#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Over 50s Lifestyle Travel

Lunch in the Rainforest at Mount Tamborine

February 2, 2022

Mr M and I have made a New Year Intention to have a ‘Date Day’ on a regular basis and discover our own backyard. COVID has made socialising and travelling very difficult. We have both had our boosters but are still reluctant to get out and about and of course international travel is certainly off the agenda for the time being.

A couple of weeks ago we visited the Hinze Dam which was 30 minutes drive from where we live on the Gold Coast. This week we ventured further afield to beautiful Mt Tamborine, about 1 hour’s drive. It was a very hot and humid day on the Coast 32C so heading to the Mountains was a good idea and the breeze was delightful.

First stop was the Information Centre and from there we decided to visit the Mount Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

“The entire walk totals 1.5 kms and is a combination of forest floor trails, 300 metres of high-tech steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 40 metre cantilever bridge that soars a breathtaking 30 metres above the creek and rainforest below.” – Mount Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk website.

There is also an eco-centre and the Birdwing cafe with lovely views of the rainforest.

There is so much to see and do at Mount Tamborine that we are planning another visit soon. It’s wonderful to discover the natural beauty in your own back yard.

Time for Lunch

We then headed to the Forest Cafe for a light lunch. Mr M had a BLT (a generous serving of bacon, lettuce and tomato) with an original lemonade and I chose the HALT (Haloumi, Avocado, Lettuce(greens) and Tomato with Aioli (a fancy name for mayonnaise) on Turkish Bread with a refreshing Vita Melon Sparkling Water with Watermelon & Pineapple.

As it was a Tuesday there weren’t many people around so we felt comfortable enjoying lunch surrounded by the rainforest.

What was for dessert?

An ice cream in a waffle cone of course. So many flavours to choose from. Mr M chose Cappucino and I selected Salted Caramel with White Chocolate which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was lovely to see another older couple enjoying their ice cream. What’s your favourite flavour?

I haven’t been trying any new recipes lately so this is my contribution to the monthly What’s On Your Plate Challenge co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass. I hope it qualifies.

Pop over and visit Donna and Deb and the other contributors to see What’s On their plate this month.

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30 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike February 2, 2022 at 18:24

    I’m pleased to see you out having fun, Sue. I went there a couple of years ago, a beautiful area. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:34

      Hi Toni, yes, we are trying to start getting out and about again and enjoying life together. x

  • Reply Jo February 2, 2022 at 18:51

    We called in once on the way back from South Burnett, but just for a coffee. I love your date days – it’s really something we need to be making more of an effort on.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:32

      Mt Tamborine is lovely Jo and I haven’t been there for about 30 years even though it is in my own backyard. We are trying to have regular date days to get out and enjoy ourselves again. We’ve had two recently and enjoyed both days. x

  • Reply leannelc February 2, 2022 at 18:55

    Nothing beats a good BLT and an icecream for dessert – looks like it was a lovely place for a date day Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:31

      Hi Leanne, maybe a Club Sandwich might beat a BLT but I enjoy both, especially with chips on the side. No chips this time but we both enjoyed our lunch and of course the dessert! Mt Tamborine is a beautiful place with so much to explore that we are planning another visit very soon. x

  • Reply Lisa Elliott February 3, 2022 at 00:57

    In the U.S., we have bacon (the longer strips that you fry until crisp) and we have canadian bacon (the round circles). When we were in Ireland, their bacon was what we call canadian bacon. Is there a combination of the two on your husband’s sandwich? Do you call them both bacon? I love these sorts of fun facts to know and tell šŸ™‚

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:30

      Hi Lisa, we have both types of bacon here but we just call it Bacon. Hope that helps! It is fun finding facts about food and other countries isn’t it? Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy your weekend. x

  • Reply The Widow Badass February 3, 2022 at 05:32

    It definitely qualifies, Sue! Your post is giving me sweet summer vibes – desperately needed in the northern hemisphere. That cafe (and its menu) is right up my alley! Looks like you had a wonderful date!

    Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:29

      Thanks Deb! I had given Donna a heads-up that I might not make it but managed something at the last moment. We’ve not had a very hot summer just the odd very warm days here and there. It was just lovely sitting and looking at the rainforest for a cheap and cheerful lunch. We are already planning our next one. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections February 3, 2022 at 12:34

    What a wonderful Day Date, Sue and Mr. M!
    Mount Tamborine looks beautiful. Like Deb (above), I can feel the summer vibes from here (how I long for them)!
    Like you, I totally would have gone for the Salted Caramel and White Chocolate. Great choice!
    Thank you for joining us a What’s On Your Plate. I am now adding Mount Tamborine to my bucket list for when I am out your way! šŸ˜€

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:28

      It was a lovely day, Donna and we have managed two ‘date days’ so that is a great start to the year. You would love Mt Tamborine – plenty of hiking and bushwalking trails. The ice cream was delish! Thanks for hosting WOYP and I’m glad I made it this month! xx

  • Reply Debbie February 3, 2022 at 19:37

    A lovely post for What’s on your Plate Sue. It looks like you both had a great day together and it’s a wonderful idea to have regular outings together.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2022 at 11:26

      Thank you Deb! I really had no idea what to write for this month’s WOYP but came through at the last moment. We had a lovely time at Mt Tamborine. There is so much to see we could take a few day trips to explore it all at a leisurely pace. xx

      • Reply Debbie February 4, 2022 at 11:53

        You did really well at the ‘last minute’, that area is so beautiful I can’t wait to return one day!

  • Reply Natalie February 5, 2022 at 10:25

    What a beautiful place, Sue. I’d love to visit it when I get to visit Australia and hopefully meet up with you and M again. As to ice cream, I’d try something tropical like coconut ice cream. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2022 at 06:58

      Hi Natalie, I know you would love it. So many bushwalks you can take, plus arts and crafts. I’ve not had a coconut icecream but it sounds delicious. It would be lovely if we could meet up again one day. xx

  • Reply Susanne February 6, 2022 at 03:37

    That looks like a lovely trip, Sue! Would that walk be scary if you have problems with heights? I’d love to do something like that to treat my fear of heights. I’m determined to cure it with photography like I’ve done with my (now gone) fear of spiders.
    I’m happy to take some hazelnut icecream but only if it tastes like in Italy! I’m picky, I know… šŸ™‚ Have a great week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2022 at 07:01

      Hi Susanne, it is a lovely part of the world and right on our doorstep. I have a problem with heights but the walkway was very sturdy and I felt safe. There was a cantilever look out which bounced a bit when people walked onto it but even then I didn’t feel scared. Yum hazelnut flavour is also a favourite – there were too many to choose from. I’ve had a bacci flavoured one in Italy which was delicious. Did you know my husband was born in Italy? Enjoy your weekend. xx

      • Reply Susanne February 6, 2022 at 07:27

        I think you mentioned once that your husband is Italian! Baci icecream, and Baci everything, is lovely! I miss going to Italy so much.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2022 at 07:54

          Oh yes I miss visiting Italy too and not sure if we will ever revisit. Mike still has cousins there and it would be lovely to see them again. x

  • Reply Marsha Ingrao February 6, 2022 at 05:11

    Sue, this looks like a lovely date day. It seems like Australia has the most wonderful places to eat. Do you know my friend Carol from Eternal Traveller? I spent three weeks with her in Australia in 2017. She lives in Queensland, too, is a great cook, fabulous seamstress and crochets, too. You’d love her. She and her husband travel all over. If you don’t know her, you’ll love her travel blog because you would know a lot of the places.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2022 at 07:03

      HI Marsha! I don’t know Carol but will look up her blog. We do have great restaurants and the cafe scene is big in Australia. I loved this little cafe where we had a simple but delicious lunch overlooking the rainforest. It was beautiful. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee February 6, 2022 at 10:51

    I love those treetop walks. There’s one here (outside of Sydney but still a day trip. It’s great! Nice you amped it up with a lunch at the end

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2022 at 13:56

      It was lovely walking among the treetops. So much to do here we will visit again. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton February 6, 2022 at 17:52

    How lovely to have this resource on your doorstep (well, an hour away).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 8, 2022 at 09:21

      Hi Gail, yes it isn’t far and the rainforest is so soothing.

  • Reply Kirstin February 10, 2022 at 09:26

    That looks like a beautiful place. Here in Washington we have the Olympic rain forest but it’s not really tropical, but it is beautiful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2022 at 09:52

      It is beautiful Kirstin. I think any green space is calming. I’ve visited Washington but not the Olympic rain forest. x

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