Business owners are welcoming visitors back to Long Road in Tamborine Mountain

CHEERS; Managing director at Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery Danielle Hart adapts her business during COVID-19.
CHEERS; Managing director at Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery Danielle Hart adapts her business during COVID-19.

TAMBORINE Mountain is slowly coming alive again after restrictions hit businesses and tourism in the hinterland.

Most businesses were closed from March until Mother's Day earlier this month.

Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery managing director Danielle Hart said she had to do a "full reset of business".

"We downsized our business and closed the full dining area, which we won't reopen again. We let go of more than half our staff which was devastating," she said.

The winery did not close despite tasting being put on hold, however Danielle adapted to the lifestyle change.

"We knew if we closed, how would we start up again... so we went back to how we started, making pies."

"I got out my old recipes and started baking again," she said.

In 2003 Ms Hart's chunky steak and Shiraz and Chicken Licken sweetcorn pies won gold medals and years later it proved to still be a winning recipe.

"Coffee orders maintained, but the pies just took off," Ms Hart said.

She said COVID-19 would affect everyone differently but she urged business owners to adapt their work to survive the pandemic

Owner of Cafe Bravo Rick Liu said he applied for Jobkeeper payments for his staff members which had helped.

COME IN: Rick Liu owner of Cafe Bravo welcomes diners into the Long Road restaurant.

COME IN: Rick Liu owner of Cafe Bravo welcomes diners into the Long Road restaurant.

Mr Liu said he offered a full menu and had plenty walk-in customers as well as people phoning to book tables.

Tamborine Mountain boasted day-trippers and international tourists with visitors from the Gold Coast and Brisbane being a good market for the area.

Hinterland tourist attraction, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk was not open yet, but said it would be resuming tours soon.

Manager at the Gallery Cafe Jasmine Rickelton said most of their patrons were international visitors and she was unsure how the border closures would affect business.

She said they had a steady flow of dining-in patrons since restrictions had eased.

A few businesses have pushed customers to order online during restrictions, including one of the longest established businesses in Long Road, the German Cuckoo Clock Nest. The store remained open during restrictions and also directed customers to order online.

OPEN: Tamborine Mountain is slowly coming alive after COVID-19 restrictions turned it into a ghost town.

OPEN: Tamborine Mountain is slowly coming alive after COVID-19 restrictions turned it into a ghost town.