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Published July 19th 2012
Best 3 ways to tantalise your tastebuds in Mount Tamborine.
So you are sitting on the beach at the Gold Coast and you are burnt, boiling and bored? There are amazing places to explore just a short drive away from one of the most famous strip of beaches in Australia. So grab yourself a car, some friends, a hearty appetite and get going!
Tamborine is a rural district about an hour from Surfers Paradise. It is a scenic drive that flows past sprawling estates, natural bushland and winding mountainous trails. There are plenty of places to stop on your way to the small townships of North Tamborine, Tamborine and Eagle Heights – an interconnected group of villages that offer delicious produce, beautiful artwork and intriguing historical and cultural artefacts.
A picturesque property that houses a small vineyard next to the converted barn: the cellar door. It is an open, high-ceiling room that oozes country appeal. Saddle up to the natural wood bar and nominate yourself for their wine tasting selection. Due to RSA guidelines, customers are able to sample 5 wines of their choice. During your wine swirling you are also welcomed to try their selection of vinegars and oils from the Hunter Valley. Once your tasting is complete you can choose to grab a glass of your favourite, a scrumptious cheese platter and a picnic blanket and head out to the well-manicured lawns to enjoy your delicious treat. For sincere cheese enthusiasts the good news is that the serves are very generous.
Stop Two: Granny Macs – Gallery Walk, Eagle Heights Eagle Heights is a beautiful location that boasts a bustling main street of wineries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and art galleries. There are a few different venues to indulge, but Granny Macs is certainly a sweet-tooth's paradise. In the quaint cottage style building you will find a large selection of imported, traditional and local sweets. There is also a cafe, locally made gifts and an ice-creamery. At the back you will find heaven: fudge. There are over 20 flavours to choose from and the lovely staff members are more than happy for you to carefully judge which one is your favourite with free taste testings. Personally, I think that the Russian Caramel is to die for, but my Husband does reassure me that the Pumpkin Pie is equally delicious. Only one way to make your own mind up!
Witches Chase Cheese Company is an award winning cheese maker that has delighted locals and visitors alike with their creations. Over 15 varieties of cheeses await your taste buds in this very open air location. A beautiful beer garden accompanies this shop front as well as a local brewery and a popular restaurant. There are usually many keen cheese tasters at the ready and patience is advised, but I assure you it is well worth the wait for their triple cream brie and goat's milk fetta.
They also offer dried fruit, wine paste and crackers to accompany your cheese purchase to enjoy in the beer garden. With ample parking your only difficulty will be which cheese to choose.