North Tamborine

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    • Day 225

      Tamborine Mountains

      November 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      From Fraser Island we traveled south again. Our next stop were the Tamborine Mountains where we enjoyed some nice walks through the rainforest and visited a glow worm cave.

      Von Fraser Island ging es für uns wieder in Richtung Süden. Der nächste Stop waren die Regenwälder in denTamborine Mountains.Read more

    • Day 4

      Glow Worm Caves

      April 13 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      In den Tamborine Mountains hat sich das Weingut Cedar Creek Estate Winery einen so garnicht mit Wein zusammenhängenden Höhepunkt geschaffen, eine künstliche Glühwürmchenhöhle.

      Es ist schwer zu beschreiben, wie in hundertprozentiger Luftfeuchte bei 23°C mit einem Kescher selbstgefangene Insekten die sich rund um das Weingut in Tümpeln und Wiesen befanden, an über 3000 Glühwürmchen in der Höhle zum Füttern freigelassen werden.

      In absoluter Dunkelheit, ist das Lichtspiel der Biolumineszenz als Köder für die Mücken nicht auf Film zu bannen, dass muss man sich selber anschauen und geht nur in Ostaustralien und in Neuseeland, den natürlichen Vorkommen von Höhlenglühwürmchen.
      Die gesamte Höhlendecke und die Wände sind mit hunderten Lichtblitzen übersät, wie ein Sternenhimmel.

      Es gibt nicht nur Kakadus, Koalas, Kängurus und Kookaburras in Australien.

      Die kleinen Viecher, eine Langhornmückenart Arachnocampa hier ist der Name schon Programm, waren der Hammer.
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    • Day 172

      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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    • Day 273

      Canungra Showgrounds/Tamborine Mountain

      November 18, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Canungra Showgrouds, Tamborine Mountain, Hosanna Farm Stay & Mullumbimby Showgrounds:

      18th Nov - 30th Nov 2022

      I was sorry to leave my friends at Strathpine Showgrounds. Travelling solo can be lonely, if the next park is full of couples or families who aren't social. But there were some friendly German tourists at Canungra Showgrounds, which is situated at the base of Tamborine Mountain.

      They were keen to make Australian friends (or British ones) and practice their English. Felt obliged to correct some of their Australian-isms; "Yeah, nah" not being a thing, or "marone".

      The Germans had a crack at playing the piano, we had breakfast, they persuaded me to go to church to repent of my vast array of sins (the vicar was British) and then we explored the mountain. Lots of fudge and tourist shops up there. Beautiful views. Which I forgot to take a photo of. Sorry. The highlight here was the Glow Worm Tour in specially made caves but wasn't allowed to take photos as it upsets the worms.

      Mullumbimby Showgrounds were not planned. We had stopped at the planned Showgrounds in Murwillumbah, but after listening to the wannabe Drill Sergeant caretaker going on and on about how he 'runs a tight ship' whilst stroking himself - out came the hand and a "Let me just stop you there." He was dismissed with a "Don't let me keep you."

      I have no time for middle aged misogynists when they're not my employer. Oh, hang on. Didn't have time for them, either.

      Off we trundled to Hosanna Farm Stay, where we had the ridge of the mountain to ourselves, a swimming dam, with chicks and piglets to stroke.

      Mullumbimby Showgrounds were lush and situated under a mountain, but the sites were ridiculously small for a showground. They'd fenced off just an acre out of the available 25, for campers. Could only get my awning half out due to the proximity of my neighbours, who snored loudly each night. I played a recording for the caretaker, as I was packing up and he asked how my stay was.

      The local Vietnamese had the spiciest Pho soup I've ever tasted, through my tears of pain. Not how pho should be.

      This area is the poor cousin of Byron Bay. Which is full of 'individuals' wearing exactly the same uniform of dungarees and cowboy hats. Loudly declaring how original they are.

      No, love.
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    • Day 12

      Tambourine mountain distillery

      January 24, 2019 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

    • Day 130

      Trip to Tamborine Mountain

      June 17 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Day trip up to Tamborine Mountain beautiful hilly town with a lot to see the main street full of places to eat, drink, shop and eat haha. Then off to Curtis Falls, glow worms 🪱 and skywalk in the rainforest amazing.Read more

    • Day 12

      Mason wines

      January 24, 2019 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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    • Day 12

      Witches Falls winery

      January 24, 2019 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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    • 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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    • Day 7

      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

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