Tamborine Botanic Gardens – a stretch of greenery that covers 11 hectares of the mountain, a slice of heaven where tropical meets temperate.
This small park is located within the busy North Tamborine shopping precinct, just a few meters off “Main Western Road”. Its close proximity to all types of shopping makes it the ideal respite area for partners not wanting to browse through one of the many shops close by! “DRIFT Cafe and Restaurant” overlooks Doughty Park, and serves delicious food and coffees 7 days a week.
“Doughty Park” offers limited children’s playground equipment and picnic facilities. Due to the proximity of traffic, children need to be supervised at all times. In 2012 a new modern public toilet block has been added to the list of facilities.
Doughty Park is also home to the accredited Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre which offers a one stop shop for local travel information such as maps, brochures and information on other things to do and to see on Tamborine Mountain.
Featuring the Mountain’s largest children’s playground (fully fenced and covered with shade cloth), this park offers great facilities such as a dog leash free area (also fully fenced) and a 7-station exercise track. A great park for the whole family!
Close by is the “Eagle Heights Shopping Village”, with all supplies you could possibly need such as a bakery, Foodworks supermarket, a butcher and so on. “Staffsmith Park” is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – everyone is welcome!
Offering all necessary picnic facilities, the “Lions Park” has plenty of room for the kids to roam around. Large trees provide shade on hot days and cooking can be done on a number of wood fired BBQ’s.
In early 2012, the Tamborine Mountain “Lions Club” installed two large picnic shelters, providing protection from the elements.
These feature large picnic benches and tables and a solidly built roof structure on a concrete floor. This addition makes “Lions Park” an even more popular picnic area. It is easily accessible, but still a little away from the “beaten track”. The new picnic shelters are located close to “Curtis Road”, with plenty of close by parking.
In December 2018 a large adventure playground was added, making “Lions Park” the ideal family picnic location. The adventure playground will keep the kids entertained for hours, offering endless climbing and playing activities. Raised seating for the “big kids” allows for easy supervision.
“Rosser Park” is located just opposite St.Bernards Shopping Centre, Siganto Street, Mt Tamborine (via ‘Henry Robert Drive’), across the road from the “St Bernards Shopping Village” and the famous “Taste Buddies” Convenience Store, where you will find Mrs Macs Pies, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream and home made fudge.
This park is easily accessible and well visited, offering sheltered picnic settings, wood fired BBQ’s, a children’s playground and sheltered areas. The public toilets on site have been painted to blend in with the fauna and flora of Tamborine Mountain, and are claimed to be a piece of art in their own rights!
Being located on the Southern end of Tamborine Mountain, the park is less frequented and thus offers a sometimes welcome reprieve from the busier Northern area. Also a great spot for kids and adults alike to relax before heading back down to the Gold Coast via Nerang using “Henri Robert” Drive.
“Guanaba Park” is a large playground with many facilities and heaps of room to keep the kids entertained for hours!
Just past the Golf Course on the left side of the road when heading up the mountain from Nerang using “Henri Robert Drive”, it is a great area for kids with good playground equipment and space for games of all kinds. Parents can relax on seating benches while keeping an eye out for their youngsters.
There are a couple of sheltered picninc settings with wood fired BBQs, as well as an open picnic setting and easy off-road parking. Public toilets are located just one minute’s drive away at “Rosser Park”.
Located at the southernmost point of Tamborine Mountain this once was a very popular lookout area including a viewing tower to give early settlers advance warnings of approaching bush fires. With the tower long gone and trees obstructing the views, this small park is now a quiet picnic area, offering a variety of facilities.
“The Knoll” picnic area and lookout is one of the many hidden treasures on Tamborine Mountain. The grounds are well kept; the shady grass area is quite large and offers breathtaking views inland. Plenty of parking, ease of access and all facilities make “The Knoll” an ideal spot for a picnic lunch or a BBQ.
The “Cedar Creek Falls” Picninc Area is located at the start of the walking trail to “Cedar Creek Falls”.
There are two distinctly separate picnic areas. The first one is closer to the car park and offers plenty of room and facilities. There are large flat grassed areas ideal for throwing a ball, with many tree sheltered picnic settings spread out along the edges. An ideal family area away from any traffic noise or similar suburban influences.
The closeness to the only swimming hole on Tamborine Mountain “Cedar Creek Falls” makes this picnic area the ideal summer destination. Three waterfalls are just 10 minutes walk away, inviting the visitor to cool down from the summer’s heat. The waterfalls are spectacular all year round, the gorge scenery breathtaking.
The second area is reached after approximately two hundred meters walk on a sealed path, just to the right of the beginning of the board walk that leads to the falls. This area was once used as a school and group campground, and therefore provides a safe and secluded setting for your next picnic, close to nature and with all facilities you could wish for!
Please note that at peak periods you will find it difficult to find a car parking spot close to Cedar Creek Falls and the Picnic Areas. To keep the impact on local wildlife (as well as the residents!) to a minimum, car parking spaces have been limited. The access road has yellow line marking on both sides, meaning that parking on the access road is NOT permitted, as the road is simply too narrow. Additional car parking is available at the start of the road, at the turn off to Thunderbird Park. From there a leisurely 20 minute stroll will get you to the first picnic area. For more information please CLICK HERE.
A popular area for sporting activities, “Geissmann Oval” is centrally located just off “Main Street” in North Tamborine, allowing you to get all your supplies within a short walking distance from all shops!
With heaps of picnic facilities such as shelter, a children’s playground, sporting fields, plenty of parking, easy access, shady trees and public toilets the oval is great for families and larger groups wanting a bit of space away from traffic and noise.
Please note that this area is host to several regular local sports events, which at times can limit the availability of all facilities on site.