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North Tamborine

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  • Dec29

    Camping at Mount Tamborine

    December 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We have spent the last few days camping on Mount Tambourine, which is South of Brisbane and inland from the Gold Coast. The site was shady and we managed to get ourselves a very private spot. The kids have had great fun playing in the dirt and the river. We have enjoyed the relaxing fresh air and outdoor living and have been able to cook over an open fire.

    We saw some good wildlife- Bandacoot, wallaby, monitor lizard, stick insect, Cain toad, cockateel, laurequeets and cuckoburros. It was great!

    Yesterday we went to the Gold Coast to see the long stretch of beach there. It was busy, but the beach is so long it always has more space. It was mega hot so we had to stay in a restaurant until the sun eased a bit, then we all had fun in the sea and sand.

    Last night for New Year the kids did a performance show of some dances for us. We had YMCA, the Macarrenna and I like to Move it. Magnus danced so hard he got stitch and had to take a break and the girls filled in with some inspiring monkey type backing dancing. They have their parents dance talents....or lack of. Then they had fun with some sparklers whilst we adults drank some big pop to celebrate the new year. None of us managed to stay up until midnight, but Stew and Jamie were nearly there as they shared a bottle of red wine by the fire.

    It was a relaxing few days and the kids have been less argumentative as they have had more space and freedom.
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  • Day172

    Glow Worm Cave - Tamborine Mountain

    March 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Da wir in Neuseeland so sehr von den Glühwürmchen in den Waitomo Caves begeistert waren, wollten wir uns heute auch nochmal die Glühwürmchen Australiens ansehen😊
    Dazu sind wir nach Tamborine Mountain gefahren, wo es ein Glühwürmchen Forschungszentrum gibt, welches eine künstliche, von Glühwürmchen bewohnte, Höhle betreibt.
    Wieder war es wirklich schön die kleinen leuchtenden Tierchen 🌌 zu sehen, doch die 30 minütige Tour war kein Vergleich zu der Tour, die wir damals in Waitomo gemacht haben.
    Dennoch war der Regenwald um Tamborine schön anzusehen.🌴🌴🌴
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  • Day12

    Witches Falls winery

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    If you ever find yourself heading for the Gold Coast, immediately contact Helen at Ambience on Tour and book yourself a day trip. She has various types on offer - art, breweries and cheese, distilleries. We chose wine, with bonus wildlife stop.

    She picked us up from the hotel door at just after 9 and drove us up to Tambourine mountain, with a bit of a guided tour on the way. The first stop was Witches Falls winery. Like most of the wineries in the area they grow almost all their grapes some way away, in the Granite belt, but unlike the others they ship the whole grapes up the mountain and do the whole process on site.

    Grapes are first shaken loose from their stems. This releases a bit of juice, so reds and rosés sit for between 4 hours and 2 weeks to macerate in tall, unsealed steel vessels before pressing between 2 large air cushions and then filtering out the skins and pips. For fermentation some are inoculated with 2 strains of yeast (1 French, 1 South African) while others use wild yeasts.

    We tasted:

    2018 Granite Belt Verdhelo
    (coinoculated and 6 months in a stainless steel vat). Light straw colour, soft yeast on nose with pale tropical fruits. Taste stronger than expected from nose - fruity but with mineral undertone, quite acid but not puckering.

    2018 Granite Belt Sauvignon Blanc (coinoculated and 6 months in a stainless steel vat). V light colour- barely tinted and just a hint of elderflower nose, elderflower and lemon, hint of greenish tart apple

    2017 Granite Belt Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc (oaked for a few months).
    Much more straw in the colour, nose a little rubbery, buttery eggy toast. Taste rounder than the coinoculated, more tropical fruit. Lychee?

    2016 Granite Belt Wild ferment Verdhelo (oaked 2016l
    Nose butter and gooseberries, then an oak burst adds warmth and a bit of woody tannin under the fruit.

    2018 Saignée rose - syrah and black muscat, left on skin for 4 hpurs. powerfully fragrant - roses and strawberry with a hint of spice. Syrupy soft flavour, a bit more currant than the nose - just a hint. Primarily strawberry, wirh a lovely creamy texture that's just a little dry at the end.

    2017 Tempranillo wild ferment
    Slightly purplish red, nose of summer pudding with plenty of blackcurrant, flavour very close match to nose - slightly sharp

    2017 Garnasha wild ferment
    Pinky red, warm soft nose, sunned wood, hint of powdery violet. Initially smoother flavour but more tannins as it goes on.

    2016 wild ferment monastrell (mourvedre grape in Grance, monastrell in spain)
    Leather polish and herbs, sweeter on the taste than the nose and less tannin than expected, but flavour grows in size - bit of lamp oil, lots of fruit, sour cherries, dark chocolate, big legs.

    2015 Prophesy Merlot (Prophesy is the premium range) French oak barrel for 2 years, dark but not purpley, nose of French oak vanilla, BIG flavour, oaky, dark, cherries and chocolate. Tannins definite but relatively brief leaving a fruit finish.

    Moscato rose 8.2% rose and candied pineapple nose, taste pf rose and muscat grapes. Lovey drinkble light sweet wine - would go with a light pudding (morrocan orange cake) but good alone.

    Classic Tawny - syrah fortified with brandy. Port style. Add a layer each year. 20 y o. Lovely raisiny port style - sweeter and a little lighter than a typical port. Goes beautifully with the local mild bries that we tried: 1 truffled and 1 ashed.
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  • Day12

    Tambourine mountain distillery

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Wattle toffee
    Toasted wattle seed liqueuer - 20% gorgous smooth nutty, maply, smoky.

    Vodka (lemon), Limnoncello. Chocomint (taste like a bittermint), butterwhisky (more complex butterscotch), wild plum and elderflower (also contains rose), violetta parma violet), gingerbread (more sweet than ginger - soft), Australian herb.Read more

  • Day12

    Mason wines

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Verdelho 2017 steel tank nose has the creaminess of a macadamia, apppe with a hint of papaya; flavour much crisper - crunchy apple, sharper than the nose - vinho verde youth. Prob needs food.

    2015 chardonnay unoaked
    Nose green and herbacious. Taste quote christmasy - satsuma and clove, sharp, bit acidic.

    2016 semillion sav blan
    There was a fire at harvest time, so grapes slightly smoked. Brings out the umami. Sharp green gooseberry but warmed by the smoke, which really comes through at the back

    2018 picnic white (vedelho late harvest, 10%) nose mango and dried apricot, taste light and sweet. Not quite pudding sweetness but heading that way.

    2018 rose cab sav merlot
    Light salmon pink, soft warmish nose strawbwrry and sage. Yaste a bit sharper

    Picnic red -semi sweet shoraz. Almost porty when pairrd with food, drier alone.

    2016 shiraz redred Spicy, quite tannic, nose warmer and softer than taste. Sharp blackcurrant compote.

    2016 Shiraz cab sav sligbtly blueer red. Quite savoury and tannic, sour cherry, dense flavour. From a single block booth lane vineyard.

    Petit verdeaux 2014 cellar door collection. Nose soft, warm powdery plum and violet, taste is BAM sharp and tannins, plum stone. Not unpleasnt but oddly citeussy. Ised in bordeaux as art of a blend.

    Late harvest VCV 2016 viogner, chardonnay and verdhelo. Dark Greek honeycomb nose, v sweet but not cloying- good acid balance, lemon curd with a clear honey finish

    Lunch of felafel buddha bowl with avocado, tahini, pumpkin, quinoa, halloumi. Nougat and chocolate ice creams.
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  • Day39

    Die erste Schaukel der Welt?

    October 9, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Noch schnell ein Nachtrag vom letzten Sonntag: ein Ausflug zum nahen Tamborine Mountain, ein Hochplateau mit Regenwald und Wasserfällen, das 45 Auominuten entfernt liegt (also direkt nebenan quasi). Jetzt kickt mich persönlich das Meer noch weit mehr, denn das habe ich daheim eben gar nicht. Aber so ein besonderer Wald lässt mich dann auch nicht kalt :) Luftwurzeln zum Beispiel sind echt toll zum drin rumschaukeln.

    Übrigens noch kurz zum Namen: Mit dem Tambourin (mir bekannt aus dem schönen Dylan/Byrds-Song) hat der Berg nur insofern zu tun, als dass es ein für englische Ohren angepasster Begriff des Aborigines-Wortes Jambreen ist, und das bedeutet wohl so viel wie "wilde Limette".
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  • Day7

    Mt Tamborine

    July 13, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    A brief jaunt north this morning took us to Tamborine Mountain - a plateau of rainforest and waterfalls up a 17% gradient road. The rock pools at the base of Cedar Falls gave me an opportunity to get my feet wet and enjoy some spectacular scenery. En route back off the mountain, the Rotary Lookout have breathtaking views for miles over the low lying lands to the west.Read more

  • Day4

    Day on Tambourine Mountain

    April 27, 2006 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We spent the day at Tambourine today. We went to glowworms caves. It was pitch black and we had to wear glowstick necklaces so we knew where each other was. We visited a a dairy and tasted lots of cheese. Then we did a walk and visited Curtis Falls.

    What I saw
    Tamborine Mountain - Gold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaRead more

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