A Modern Holiday Queenslander
On the Edge of Subtropical Wilderness
Panoramic Hinterland & Coastal Views
Foyer with Chandelier & Curved Staircase
Plush, Open Plan Living & Dining Upstairs
Media Room with Comfy Sofa Bed
Big Family Kitchen with All Appliances
Dining for 8 + with Handy Servery
Bedroom 1 with Dressing Room & Views
Ensuite Bathroom with Big Spa Bath
Bedroom 2 Also Linking to the Verandah
Bedroom 3 with 2 King Singles + TV
Adjoining Bedroom 4 Opening to Garden
Downstairs Bathroom 3
All Year, All Weather Outdoor Dining
On the Viewing & Entertainment Deck
A Cacophony of Kookaburras for Company
Upstairs & Downstairs Floor Plans
Terraced Gardens with Garden Furniture
Ideal for Family, Group & Wedding Photos
See Rainbows Colour the Local Hillsides
Observe the Resident Black Cockatoos
Feel the Mists Rise from the Valley Floor
Catch the Sunrise Over the Pacific Ocean
Choose a Mountain Walking Track
Take a Rainforest Walk
Tour the Mountain Wineries
Watch the Hang Gliders Swoop & Soar
Visit the Botanic Gardens
Check out Thunderbird Park
Swim at Cedar Creek Falls
Thank You for Considering Cloud 9
PRICES & DISCOUNTS
See PRICES below for: (a) nightly and weekend rates for 9 guests; and (b) our discounted weekly rate for 9 guests. Please note all 2 night stays are quoted at the weekend rate (Fri + Sat). Best value is 3 to 5 nights mid-week.
* DISCOUNTS for SMALLER GROUPS - Take 5%, 10% & 15% off for 8, 7 and 6 (or fewer) guests; plus
* DISCOUNTS for LONGER STAYS - Take 5%, 10% & 15% off for 5, 6 and 7 night (or longer) stays.
HOUSE & SURROUNDS
CLOUD 9 has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 ensuite + 2 family) and undercover parking for 3 cars. This modern Queenslander comfortably sleeps from 6 to 9 guests with 6 beds (3 queens, 2 king singles, 1 sofa bed) including:
(1) the bridal suite/master suite upstairs with queen bed and dressing room + ensuite with double spa-bath
(2) bedroom 2 upstairs with queen bed, also linking to the eastern verandah
(3) bedroom 3 downstairs with 2 king single beds + flat-screen TV
(4) adjoining bedroom 4 downstairs with queen bed, opening to the garden, plus
(5) a comfy sofa bed in the upstairs media room for an extra guest, and
(6) a quality BabyBjorn travel cot (please request) + BabyBjorn high chair
For more detail on the CLOUD 9 layout, see the Upstairs and Downstairs Floor Plans in the photo gallery.
You will be 'floating on air' at CLOUD 9 - perched between the peak of Eagle Heights and the scarp of Tamborine Mountain. CLOUD 9 is ideally located on the north-east edge of the mountain escarpment in a quiet, end-of-court position, bordering a 300 hectare environmental preserve. It's an energetic walk to the popular Botanic Gardens or a 3-minute drive to the lively tourist shops, restaurants, cafes and wineries of Gallery Walk. You should visit the nearby Heritage Centre and stroll through the ancient rainforest of MacDonald National Park and Curtis Falls. Or adventure further with the kids to the Glow Worm Caves, Skywalk, Thunderbird Park and the Cedar Creek rock pools.
You can use the CLOUD 9 telescope to explore the ocean horizon from Jumpinpin to Main Beach or survey the hinterland valleys of Wongawallan to the wetlands of Coombabah. There are vivid panoramas both day and night. Wake to the colours of the rising sun and see rainbows paint the local hillsides. Or watch the full moon rise over the Pacific Ocean and stargaze onto a sparkling night sky. If lucky, you could catch nature's fireworks display with a lightning storm at sea, or even that rare phenomenon - the 'Buddha's Halo'. The 4 bedrooms and living rooms all enjoy the ocean and hinterland views, with walls of glass upstairs opening to the eastern and northern verandahs. And then, there are 90 square metres of decks to bring the outdoors in.
This eco-friendly holiday house borders the ecologically sensitive headwaters of Tamborine Creek. Accordingly, CLOUD 9 minimises its environmental footprint with: low impact building materials; natural, dry-stone retaining walls; terraced gardens; organic flower beds, herbs and fruit trees; sensitive cleaning goods; green power; gas hot water, cooking and heating; 2 fully filtered rainwater tanks (1 for firefighting at 10,000 litre, and the other at 45,000 litre for drinking, cooking and showering); plus onsite waste management. As a contemporary Queenslander, CLOUD 9 also minimises its carbon footprint with an effective range of passive heating and cooling techniques, including: the ideal east, north-east orientation; hillside construction; slab on ground for thermal mass; 2 storeys with a half-open ground-level for exterior air movement; sensible floor plan and room design; extensive verandahs for shading and outdoor living; glass sliding doors and appropriate glazing; fans and roof turbines for interior air circulation; floor to wall to ceiling insulation; plus rock retaining walls and tree planting for protection and breezes.
CLOUD 9 is wired for the electronic comforts and furnished throughout with quality appointments. Use the free WiFi Internet, catch a blu ray DVD on the 130cm (51 inch) Samsung Smart TV in the media room, listen to your iPod/iPhone (or one of our CDs) on the Pioneer sound system in the lounge room, or watch TV, play the PS3 and catch a DVD downstairs on the other flat-screen. You can research the local area, play a board game with the kids, and plan your next adventures around the big family dining table. Or chat with friends on the plush leather couches while the cooks prepare dinner in the well-equipped kitchen. Then again, you could simply open the complimentary bottle of wine and luxuriate in the 20 jet spa bath. Or brew up a cup of the mountain's boutique, organic coffee (sample beans provided), check out the mini-library, and relax out on the Balinese day bed. And finally, you should all get a good night's sleep with CLOUD 9's white linen and her premium pillows, doonas and pillow-top mattresses.
There is all-year, outdoor dining for 10 on the viewing deck with a quality, undercover BBQ - great for entertaining with family and friends. Look out over the sub-tropical eucalypt forest that spills down the mountainside, identify some of the many rare birds and butterflies, and use the scope to spot more reclusive wildlife. Then explore the charming CLOUD 9 garden, with its majestic tallowwood ... pathways and hedge rows ... roses and rainforest ... fruit trees and a herb patch. See if you and the kids can find Dormouse House, the secret door, the March Hare doorknocker or Alice and her many helpers. And for our wedding guests, there are several garden 'rooms' to reveal and a number of colourful props to discover for those special pre-wedding photos.
CLOUD 9 is enchanting in all seasons as there are no real extremes in temperature on the mountain. Be captivated by the spring mists as they rise through the valleys below, or welcome the mountain cool in summer with ocean breezes and ceiling fans in every room. Delight in the ever-changing colours of autumn, or enjoy the crystal clear days and nights of winter as you cozy up around the gas log fire. This relaxing country home is picture perfect for your stylish wedding group accommodation, fun getaway with friends, ultra-comfortable family holiday or rewarding workplace retreat.
OUR FOCUS: CLOUD 9 is owner-managed and guest-focused. To help maintain our reputation for top-quality holiday accommodation, country hospitality and reliability: (a) we encourage guest feedback, ratings and reviews; (b) we use a standard lens to photograph our views; (c) we provide an accurate map location and detailed floor plans; (d) we keep our prices the same for holidays; (e) we use the secure and reliable Stayz system for email, bookings and payments; and (f) we will never ask you to send money to a non-Australian bank account. You can rest assured on CLOUD 9.
Tamborine Mountain - The Green Behind the Gold Coast
Tamborine Mountain is approximately 8 km long, 4 km wide and some 550 metres above sea level. The 'mountain' is actually the most northern spur of a remnant volcanic plateau, lofted above the hinterland between the Pacific Ocean and the Great Dividing Range. With its stunning natural environment, spectacular lookouts, choice of accommodation, plus multiple venues, galleries and restaurants, Tamborine Mountain is a holiday mecca and the foremost wedding destination in south-east Queensland. CLOUD 9 in turn has been specially designed with wedding groups, families and other guests in mind and has become one of the mountain's best-liked holiday houses.
The 3 suburbs on Tamborine Mountain are Eagle Heights to the north, North Tamborine in the middle and Mount Tamborine to the south. The suburb of Eagle Heights includes the major attractions of Gallery Walk, the Botanic Gardens, the Heritage Museum, Curtis Falls, MacDonald National Park and Palm Grove National Park . And CLOUD 9 directly overlooks the Eagle Heights escarpment with panoramic views far out to the ocean horizon. It's a minute's drive from CLOUD 9 to the Botanic Gardens, 3 minutes to the restaurants, shops and galleries of Gallery Walk (on Long Road), 5 - 15 minutes to the rainforest, waterfalls and nature walks of the 9 National Parks, half an hour to the theme park wonderlands, 35 minutes to the Gold Coast beaches, 55 minutes to the Gold Coast airport and an hour to downtown Brisbane (see the Google Location Map for details).
Tamborine Mountain is an island in the sky, surrounded by protected rainforest and eucalypts, home to around 7000 people and a sanctuary for the native flora and fauna. Birdwatchers and photographers will appreciate the variety of some very rare species. Inquisitive lorikeets, kookaburras and fairy wrens regularly visit the CLOUD 9 gardens. Then cockatoos and king parrots, bowerbirds and wedgetails may fly overhead. Shy whipbirds and lyrebirds can be heard from afar, and the sooty owls and tawny frogmouth come out after dark. Meanwhile, elusive platypuses swim in the clear mountain creeks, land mullets sun themselves on forest paths, sleepy koalas live among the gum trees and at night the glow worms glow in the forest caves.
A rainforest getaway is a breath of fresh air for body and spirit. And over the years, the embracing beauty of Tamborine Mountain has attracted many authors, academics, artists, artisans and adventurers. The poet Judith Wright was a long-term resident and Charles Blackman the painter, a regular visitor. Now, you can stay at dreamy CLOUD 9 and plan your own adventures. For example, check out some of the many holiday activities on the mountain that we have listed for you below. For local colour, you should also visit the Green Shed produce market held every Sunday from 8.00 am at the Showgrounds with the main farmer's markets every second Sunday of the month (at the Showgrounds) and every last Sunday of the month (opposite the State School). And for retail therapy, original gifts and mementos can always be purchased at the many galleries, antique and gift shops across the mountain.
PLEASE NOTE: CLOUD 9 employs a part-time professional gardener, cleaner and launderer, and provides regular income for several other local service providers. To help maintain CLOUD 9 as a valued member of the Tamborine Mountain community, there are 3 reminders: (1) RESPECT the NEIGHBOURS; (2) NO FUNCTIONS or PARTIES; and sorry (3) NO PETS.
Local Attractions - Some Recommendations
CLOUD 9 - One of the most popular holiday houses on Tamborine Mountain: a spacious, comfortable, modern Queenslander with outstanding views and a chic & cheerful appeal. Please read our guest reviews
COOL CAFES - Drift, 3 Little Pigs, Hillbilly Coffee, Spice of Life, Elv 525, La Ferme Provencale, Hilltop on Tamborine, Coffee Plantation and many others. Or perhaps try lunch at the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery (home of the Glow Worm Caves)
COZY RESTAURANTS - Drift, The Polish Place, 3 Little Pigs, The Old Church, Songbirds, La Ferme Provencale, The Heritage, Pethers Rainforest Retreat and several others
DAY TRIPPING - The world-class, Gold Coast beaches (whale watching June - November) plus metropolitan Brisbane. And only 30 minutes or so to the Infinity Fun House, Dreamworld, Wet and Wild, Movieworld, White Water World and Sea World
ECO-ADVENTURES - Eco-safari, hot air ballooning and swimming under waterfalls. Also Australia's longest and highest ropes course at Thunderbird Park and the world famous hang & para-gliding off the western escarpment
FREE LOCAL WIFI - Cloud 9 at Eagle Heights, plus Drift Cafe, Hillbilly Coffee Cafe, Spice of Life Cafe and Tamborine Mountain Library, all at North Tamborine
FUN & FANFARE - Garter Belts and Gasoline Festival 2-5 October 2015; Scarecrow Festival 16-18 October 2015; Tour de Tamborine Mountain Sports Festival 13-15 November 2015
GREAT FOR THE KIDS - The Glow Worm Caves, Thunderbird Park and the Treetop Challenge, Skywalk, the Cedar Creek Falls rock pools, Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides, Junior Golf on Saturdays, and the Curtis Falls Lolly Shop to name a few
INDULGENCES - The mountain wineries, the award-winning distillery, the coffee plantation and the boutique brewery. Then add in the cheesery and ice-creamery, plus the chocolate and fudge shops. And then for balance, a visit to Jasmine Aromatiques (organic skincare farm) or a Ripple Mobile Massage (see SPECIALS below)
INTERESTING PUBS & CLUBS- Clancy's, Liquid Amber, St Bernards Hotel, Eagle Heights Hotel, and Fox & Hounds. Also, try barefoot bowls 7 days a week at the Tamborine Mountain Bowls Club (food and drinks available)
ORGANISED TOURS - Explore by foot, horseback, horse drawn carriage, Harley Davidson, 4 wheel drive or mini bus on a range of local rainforest, adventure, sightseeing and winery tours
RETAIL THERAPY - The charming tourist shops on Gallery Walk, the quaint antique shops on Main Western Road, the crafty art galleries, the roadside fruit stalls and the colourful farmer's markets
SPECIALS - Book a massage at Cloud 9 with Ripple Tamborine Mountain Mobile Massage and Day Spa. Or book a cooking lesson and dinner at Cloud 9 with the renowned Tamborine Cooking School. Mention us when booking
WALKS IN THE PARK - The lush Botanic Gardens (great for picnics), the purpose built Skywalk and 6 dedicated rainforest tracks for easy nature walking (see map in photo gallery). Also visit Staffsmith Park and Doughty Park for children's playgrounds
WEDDING VENUES - Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, Escarpment Retreat, Pethers Rainforest Retreat, Hilltop on Tamborine, The Heritage, Cedar Creek Lodges, Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery and several others
Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher
- DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo, Free WiFi
- High chair, Cot
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave, Dishwasher
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Spa Bath, Heaters
- Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
- Non-Smoking, Eco-Friendly, Parking
- 3 Bathrooms, All-Weather Entertainment & Viewing Deck, Gas Log Fire & Bathroom Heat Lamps, 2 Large Flat Screen TVs (+ PS3 Player), Mini Library of Books, Board Games, CDs, DVDs & PS3 Games, Childgate & Quality Portacot (on request), Fully Insect Screened, Fully Filtered Tank Water, Terraced Gardens & Garden Furniture