It was the girls’ weekend away we both needed – but it wasn’t long enough.
My sister and I spent the weekend living lavishly on beautiful Tamborine Mountain amongst the lush rainforest of the Gold Coast Hinterland and we didn’t want to leave.
We’d been planning to get away for a while and found a lovely little place to stay on the cliffs of Tamborine Mountain, called Avocado Sunset Bed and Breakfast.
We booked their Oriental Suite, which includes a Queen-sized bed (we didn’t mind sharing), a log burning fireplace and a spa bath overlooking a natural rainforest garden, plus a hot and cold breakfast every morning, all from just $245 per night.
Avocado Sunset B&B owners Richard and Cheryl live on-site. They live downstairs, while the upstairs is set aside for guests, featuring a shared lounge area with a log fireplace, a dining room and a balcony with breathtaking views out across the Valley to Mount Barney and the Great Dividing Range to the West.
The B&B offers guests the choice of four themed rooms; The Daintree Room featuring a huge double spa bath and a balcony with fantastic views out to Beaudesert, The Mediterranean Room with a deep luxurious bath and a huge deck looking out beyond the Hinterland’s tall gums, The Safari Room with a huge double spa bath and a log fireplace and The Oriental Suite.
The Oriental Suite was inviting, vibrant and very warm – partly because Cheryl had the fireplace going for us, but also because it felt homely and comfortable.
The Oriental theme certainly played a huge role in the styling of the suite, but wasn’t at all over the top. Traditional Thai colours were scattered throughout the suite, including red and gold feature walls and matching cushions. There was also Thai style artwork and traditional fans on the walls and all the furniture was wooden with touches of Thai style fabrics and beautifully hand carved embellishments.
The room featured a little patio area which looked out onto the beautifully manicured and colourful front garden. The spa looked out onto a beautiful rainforest garden with natural rock cliffs and a pond.
The room also had a small fridge with complimentary soft drinks, milk and chocolates, as well as a kettle with tea and coffee.
In the morning we awoke to the heavenly smell of bacon. Breakfast at the B&B starts at 8am and runs until 9am.
As we sat down at the beautifully laid country style table we immediately noticed the amazing views all the way out to Beaudesert.
Richard came out to greet us, showing us the cold buffet with an array of delicious mueslis, fruits, cereals, yoghurts, spreads and toast.
After finished our bowl of yoghurt topped with muesli and fresh fruit, we were asked to order from the hot breakfast menu. The hot breakfast menu gave us the choice of home grown free range eggs (poached, fried or scrambled), bacon, ripe Roma tomatoes, fresh sautéed mushrooms, baked beans and black pudding. I ordered the scrambled eggs and bacon, tomatoes, black pudding and it came with a little side of avocado.
At the table Richard explained to us that the eggs were fresh from a farm in Toowoomba; the farmer (Richard’s mate) was staying with his wife at the B&B for the weekend. He also told us that the rhubarb spread, which was offered as a condiment in the cold buffet was fresh from the garden across the road and the avocado, from the B&B’s back garden.
The property is home to quite a few different varieties of avocados, which is where the name Avocado Sunset came from – that and the incredible views of the sunsets.
After breakfast, we had to explore. We checked out the amazing view from the balcony, walked through their rainforest garden and amongst their avocado trees. It was a beautiful morning and the incredible views overlooking the valley made it even more special.
After our garden adventure we decided to check out the Joalah section of Curtis Falls and take the rainforest walk. Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘haunt of the lyrebird’ and in winter the loud calls of the male Albert’s lyrebird can be heard.
The track starts from the Dapsang Drive carpark, but you can also access it from the shops on Eagle Heights Road which adds an extra 800 metres to the walk. The total walk is about 1.5km and takes about 30 minutes, but if you’re like us and you’re stopping all the time to look at things and take photos then it’ll probably take you longer.
The walk is amazing, taking you through the beautiful rainforest filled with palm trees, ferns and vines, and down to a large pool at the base of Curtis Falls. There is an impressive view of the falls and surrounding basalt rockface from a viewing platform.
As you follow the track, it takes you downstream letting you explore the rock pools and creeks amongst the thick rainforest. It gets colder and colder as you go deeper into walk, so it’s best to take a jumper with you.
There was something really magical about it all, the birdsongs and the surrounds. Someone had actually left a trail of glitter along parts of the walk, which made it even better. It kind of felt surreal for a moment, like we were in mystical fairy land. I felt like a kid again.
Gallery Walk Shopping Precinct
After the walk, we decide to go and check out the Gallery Walk Shopping Precinct. If you’ve never been to Tamborine Mountain, the gallery walk is one of the most well-known and popular visitor attractions there. It’s basically a strip of little boutique shops and cafes, with heaps of treasures and interesting finds.
For morning tea we decided to stop at Cafe Bravo, a little Mediterranean Cafe with olive trees out front. We each ordered a coffee, a piece of cake to share and two hot cinnamon donuts. Cafe Bravo’s coffees were actually made really well and very smooth. The cake was a coffee and custard layer cake and it was heaven! And, the fresh hot cinnamon donuts – need I say more?
After morning tea we explored more of the gallery walk. Two of our favourite stores were Tamborine Tea and the German Cuckoo Clock Nest.
Tamborine Tea has a huge variety of tea, coffee, tea sets and cups. We ended up buying some Strawberry and Cream flavoured tea which contained rose petals and had an incredibly fragrant smell, as well as some Lemon Green tea and some cute little metal infusers with butterflies and lady beetles attached to the chains. We don’t even drink tea, we just couldn’t resist.
German Cuckoo Clock Nest
The German Cuckoo Clock Nest is filled with grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks and little souvenirs like cow bells, beer steins and Christmas items. There were so many interesting items we wanted to take home, like these cute little painted music boxes and old style dolls, but we decided to save our money.
When we got back to the B&B that afternoon we were knackered. We started the fireplace up, got into our robes and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. We were dreading having to check out — we wanted to stay longer!
Early the next morning we watched the sunrise from the balcony outside and in the distance we could see two red hot air balloons floating by. It was magical!
After breakfast, Richard came to collect our plates. He looked at us and said, “it’s back to reality tomorrow.”
“Please don’t make us leave,” I replied, and everyone laughed.
The thing is, I wasn’t kidding.
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Cedar Creek Falls
On our way back home we had to check out Cedar Creek Falls. Cedar Creek Falls is a spectacular sight with cascades, waterfalls and rock pools at every turn. The nature walk takes you down into an open canyon and right to the bottom of a series of large and small waterfalls. There are heaps of lookouts and viewing platforms to get some great photos of the falls, and right at the bottom you can walk out onto the rocks and explore the smaller waterfalls. In summer, you can actually take a dip in the rock pools of the canyon. I wouldn’t recommend it in winter though, the water is like ice.
We loved our weekend getaway to Tamborine Mountain — it was so relaxing and refreshing! Try it out for yourself!
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