Explore Tamborine Mountain’s Waterfalls

Tamborine Mountain, home to Queensland’s oldest National Park and the third oldest in the world, is made up of 14 sections. The Witches Falls section of the park was declared in 1908, making it Queensland’s first national park.

Within the park 85 percent of all animal species and 65 percent of all plant species found in the Gold Coast City area are protected, including the shy Albert’s lyrebird and the delicate Richmond birdwing butterfly. There are waterfalls, giant strangler figs, frogs, birds and rare glow worms for you to discover.

Curtis Falls/ Joalah Section

Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountain

Length: 1.3km return
Time: Allow 30 minutes
Grade: Easy

Take the short, enchanting walk to Curtis Falls. Look for the orchids and staghorns in the canopy above. The falls flow nearly all year round and while the rock pool looks like a great place to swim, please don’t. It is home to an important glow worm colony. Continue on to the Lower Creek Circuit from here which makes a 2km return walk.

Cedar Creek Falls

Length: 900m return
Time: Allow 30 minutes
Grade: Easy

One of the favourites, especially in summer as swimming is allowed in the rock pools. Pack the picnic hamper, towel and adore this section of paradise. Glass is not allowed in any section of the park and please take your rubbish with you.

Cameron Falls/ The Knoll Section

Length: 2.6km return
Time: Allow 1 hour
Grade: Easy

This pristine section of the park is accessed by Knoll Road. See the amazing views to Flinders Peak and Brisbane from the picnic area or take the walk through flooded gums and piccabeen groves to Cameron Falls.

Witches Falls

Length: 3.1km return
Time: Allow 1 hour
Grade: Moderate

This section was first declared in 1908, heralding it as Queensland’s first national park. The walk starts from the commemorative shelter, down the mountain through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs and past lagoons. The waterfall only flows after recent rain and is best viewed from the lookout platform, accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit.

Palm Grove Section

Length: 2.6km return
Time: Allow 1 hour
Grade: Easy

A lesser visited walk, this section of the park can be accessed from either Palm Grove Road or Curtis Falls Road. Your track weaves amongst towering palms, giant gums, hoop pines and ancient cycads. Look for fascinating fungi.

Macdonald Section

Length: 1.4km return
Time: Allow 35 minutes
Grade: Easy

A relatively flat loop. This walk is particularly popular for bird watchers as it meanders through the rainforest.