Q & A with Ania & Phil Sowter admin
( Polish Place )
Local favourites, sharing their insider tips on places and things to do on and around Tamborine Mountain – Your gold coast hinterland!
1. Where do you take visitors?
Depending on the time available, we can take them anywhere within a 200km radius of the Mountain. Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Hinterland offer a wonderful variety of things to see and do. We are blessed to be located within reach of so many things to experience
2. Best fun in the region without spending a cent?
The National Parks and all the wonderful walks. The hang-gliding take-off lookout is a few hundred metres from Polish Place and offers some of the best views in the world, especially at sunset.
3. Your personal beverage recommendation on the Mountain?
All of the wineries, distilleries and breweries – it’s hard to go wrong at any of them.
4. Top local food experiences?
Clancy’s Irish Pub, PipinTook2 (fine dining), Hickory (ribs), Three Little Pigs (modern Australian and international), Belvedere for Italian.
5. Your favourite spot for a treat?
Three Little Pigs (Main Street, North Tamborine – in the heart of town) for lunch or dinner.
6. Best venue for a wedding?
We have quite a few – Cedar Creek Estate is an absolutely beautiful setting, with its own little chapel.
7. You can’t leave the Tamborine Mountain without doing what…?
Definitely experience some of our beautiful National Park walks and scenery, and make sure to pop in to at least one of our wineries.
8. Brief history of the business
Our business was established in 1983 as a coffee shop and gallery. in 1989 it was changed to Polish Gallery Cottages (when our accommodation chalets were built). In 2003, we changed our name to The Polish Place, with a new restaurant (indoors and outdoors) and an art gallery.
In 2016, a fire destroyed our main building (including the restaurant, gallery and residence). In 2019, we rebuilt and reopened with a new restaurant and gallery. The community support was incredible, and we are forever grateful.