Eating out on Tamborine Mountain can be visiting one of the many fine restaurants and cafes or simply bringing your own delicacies and beverages or enjoying a BBQ in a one of the mountain's quiet and secluded picnic areas.
There are picnic areas to suit all your needs: sheltered, with a view over the Scenic Rim, with a children’s playground or with a wood or electric BBQ. You choose!
Cedar Creek Falls Picnic Area
Explore creek's various cascades, rock pools and plant communities, such as open and dry rainforest and hoop pines.
There are two picnic areas in the Cedar Creek Falls area and both are on flat grassy areas and are equipped with shelters, BBQ's and toilets.
Cedar Creek Falls: (UBD 304 E19).
The Knoll section of the Tamborine park is located in the north-west of North Tamborine. It contains the Cameron Falls Circuit (3 km) which offers fine views, rainforest environs, open forest and the occasional black skink sunbathing on the rocks. Knoll Road runs off Main Street.
While you are on Main Street, visit The Tamborine Mountains Natural History Association Information Centre in the village of North Tamborine.
The picnic area includes facilities such as large picnic shelters, electric BBQ's, a 'Lookout' bench and plenty of parking.
Also known as North Tamborine Park, Geissmann Park or Nth Tamborine Sports Centre, Geissmann Oval is a well utilised sporting venue for Tamborine Mountain residents and visitors. It is situated just off Main Street, North Tamborine where you will find restaurants, shops and cafes.
The oval has good picnic facilities including a large shelter and wood and electric BBQ's. There is plenty of room for the kids to play a game of soccer or go wild in the skate park.
North Tamborine: (UBD GC13 M12).
The picnic area in Doughty Park is a small area but central to the shops and cafes of North Tamborine. It is also home to the accredited Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre which offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.
The facilities include a small children's playground and limited sheltered areas.
Doughty Park: (UBD GC13 N14).
Featuring an under-cover children's playground and off-leash area for dogs, Staffsmith Park, Eagle Heights is an ideal picnic area for the whole family.
The Eagle Heights shops are just a stone's throw away and it is a short stroll to the famous Gallery Walk.
The picnic facilities include a large grassy area, wood BBQ, exercise equipment and is fully fenced.
Staffsmith Park: (UBD GC14 F12).
Lions Park in North Tamborine is a large grassy are with limited picnic facilities but include plenty of open picnic settings. There are also 3 wood BBQ's.
North Tamborine: (UBD GC13 P18).
Rosser park is just opposite St.Bernards Shopping Centre, Siganto Street, Mt Tamborine (via ‘Henry Robert Drive’) where you will find Mrs Macs Pies, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream and home made fudge.
The picnic area facilities include wood fired BBQ's, Picnic Table, Swings and sheltered areas.
Rosser Park: (UBD GC24 D14).
If you are traveling up the mountain from Nerang on Henri Robert Drive, Guanaba Park, Tamborine is just past the Golf Course on the left side of the road.
Picnic facilities include a good playground with swings for the kids, picnic tables, sheltered areas and wood BBQ's.
Guanaba Park: (UBD GC14 F12).
Lahey Lookout Park
Located 3 km north of Canungra, on Lahey Lookout Rd, Lahey's Lookout offers spectacular views over the high rise development along the coast.
The small Lookout Park was originally where a viewing tower stood - built by the early settlers of the mountain as a place to observe bush fires approaching the mountain.
Picnic facilities include sheltered picnic areas and a gazebo.
Lahey Lookout Park: (UBD GC33 M5).
The Botanic Gardens
A visit to Tamborine Mountain is not complete without time spent in the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Eagle Heights, where tropical meets temperate.
Covering 11 hectares, the Gardens consist of exotic species and the natural rainforest of Tamborine Mountain. Over 25 years, Volunteers have developed this property into the highly-photographic boutique Gardens that they are today.
There is a covered eating area and picnic tables placed between the trees. There are toilets available.
You will need to bring your own drinking water.
A large part of the Botanic Gardens are accessible to pushers and wheelchairs. Some of the paths have slight to moderate slopes.
The Botanic Gardens: (UBD GC 14 D8).
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