The population on the plateau has settled in three suburbs, North Tamborine, Eagle Heights & Mount Tamborine, although locals do refer to a few more such as Olde Eagle Heights & Forest Park. Tamborine Mountain is classified as rural with no reticulated water supply or sewerage system. Residents are dependent on rainwater, bores and septic tanks. Many residents commute to work on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane. The schools are Tamborine Mountain State Primary (1900), Tamborine Mountain State High (2001) and Tamborine Mountain College (1995). Mount Tamborine (the southern locality) has the St Bernard State Primary School (1914)
Situated at the southern end of the Tamborine Mountain plateau is Mount Tamborine. Many describe it as the “rural side of the mountain” consisting of acreage properties ranging from 1 to 50 acres with the exception of the Golf Course Estate, which was divided into 300 blocks in the 1950’s, nestling around the Tamborine Mountain Golf Course. The evening dew ensures that the flora retains its greenness even in protracted periods without rain. Mount Tamborine offers scenic walks for its residents, the St Bernards School, day care centre, St Bernards Hotel, plentiful B&B’s, hairdressers and its famous, convenience store, Taste Buddies.
North Tamborine is situated between Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine. It’s Main Street, two one-way roads, is flanked with cafes, a supermarket, post office, hardware stores, a newsagent, library, take-a ways, banks, various other shops and is the main hub for the locals of Tamborine Mountain. North Tamborine is a popular suburb due its close proximity to shops, schools and general village atmosphere.
Olde Eagle Heights residential area adjoins the Botanical Gardens and National Park and is only a short walk to the ‘ Olde Eagle Heights Shopping Centre’ and to the popular Gallery Walk precinct.
Eagle Heights is situated at the northern end on the Scenic Route from the motorway. It is a rural / residential area on the Tamborine Plateau, is 50 km south of central Brisbane and 18 km west of Labrador on the Gold Coast. The origin of the name is unrecorded. In 1997 Eagle Heights was designated a locality within the larger district of Tamborine Mountain which also included North Tamborine and Mount Tamborine.
Clagiraba lies within the Hinterland on the way to Tamborine Mountain, its residents enjoy a quiet lifestyle with many horse properties in this area. Clagiraba Creek is a tributary of the Coomera River and the name is derived from the aboriginal name ‘Kalagareebah’ meaning young or single men’s ground. This was a region where young men were taken on tour during their initiation ceremony.
Guanaba is a rural zoned area with large acreage properties & farms. Guanaba has a lovely swimming hole and picnic facilities at the back of the Guanaba Reserve next to the Guanaba Rural Fire Station. The Guanaba waterways are home to platypus, which can apparently be spotted in the evening if you a very quiet! The land was mainly used for dairy farming, but these days, the school and dairy farms are gone and there are many new families living in the area. The name Guanaba remains as both a district located at the foothills of Tamborine Mountain as well as the name of a creek which flows into the Coomera River.
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