MOUNT TAMBORINE, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND
Mount Tamborine was a definite favourite spot for those attending a recent get-together of the Sabona Coffee Club in Brisbane. Everyone was asked to share some of the places that they had visited that they would recommend to others.
The Tamborine area was described as a good place for camping and rainforest walks. According to the Queensland Museum publication Wild Places of Greater Brisbane, Tamborine Mountain is a plateau that runs north from the McPherson Ranges on the Queensland/New South Wales border, and is an ideal area for seeing a wide variety of vegetation and fauna over relatively small distances.
Daniel said that Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights, which is on Tamborine Mountain, is well worth a visit. It's described as the art and craft centre of South East Queensland and includes galleries and craft shops, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, porcelain, glass, jewellery, woodwork and fabrics. There are also options for coffee, light refreshments or lunch. Also in the area is Cedar Creek Wine Estate, which serves a great value for money lunch, according to Louise.
Afrikana gallery, Melbourne
Melbourne's Afrikana Gallery, which showcases the best of modern and traditional African art has a spring collection called African Vibes. A visit is sure to melt those winter blues, revive the spirit and boost flagging energy levels, writes Colleen Bate. Sourced from across Africa, the new collection of artworks showcases a grand variety of style, design, colours and textures and provide clients with endless possibilities.
The body of work includes an extensive range of beautiful ceramic pieces, both decorative and functional, which varies from bold, contemporary pieces with striking combinations of colour and design, to fine porcelain pieces adorned with exquisite hand-painted detail.
New additions to the children's art corner in the ‘Hippo Hot Spot' include a gorgeous range of wooden bird sculptures and brightly coloured tin cars from Mozambique.
Based in South Melbourne, Afrikana Gallery is run by Allana Reid and her friendly staff, who offer extensive knowledge and experience across the spectrum of modern and classical African art.
There is also an online gallery at www.afrikanagallery.com.au, where one can browse the current selection of available artwork.
A Few More
Kathy recommended O'Reily's, which is less than two hours from Brisbane, and adjacent to Lamington National Par k. “There are the most beautiful birds to feed – Eclectus parrots being the most stunning,” she said. She added that there is also a good child friendly restaurant.
An easy-to-miss walk near Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island was mentioned by Ianthe. North Gorge Walk is on the East Coast Road, past Frenchman's Beach and is described on the island's website as a dirt track that turns into a modern wooden boardwalk. It is a perfect location to watch a sunrise or sunset and an ideal vantage point for whale watching between June and November.