Great Dividing Range the name of low mountains along Australia’s East coast
hang gliding a sport where people hang below a sort of small parachute
Aboriginals the original people of Australia before English people came
tourist someone who goes to a place to see the sights
souvenir a special keepsake to remind them of a place or person
Cuckoo the name of a bird.
cuckoo clock a special kind of clock where a bird pops out and to tell the time
gliding to move with the wind
Places. Mount Tamborine.
Along the east coast of Australia runs the Great Dividing Range. It is a range of low mountains, and along the Gold Coast it is about 30 kilometres inland from the coastline. Right on top of the Great Dividing Range, is a small town called Mount Tamborine. It is not a big town, there are about 5,000 or 6,000 people living there.
For thousands of years, native Aboriginals lived in this area. It was covered with native forest. Even today much of it is still covered in trees. But now, many people have built homes on the mountain side, and travel to the Gold Coast or Brisbane for work. On the very top of the mountain range, the town of Mount Tamborine has been built.
Every year thousands of tourists visit Mount Tamborine. In the summer, it is cooler because it is about 500 meters above sea level. Tourists come to “Gallery Walk” along Long Road, a street devoted to art galleries, cafes and souvenir shops. Here you can find artworks, handmade glassware and original jewellery, along with many Australian souvenirs. People like to come and wander along Gallery Street, and have a coffee or a meal at one of the coffee bars or restaurants. There is a shop full of German cuckoo clocks.
Because this area is very high, there are some lovely lookouts with views back to the Gold Coast or inland over the Darling Downs.
The view from Mount Tamborine Mountain is excellent and you can see a long way.
One of the most popular sports here is ‘hang gliding’ which is also called para gliding, where people hang below a sort of small parachute, gliding in the wind currents. It is very much like flying.
The area is very beautiful, with many birds living in the forests. Although there are roads into the town, it is not on a busy highway, so life in Mount Tamborine is usually quiet.
For more information look at this website
Questions for review.
1. Where in Australia is the Gold Coast?
2. Where is Mount Tamborine?
3. What is the Great Dividing Range?
4. What is a hang glider?
5. How would you feel if you could do this sport?
6. Is Mount Tamborine village large or small? How do you know?
7. Why is the street called Gallery Walk? What is a gallery?
8. Have you ever seen a cuckoo clock? Can you describe the noise it makes?
9. Describe the weather on the day these pictures were taken.
Lana Kerr www.englishstoriesforfun.com