Tamborine Mountain – Food, Wine and Wildlife

Avocados and rhubarb mt tamborine

Even though I’ve lived in Queensland for over four years now, I’m still discovering local foods and areas within south-east Queensland. After the Problogger Training Event, I was invited by Tourism and Events Queensland to visit Tamborine Mountain.

Tamborine Mountain calls itself “The Green Behind the Gold”, as it’s located on the Gold Coast Hinterland, and it was certainly lush and beautiful, with rainforest and bushland. The mountain makes up part of the Scenic Rim, which encompasses the a previous volcanic hotspot, meaning fertile soils and lots of wildlife:

bush at mt tamborine

Carpet python

kookaburra stealing food mt tamborine

Some of the wildlife was a little too friendly!

Tamborine Mountain is famous for growing rhubarb, avocados and golden kiwifruit. In fact, the largest kiwifruit farm in the southern hemisphere is located there (take that New Zealand!). There were roadside stalls selling fresh veggies straight from the farm all over the place, and I was able to pick up some very cheap avocados (4 for $1) and rhubarb to take home.

But it’s not only famous for veggies, Tamborine Mountain is a bit of a foodie haven, with Witches Chase Cheese, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, two breweries, several wineries and two fudge shops.

witches chase cheese mt tamborine

We went to Songbirds Restaurant for dinner and had an amazing five course degustation menu. One of the fantastic things about this restaurant was the on-site organic garden on-site, which the chef uses to base the meals on. Even the water comes from their on-site well, and they make their own gluten free bread, which was the best I’d ever tasted.

Here’s what we ate:

capaccio of beetroot with feta mizuna and pistachios

Carpaccio of beetroot with fetta, mizuna, pistachios and labne.

Velveted prawns songbirds mt tamborine

Velveted king prawns with organic fennel risotto and parmesan crisps

Pork belly songbirds mt tamborine

Pork belly slow cooked for 13 hours and served with cauliflower puree and green apple paste

Duck songbirds mt tamborine

Confit duck leg, house made duck sausage, dauphinoise and blueberry jus

Sorbet dessert songbirds mt tamborine

Trio of housemade sorbet topped with dehydrated strawberries

I’m hoping to be able to recreate at least a couple of the dishes at home and share the recipes with you, so stay tuned!

rosellas mt tamborine

I know I will be back to Tamborine Mountain to visit, especially since it is only 80km from Brisbane.

Have you ever been to Tamborine Mountain? Do you have a favourite foodie holiday place near you?

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  1. Now I am hungry! That prawn risotto was fabulous. It was lovely to spend time with you over the weekend Liz.

  2. I haven’t been to Tambourine Mountain, but based on that description I would add it to the itinerary next time we’re in the Brisbane area. After going to France I would love to try real Australian goat’s cheese – it’s hard to find. And it’s nice to see smaller but higher quality food portions.

    • The cheese was delicious and they use local milk as well 🙂 I can imagine the goat’s cheese (and all the cheese) must have been fantastic in France!

  3. Lovely photos Liz. You’re so brave for getting so close to that snake!

  4. If the Tambourine Mountain people invited bloggers to their area to drum up more tourism, I think they have succeeded. I want to go now even if I have to travel more than half way across the world to get there. You did a great job of telling about your visit.

    Also, in my mind, Australia has a LOT of poisonous animals. Was that snake poisonous?

  5. Gorgeous Photos! I’ll need to add Tambourine Mountains to my next visit. 🙂

  6. What beautiful birds! This post reminded me of how much I enjoy kiwi . . I don’t get to eat very often but it’s so yummy. And that sorbet! I want a bite 🙂

    • Thanks Amanda, I really love the bird life we have in this area. At uni we have a lake and it’s always covered in so many different species.

  7. I love Tambo (as we call it here hahah) I’ve moved to the gold coast recently, and much prefer the drive up the mountain to the drive up the beach. Such a beautiful community spirit and a gorgeous place!!

    • Thanks for stopping by Mel, of course it would have a shortened name, we shorten everything here 🙂 I think I prefer the mountains to the beach as well.

  8. I don’t think I’ve heard of Tamborine Mountain. It looks like a lovely place to visit for nature and good food!


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