We came to Tamborine Mountain several years ago and like most visitors, we found the environment of Tamborine Mountain struck an immediate cord.
It wasn’t just the majestic scenery - though the scenery is extraordinary.
It wasn’t just the birds in the rainforest calling out in the crisp, misty mornings - though that still has the ability to quicken the pulse.
It was more than the casual friendliness of the extraordinary people who live on the mountain.
It's that Tamborine Mountain is a place of remarkable quietness and calmness in a world often too busy to notice the small, perfect things in life. And it’s not just us who have felt this immediate attachment to Tamborine Mountain.
Poets singers, artists, writers, business people tired of the hurly-burly of the global market place have felt this "specialness" and were moved to become part of the mountian community.
This has been so since Tamborine Mountain was first settled by Europeans in the late 1800's. Indeed, for thousands of years before that. For the aboriginal peoples who lived around Tamborine Mountain - it was, and is - a special place for them.
Australia’s finest poet, Judith Wright and her husband Jack McKinney made Tamborine Mountain their home for nearly 30 years. Wright created much of her famous poetry in a small house on Long Road in North Tamborine while Jack McKinney, a bush philosopher fascinated by the interplay between quantum mechanics and political perception, gained international status publishing his works on Tamborine Mountain.
Judith and Jack were - like us - inspired by the landscape, the isolation, and perhaps, some almost mystic force that all who visit or live upon Tamborine Mountain feel to some degree.
So, welcome to Tamborine Mountain! If you are contemplating a visit . . . cease contemplation, find your car keys, gather up your best friends and come and join us for a day or so.
For those of you who have been before, think back, and plan a visit that you know will bring enjoyment, peace and a feeling of oneness with the natural beauty that is Tamborine Mountain.