Over 500 metres above sea level, with views to Brisbane, the Pacific Ocean, and Mount Warning, is Tamborine Mountain, a volcanic plateau, 30 kilometres inland from the beaches of the Gold Coast. We live in the green - behind the gold!
Even in wet weather our mountain is a special place, often shrouded by mist, as the clouds meet the tree tops. Tamborine Mountain boasts nine national parks which offer a variety of walks through subtropical rainforests, home to a multitude of wildlife, including lyrebirds, lorikeets, wallabies, platypus and the mountain's famous scrub turkeys.
Accessible from the Pacific Highway at Beenleigh, Oxenford and Nerang, and via scenic hinterland routes at Beaudesert and Canungra in the west, five tar-sealed roads lead to a world of national parks, breathtaking scenery by day and the lights of the Gold Coast spread out in glittering array by night.
The National Parks have facilities for picnics and barbecues, or you can enjoy one of the many cafes or restaurants which offer both indoor and outdoor dining. Some with magnificent views of the Tamborine Mountain's surrounds. With many well known artists and crafts people living on the mountain there are shops, galleries, gardens and craft studios with something different for every taste and interest.
Lions Australia is part of an international association, filled with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy.
Dinner meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Gallery Cafe, 139 Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain.
Please contact the treasurer on (07) 55454415 to notify your attendance.
Administration meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the the Bridge Club, Sports Centre, Long Road, Tamborine Mountain.
All work and no play makes for a dull Lion!
The Lions Club of Tamborine Mountain has an active social program for its members.
Activities have included:
- Tour to Maleny, north of Brisbane
- Tour to Stanthorpe for the wine festival
- Tour to Toowoomba for the annual flower show
- Visits to Government House in Brisbane, Kokoda Barracks at Canungra, Queen Mary Falls near Boonah, St Helena Island in Moreton Bay, Yatala Brewery, Tweed River Art Gallery and an olive farm at Rathdowney.
Earlier this year Penny Lambert, one of our Lions members, passed away. Subsequently arrangements were made for a plaque to be postioned on the memorial wall at Lions Haven. Several Lions and Penny's family recently visited to view the plaque.
Intrepid members and friends recently visited the town of Tara for the biennial festival. Much fun, laughter, good food and beverages ensured the weekend was a raging success.
We all have 'history' - and so an excursion to the Beenleigh Historical Musem was a 'memory jogger' for Lions and friends. A great day out in the beautiful sunshine!
The RSPCA conducts the Million Paws Walk each year. The Lions were on hand to provide nurishment to the walkers and their four-footed friends, as well as assisting with the registration of participants.
The Lions Ormeau Fair has been going for eleven years and has been very popular with the local community. Lions from Helensvale and Tamborine Mountnain Clubs assisted the Ormeau mob with the catering.
Members and friends recently travelled to Queen Mary Falls located south-west of Boonah, for lunch and some four-wheel driving. The weather was fine, the company great and track was passable.
Fund raising for the RSPCA via the Million Paws Walk on Tamborine Mountain was supported by members. It was a great day for the four-footed friends to take their oweners for a meander down the tree-covered streets.
Putt-putt was the game - but few achieved a par for the course when members played at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. It was a beautiful Autumn day and lunch was greatly appreciated by the intrepid golfers.
Christmas cheer was the order of the night when members and friends gathered for the end-of-year Christmas function.
Raising funds to spend on community projects can be 'fun', as was the case at the December sausage sizzle at Bunnings.
Summer is coming - so why not enjoy the longer daylight hours with a social game of 'bare-foot bowls'? Members and friends found the Tamborinine Mountnain Bowls Club a convenient venue for this activity.
No champion bowlers were identified for the coming Commonwealth Games, but there was much laughter on the greens.
A cosy fire, good food and company ensured that the 'Great Debate' was enjoyed by all.
The chilling wind could not keep the Lions members from assisting with the inaugural Peaks Challenge - Gold Coast bike ride.
The mountain Lions played host to exchange students Julia from Germany and Sini from Finland when they visited Australia. They had an opportunity to see the wildlife, frollick on the beach and interact with members in a variety of activities.
It was 'change-over' dinner, but nothing really changed - same president, secretary and treasurer for the 2015-2016 year. Lions and guests assembled at Heritage Wines for a great meal, laughter and the official duties carried out by 2nd Vice District Governor elect, Ann Reed.
Lions assisted with the clean--up after a tree fell in one of the member's back yard. It was a time to brush off the cobwebs from the chain saw, get out the wheel barrows, and get up a sweat. Great effort by everyone!
It was a full house when the local four-footed friends took their owners for a walk on a Sunday moring in May. Lions were on hand to supply the necessary victuals.
Thirty-two Lions, Leos and guests visited the Museum of Australian Military Intelligence located in Kokoda Barracks at Canungra.
President Roger Baker conducted the recent induction and installation ceremony of new members of the Tamborine Mountnain College Leo Club. On hand to view the proceedings were students, parents, staff and fellow Lions.
It looked like the 'last supper' when members gathered for the monthly dinner meeting and guest speakers were two of our own affiliates. Martyn gave a speech on Toast Masters, while Linda spoke on the customs service. Both were informative, relevant and interesting.
The Lions Club of Tamborine Village hosted the zone dinner. It was a good night with entertainment, fine food and frivolity.
It was time to re-new the first aid qualifications so the Lions members gathered to the fray! Broken arms, collapsed lungs, knife wounds, allergic reactions, poisoness animals - all were treated calmly and with compassion.
It was a Monday evening at the St Beranrd's Hotel when members rallied to support the students in the local section of the Lions Youth of the Year Competition.
It was also an opportunity for Lions President Roger Baker to present Lion David Kirkpatrick with a pin to recoignise 33+ years of service to Lions International and the community.
A bar-B-Q was held in early February to kick-start members for 2015. Stimulating conversation, games, laughter and great food helped to pass the time on a summer's evening.
Australia Day is celebrated in many ways across the country but several members decided to assist a local resident rather than party.
The temperature reached 38 degrees, but it was not a hinderance to the Leos and Lions who worked at the sausage sizzle at the local Bunnings store.
It was sure to be a fun night when members congregated for the end-of-year function. And it was! Hilarious antics meant much laughter as 'Santa's undies' were tried on, the nodding swine was sought by all in the secret santa game, and excellent food and music rounded out the night.
Members were up early to assit with the annual Tour de Tamborine sports festivel held recently on the mountain. Over 1500 people congregated at the local sports ground to participate in the grueling events.
DG Ken Wilcox made an official visit to Tamborine Mountain recently. It was an opportunity for members to hear what is happening in the wider family of Lions, and for the DG to make several presentations.
It was a very special occasion when members attended the charter ceremony for the Tamborie Mountain College Leo Club which was held at the school. The official duties were carried out by District Governor Kent Wiilcox, district Leo Club coordinator John Wearne, and president of Tamborine Mountnain Lions Club, Roger Baker.
And for something different, we will have a 'games night'. Cane toads, cockroaches, minties wrappers, building blocks, bottle constructions, triangular dominoes and apple bobbing - all took centre stage when members gatherd for the monthly dinner meeting.
Convicts and Bushrangers, as well as Sir Joseph Banks and one of Arthur Phillip's wives showed up for the dinner meeting held in May. Guest speakers members Barry and Phil told the gathering of their travels to Western Australia.
It was a fun-packed, beautiful day when members travelled by boat from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. Great weather, great company and great lunch - what more do you need!
An information sesison was held at a member's scenic residence. Knowledge was imparted, laughter was in the air, and an abundance of food was consumed.
Members were on hand for the draw of the Christmas raffle outside IGA at North Tamborine and the exchange of bannerettes between Youth Exchange representative Louise from Malaysia and President John Young.
Several members talked and laughed when they assisted a family in need by some interior house painting and replacing a tired gate to a property.
It was fun and frivolity when mountain members gathered for the end-of-year function recently. What can you say - it was a great evening!
DG Ross Gibbins and his wife Lion Olly visited the mountain for dinner. It was an exciting night as nine new members were introduced to the pride of Lions.
A recent visit to Parliament House, Brisbane gave members an opportunity to catch up on their Queensland history.
It was a full house at the St Bernard Hotel for the October dinner meeting when Zone chairperson Judy Mensforth visited. Presentations were made to Megan, Lions Youth Exchange participant and to the boys who attended the Outward Bound Course. Guest speaker David McMaster from Australian Hearing informed the audience of audio possibilities.
Cows and sheep, as well as a scrumptious lunch, were on the agenda for the social outing to a robotic dairy and historic homestead.
Recently the club assisted with the sponsorship of Tearske Ellen to attend the World Youth Conference in the USA. At the dinner meeting members and guests were thoroughly impressed with the recount of the trip.
Lions are everywhere! Club members Phil and Barry have recently been to Western Australia, while Helen and John have seen the sights in Canada and Alaska.
As part of the Lions Youth Exchange Program, our Club hosted two students from Japan - Hanako Yamaguhi and Yuka Kawasaki
It was 'back to the future' when members visited the Brisbane City Hall. Morning tea was at the Shingle Inn, a tour of the building followed, and finally a quick sojourn to South Bank for a leisurely lunch. Who could ask for more?
It was a'black & white theme for the official visit to the club by the DG Merv Ferguson, OAM and his wife Betty.
The social activity for April 2013 was a visit to Care Flight Centre at Bilinga, followed by lunch at a local surf club, and then a visit to Roger the donkey at Nerang.
It was a chance to smell the flowers and view the heavens when members visited the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Planetarium.
Members were on hand to farewell Ali Guy, Lions Youth Exchange Representative, who went to Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. She enjoyed a 'white Christmas'.
Members enjoyed the Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre production of "Fox On The Fairway'
A First Aid Course was conducted for members and several showed flair with a bandage and defibrillator.
Guest speakers are interesting and varied, but all enjoy the friendly atmosphere on the mountain.
Raising funds for community activities and support to individuals brings a 'smile to your dial' for members of the Lions Club of Tamborine Mountain.
The recent Scarecrow Festival saw some local Lions soaring to great heights to get their entry ready.
David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh was host to some different animals when a pride of Lions from Tamborine Mountain visited recently.
Recently the club was host to two Japanese students, Rina Omino and Hitomi Ando, as part of the Lions Youth Exchange Program.
Every now and then the jacket comes out of the cupboard, the best dress gets aired, and members and friends gather for a great evening of entertainment and laughter. Such was a night the Club held its annual change-over dinner at Heritage Wines, Mt Tamborine
Jam and scones on the western verandah, and the orchestra playing French melodies - such is life at Newstead House on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Recently on a cold, wet and windy day members visited the Tweed River Art Gallery
The Club celebrated its 20th anniversary at an informal dinner.
The mountain people are known for their sense of humour and have-a-go attitude. This was highlighted at the recent members end-of-year function held at the botanic gardens.
When the district governor Lorraine McKenzie visited the mountain she was met by relations of the Marx Brothers.
Recently five intrepid members climbed Mt Warning. They looked ok at the start, but were very tired at the end of the climb.
Members attended the Ormeau Fair and spoke to the District Governor, Lorraine McKenzie
Members enjoyed the trip to Jondaryan Wool shed
Queen Mary Falls south of Boonah was visited by an intrepid group of Lions and friends
Kokoda Barracks at Caungra houses the Museum of Australian Military Intelligence. Tamborine Mountain Lions were intrigued to see where, when and what the Australian military is doing around the globe.
In 2010 members traveled to Grafton for the annual jacaranda festival. On the way they enjoyed the opportunity to take a ride on the miniature train in Casino.
Members enjoy the local attractions including the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens.
The drinks at the Carlton Brew House at Yatala were thoroughly enjoyed by our intrepid group of Lions.
Dinner meetings are held monthly and are well attended by members.