Once again 43 members headed off on a great day trip to Mt Tamborine. After picking everyone up we started our journey to Mt Tamborine under sunny skies. Had a reasonable trip down the M1 turning off at Helensvale onto the Tamborine Oxenford Rd and then we wound our way up the steep road to the top of the mountain. We arrived at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens just after 10AM for our morning tea stop and a chance to have a quick look at the gardens. Once again Margaret from Red & White supplied a very nice morning tea for us all.
We only had 45 minutes at the gardens; you could spend a lot longer to have a good look around. Then back on the coach for a short drive to the Gallery Walk Precinct where we had an hour to check out all the Arts, Craft, Fudge, Wineries and fashion clothing stores. Walked down one side and back the other side with some people purchase things to take home. I don’t think I have seen so many Cuckoo clocks as I did in the German Cuckoo Clock Nest. About 12:30 we made our way to St Bernards Hotel for lunch, talk about the view down over the coast, it was spectacular. Here we enjoyed a cold drink, a very nice 2 course lunch with tea and coffee. The staff where very helpful and friendly and we even had a chance to pat the 2 St Bernard dogs they have on site.
After lunch we did a short drive around to check out the view down over the Gold Coast and all the high rise buildings before starting our return trip home down the mountain via a different road which was very windy past Tamborine, Cedar Creek into Yatala onto the M1 again. Unfortunately we had a very slow trip home with stop start traffic on the M1 from Beenleigh to Underwood and then again from the usual spot on the Gateway at Nudgee.
Still everybody enjoyed themselves and had a great day.