The aim of the Association is, to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the environment and national park values and provide interpretative information for visitors.
Our association was started thanks to the work of Dr John Youngman, John Johnstone, the then Parks Ranger and the help of early members. Early members ran many educational programs including information tours of our parks as several were trained honorary park rangers.
Originally the Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre was developed and run by the Natural History Association. Our first building was a slab hut built from old sleepers in Doughty Park. Then with help from Council and the dynamic Dr Vonda Youngman, we constructed the present brick building with much local and voluntary labour. The focal point for information about the Mountain and its natural assets was this well known building. For many years it was staffed by volunteer members of the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association all year round.
The Centre (known to locals as the VIC) provided not only information to visitors on their destination or best scenic views but also an awareness of the value and beauty of our National Parks and the natural assets of our Mountain. The Centre also provides a comprehensive tourist information service on the whole Shire as well as the Mountain for our visitors, and is accredited with Queensland Tourism.
The centre now is operated by the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce but the NHA continues to provide educational displays, a comprehensive nature library, pamphlets, species lists and many books on sale including the Association's own "A Natural History of Tamborine Mountain".
Today the NHA provides for much more including active bushwalking and bird groups, speakers at meetings, publishing books and brochures on nature as well as funding and support to the Bush Volunteers and Wildlife Carers.
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