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With a map at hand, you are well equipped to drive around Mount Tamborine's roads, admire the views over the valleys, and poke around the shops. The best place to shop is the quaint strip of galleries, cafes, and shops known as Gallery Walk on Long Road, between North Tamborine and Eagle Heights. Eagle Heights has few shops but great views back toward the coast.

One of the area's latest attractions is the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (tel. 07/5545 2222; www.rainforestskywalk.com.au), set in 11 hectares (27 acres) of privately owned rainforest. The 1.5km (1-mile) rainforest walk includes about 300m (984 ft.) of steel bridges through the rainforest canopy, combined with a 40m-long (131-ft.) cantilever soaring 30m (98 ft.) over the creek below. It is accessed from 333 Geissmann Drive, North Tamborine, and is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 4pm. The walk takes about 50 minutes. Entry costs A$19 adults, A$9.50 children aged 6 to 16 and A$47 for a family of four.

Allow time to walk some of the trails that wind through forest throughout the villages. Most are reasonably short and easy. The Mount Tamborine Visitor Information Centre has maps marking them.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.