Just 45 minutes from the raucous theme parks and gaudy casinos of Queensland's Gold Coast is one of Australia's best-kept secrets and possibly its finest distiller. The Tamborine Mountain Distillery, tel: (61-7) 5545 3452, uses a myriad of organically grown fruits and botanicalsŚsuch as jaboticaba, raspberry, pink grapefruit, wild peppermint, melon and lemon myrtleŚto make an award-winning range of spirits, sold in hand-painted bottles.
Garrulous owner Michael Ward welcomes visitors like an old friend and explains the distillery's traditional methods (first developed by Benedictine monks). Despite the arrival of truckloads of appreciative tourists who can't seem to...
To continue reading:
Want the full story?
Get TIME the way you want it
Week Digital Pass — $4.99
Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99
Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! Best Deal!
Print Magazine + Digital Edition +
Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com
Learn more about the benefits of being
a TIME subscriber
If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!