Enter the large German chalet style structure and you'll instantly be surrounded by a multitude of clocks. From the simple to the ornate, the small and the large, the budget and the expensive, from cuckoo clocks to grandfathers – and everything in between.
As the name suggests, the backbone of the store is its huge range of cuckoo clocks. Though the exact origin of the cuckoo clock remains a mystery (the two main theories are still debated today) the fact that the black forest region in Germany first brought the cuckoo clock to the world is not disputed.
Genuine Black Forest cuckoo clocks start from around $40 (Quartz movement), while genuine German made 1 and 8 day mechanical cuckoo clocks can cost up to $3,390 – worth every cent when you consider the incredible artistry and intricacy of these timepieces.
While the cuckoo clocks are amazing, I am personally more partial to the longcase, or grandfather clocks as they are now commonly known. English clock maker William Clement is widely accepted as the first creator of the grandfather clock in the late 17th century. Despite their English origin, all grandfather clocks sold by Cuckoo Clock Nest feature German made movements by Hermle or Kieninger.
For me, the grandeur, elegance and imposing scale of the grandfather clocks win out over the intricate and beautiful cuckoo clocks in this Anglo-Teutonic showdown.
Grandfather clocks start from around $1,290 and get up to $17,990 for the top of the range products. There are a multitude of other options in between.
Cuckoo Clock Nest also offers wall clocks, mantle clocks and wristwatches and a range of German inspired souvenirs, including an impressive array of beer steins.
Most visitors will be satisfied to wander around the store and soak up the unique ambiance. If you do however succumb to temptation (hard to resist, believe me) and make a purchase, delivery and installation can be arranged by the store's friendly staff.
For anyone living outside of the South East Queensland region, you can still browse and purchase the full range of clock products on the store's website.
For all those lucky enough to be able to visit Mount Tamborine, make sure to include the Cuckoo Clock Nest on your itinerary. It is a truly fascinating and unique experience.
Thanks for this article David. I've seen this place many times but never been inside. I should obviously give it a try, though. I'll just have to make sure my visit doesn't coincide with ringing the new hour - I don't think I'd enjoy all those cuckoos doing their thing at the same time.