Practicalities for Bioblitz: Accommodation, parking etc.

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Where are we searching and how do you get there?

  • Tamborine Skywalk: the main identification stations, displays and talks will be here, and some of the walks will start here in daylight and early evening, as well as some live-trapiiing.
  • Thunderbird Park: several of the walks and trapping stations will start here, and there are some very affordable accommodation/camping options
  • Several council-owned landcare properties (participants will follow leaders from Skywalk or other points to be announced)

The easiest route to Thunderbird Park and Skywalk from Brisbane, Ipswich or most of the Scenic Rim is to take the Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, and at the big roundabout turn onto the Tamborine Mountain Road.  The Bearded Dragon Hotel will be on your left, and traveling uphill from there will bring you first to Thunderbird Park (on your left) and a little further to Skywalk (also on your left).

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Costs

  • Our main setup (identification tables etc.) will be at Skywalk’s carpark. Visiting the displays in the carpark is free, as is entry into the other properties
  • There is a heavily-discounted charge for entering Skywalk during normal business hours.  Bioblitz participants will be given a badge or lanyard to wear: adults will pay the children’s price of $9.50 and participating children accompanied by adults will be free

 

Parking at the Bioblitz

Parking will be limited at Skywalk. Arriving early will help, but we don’t want to take up all their space from full-paying customers, so car-pooling from other parts of Tamborine would be much appreciated. If you are staying at places like Bearded Dragon or visiting there for lunch or drinks, you may be able to leave a couple of cars there and car-pool to the Skywalk.

 

Accommodation

There is no requirement to stay for the entire Biobltz, but if you would like to do so or you would like to avoid traveling in the dark after an evening search or before a dawn one, there are several good options for staying overnight.

Thunderbird Park

  • Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park has set aside three bunkrooms for BioBlitz volunteers wanting to share this style of accommodation. Each room sleeps eight guests (byo bedding) in single bunk beds.  Hot showers and toilets as well as laundry facilities and a camp kitchen are located in the same building. If we have eight to a room the nightly rate will be $16 per person. Anyone wanting to book this option may call Karen on 07 5545 7998 or email functions@cedarcreeklodges.com.au .
  • On Sunday 15th October and Monday 16th October both  campsites and bunkroooms will  be available.
  • On Monday 16th October hotel rooms and lodges will also be available.  We are offering bioblitz participants a 10% discount on rooms and lodges booked online, using the promo code SRBB.
  • The Terrace Kiosk is open daily for light meals, snacks and beverages.  The Rainforest Restaurant will be open Monday night for dinner, and possibly Tuesday depending on our occupancy level.

 

Amber Lodge

A couple of rooms are currently available at Amber Lodge near Gallery Walk. This B&B is run by Pat and Rosie Comben and a couple of our committee members will be staying here.

 

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon Hotel has rooms and plenty of parking, and is very conveniently located for traveling up the hill to Thunderbird Park,  Skywalk and the other Bioblitz-search properties. They arena of the few hotels that have resisted installing pokies, and pride themselves on maintaining good old-fashionedpub hospitality.  You can also get meals and drinks here, and attend their regular reptile show at 2.00pm Monday and meet some friendly pet animals at any time. Thanks to them also for helping to publicise this event

 

Meals

You can get a light lunch at Skywalk, plus drinks and snacks in biodegradable utensils.

Bearded Dragon and Thunderbird Park (see above: variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options) provide all three meals

If visiting the glow worms at Cedar Creek Estate, they do some delicious lunches. Another place we liked for lunch is Tea and Niceties near the Joalah section of Tamborine National Park.

 

Other things to do while visiting Tamborine Mountain

  • Cedar Creek Glow Worms and Frog Hollow open 10.00am to 4.00pm.  An impressive artificial cave, purpose-built to take the pressure off natural populations of glow worms, and giving visitors a chance see them glowing in daytime (lights are turned on at night and off during the day). On weekends in warm months you canals vispttheir frog-breeding area.
  • Tamborine Botanic Gardens
  • Gallery Walk and other arts/craft places
  • Various sections of Tamborine National Park – waterfalls, rainforest, impressive views, birdlife etc.
  • Reptile Show, pet animals and playground at Bearded Dragon (see above)
  • Treetop challenge, fossicking, horse-riding and other activities at Thunderbird Park

 

 

 

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