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Tamborine Mountain - QLD

sunny 20 °C

Having met Mark a few weeks previously in Cabarlah, I couldnt' resist the offer for some time away at a property he looks after in Tamborine Mountain.

The house,
although dated, had beautiful grounds,
and the most amazing view from the bottom of the garden.

It all takes a bit of looking after though, so I cut the grass
with the help of a minor bird,
waiting to pounce on any skink, worm or bug that showed his head
and Mark trimmed all the shrubs and borders

and at the end of the day, it was great to sit in my favourite chair with a view
even on a misty morning

Tamborine Mountain is a 28 square kilometres (11 sq mi) plateau (8 km long by 4 km wide) in the Scenic Rim local government area of South East Queensland. Tamborine Mountain formed from series of eruptions from a large shield volcano in the Mt Warning area around 22 million years ago. Then rain fall, which gradually created vallys and gorges, steams and creeks. Where these streams merged, sections became isolated creating ‘land islands’ or plateaus such as Tamborine Mountain.
The name is of Aboriginal origin and has nothing to do with the musical instrument. The origin of the name Tamborine comes from the Anglicised version of the Aboriginal word 'Jambreen' which means 'wild lime' and refers to the finger lime trees growing on the mountain.

One of the main tourist attraction is the Glow Worm Caves
In 2002 Mr Will Buch, the head Park Ranger, started to notice the glow Worm colonies in the national parks were rapidly disappearing, This was because there were too many people coming to see the glow Worms at night, exposing them to bright lights from torches and cameras. When Glow Worms are exposed to bright light they turn of their glow and hide, preventing them from catching their food.
It was decided that a cave should be built in order to house a Glow Worm colony and give people the chance to see and learn about these amazing creatures in a safe environment, for both Glow Worms and people and reduce the impact people were having on Glow Worms in the National Park.
Glow-worm larvae catch their food on lines of sticky threads. When tiny insects get caught on the lines the glow-worm pulls up the thread with its mouth until the prey is close enough to eat.
It was amazing to be close enough to see the tiny larvae and their threads
Though as no photography was allows the above images are similar to what we saw, thanks to Google.

Outside the cave the local Eastern Water Dragons enjoy the man made river and bask in the sunlight
Water Dragons live in a variety of habitats: woodland, rain forest, grasslands and throughout urban areas with nearby water sources. They love water and can often be found cooling off in creeks and pools on a hot day. At night they use their sharp claws to climb tress and sleep on branches overhanging the water for a quick get away from predators.

Another local attraction is St Bernard's Hotel & pub, with great views from the balcony
and of course - St Bernards
which I've never seen, so it was great to get so close to these gentle giants

Heading out for lunch one day we drove to Canungra for a wlak along the river, which seemed popular with bikers
shed markets
and a very good pub for food and a cider

A great week spent in a beautiful and less visited part of Australia,
with the stars above us
and making the most of the sunsets!
from the gazebo in the garden
and from the hill nearby

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