
  • Tamborine Mountain College (Primary in 2015 – preps–6, secondary years 7–12)
  • Tamborine Mountain State School (primary – year 1 – 7)
  • St Bernards State School (primary – year 1 – 7)


Tamborine Mountain State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Curtis Road (27°55′51″S 153°12′01″E / 27.9308°S 153.2002°E / -27.9308; 153.2002 (Tamborine Mountain State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 581 students with 47 teachers (41 full-time equivalent) and 27 non-teaching staff (18 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Bernard State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1-19 School Road (27°58′13″S 153°11′54″E / 27.9704°S 153.1982°E / -27.9704; 153.1982 (St Bernard State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 238 students with 22 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Tamborine Mountain College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 80 Beacon Road (27°55′38″S 153°10′35″E / 27.9272°S 153.1763°E / -27.9272; 153.1763 (Tamborine Mountain College)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 462 students with 36 teachers (33 full-time equivalent) and 16 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

Tamborine Mountain State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Holt Road (27°55′58″S 153°11′24″E / 27.9328°S 153.1900°E / -27.9328; 153.1900 (Tamborine Mountain State High School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 936 students with 81 teachers (68 full-time equivalent) and 39 non-teaching staff (31 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

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