With a five month old baby in tow, my husband and I decided to brave the Great South East and venture out to the Gold Coast Hinterland, destination, Mount Tamborine.
Approximately forty minutes' drive from Brisbane on the M1 is the base of Mount Tamborine. Instantly you are swept away to tranquillity, surrounded by stunning views of the Gold Coast Hinterland. The winding roads up to the summit unquestionably play a hand in soothing any baby to sleep, allowing me to put my feet up and relax, whilst my husband confronted the bends.
Once you reach the summit, the hustle and bustle of the main street is astonishing; it is surprising to think that amongst all this tranquillity is another side to the mountain that is a welcoming transition. The main street consists of galleries, knick-knack shops, gourmet food and coffee, and wine tasting for those after something a little bit stronger than a caffeine hit.
Finding a baby friendly restaurant for lunch proved to be relatively simple with quiet Indian Restaurant "Masala Shanti" taking the cake. The restaurant is situated at the top of the main street, and with a crying baby wanting a nappy change and feed, Masala Shanti's large outdoor deck was the perfect spot for our little family lunch.
We ordered succulent chicken tikka with a coleslaw salad, tender butter chicken, saffron rice and fresh garlic naan bread, all for under forty dollars. What a brilliant package; good food and a great atmosphere, alongside a stress-free very baby friendly deck.
To finish off our Tamborine experience we decided on a walk to burn off our lunch at Curtis Falls, on Eagle Heights road. It's an easy going walk that you can do with a baby in the front pack and on return from your walk visit the Nature Walk Café opposite the walking track for your coffee pick me up. The coffee is made at Mount Tamborine and I highly recommend it, their coffee beans are for sale, so you can take your little bit of Mount Tamborine home with you.
If you want to get away from the city and treat yourself to some time out on a budget, with stunning views and blissful tranquillity, Tamborine Mountain is the place to be.