Tamborine Mountain’s Waterfalls, National Parks,
Botanical Gardens & Lookouts

Explore the plateau. Located only one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Tamborine National Park is a lush mountain plateau nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland which is part of the Scenic Rim in South-East Queensland. The park protects over 2000ha of precious remnants of the 23-million-year-old legacy of the Tweed shield volcano, where Tamborine Mountain lies along the northern end of the biggest erosion caldera in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest on Earth!

 

The Witches Falls section of the park was declared in 1908, making it Queensland’s first national park. Over the years additional reserves have been declared and today the park is made up 14 sections of land and there are now 6 park sections with walks to explore — Cedar Creek, Joalah, The Knoll, MacDonald, Palm Grove and Witches Falls. Other sections forming the park include Lepidozamia Grove, Panorama Point, Pirralilla, Guanaba, North Tamborine, Corbould and Dunlop.

Tamborine National Park

Lookouts & Sunsets

Botanical Gardens

Tamborine  National Park

Take a scenic escape into the Gold Coast Hinterland to experience the essence of the ‘Green behind the Gold’ by losing yourself in the shade of subtropical rainforest with lush palm groves, open eucalypt woodlands with grassy understories and deep weathered gorges with trickling mountain streams. Explore a network of easily accessible nature trails as you walk past flooded gums, peaceful waterfalls and tranquil rockpools, letting the fresh mountain air revitalise every step whilst admiring spectacular views from numerous lookouts. Enjoy a family picnic or barbecue and a stroll of the many bushwalks to assist in taking a break from the hustle and bustle to indulge in the natural wonders of Tamborine National Park.

This diverse and popular park offers a smorgasbord of landscapes and environments to explore across its diverse range of forest vegetation types. Tamborine National Park provides an essential wildlife refuge from surrounding urban development where you can see red-necked pademelons as they bound across the forest floor, large land mullets basking in the sunlight, a plethora of birdlife including the powerful mimicry of the near-threatened Albert’s Lyrebird, stumble upon freshwater biodiversity throughout trickling creeks and pools, and keep an eye out for bats, owls and gliders amongst old growth trees.

Cedar Creek Falls Section –
Tamborine National Park

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

Cedar Creek Falls track – 900m return to lookout, 900m return to the rock pools (Allow 20-30 minutes) Easy grade.
The track to the lookout is suitable for strollers and assisted wheelchair access.

The lookout offers views of waterfalls, cascades and rock pools. The section from the lookout to the rock pools is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. For your safety, access is not permitted to some of the rock pools and parts of the gorge, as indicated by signs on site.

Near the start of the track are two picnic areas, with tables and wheelchair-accessible toilets, located in large, open, grassy areas surrounded by tall eucalypt forest.

Tip: The stunning rainforest playground Thunderbird Park is just around the corner. Onsite adventures attractions make Thunderbird Park an exciting experience for every age group.

Thunderbird Park is home to hundreds of beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets. These colourful birds fly down from the trees to feed two or three times a day. Guests are welcome to feed the birds at the daily 2pm feeding session (free of charge)!

Curtis Falls – Joalah Section

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

Curtis Falls, Joalah section – 1.5km return ( Allow 30 minutes) Moderate grade. Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning “haunt of the lyrebird”. The loud calls of the male Albert’s lyrebird can be heard during winter.

The track starts from the Dapsang Drive carpark. It is also possible to start at the shops on Eagle Heights Road, adding an extra 800m return to the walk.

On this track you will walk through rainforest and descend steep stairs to a large pool at the base of Curtis Falls. There is an impressive view of the falls and surrounding columnar basalt rockface. Swimming is prohibited at the falls. A restricted access area below Curtis Falls protects an important glow-worm colony.

The track continues from the falls, along a piccabeen palm-fringed creek to a giant strangler fig. Beyond this strangler fig, the lower Joalah track is closed for your safety due to rockfalls

Good to know: Perfect walk for a hot summer day!

Tip: Just next to the entry of the Curtis Falls Track you’ll find Lemon Lovers Gelato and Cheese. Enjoy a Gourmet Gelato and Sorbets made fresh on site using local ingredients. They have Traditional Gelato Flavours like Dutch Chocolate, Lemon Rum and Raisin and Pistachio as well as some new unique flavours for you to try.

Cameron Falls  – The Knoll Section

Length: 2.6km return

Time: Allow 1 hour
Grade: Easy

Sandy Creek Circuit, The Knoll section – 2.6km circuit (Allow 1 hour) Easy grade. Scenic views, rainforest with tall trees emerging above the surrounding canopy, piccabeen groves, transition forest with large flooded gums and open forest feature on this walk. Please remain on the designated track, as there are steep cliff edges. Supervise children carefully. There is a branch track to Cameron Falls Lookout.

Access to the start of this walk is via Main Street, North Tamborine and Knoll Road. The parking area is very small and unsuitable for large buses.

There is a picnic area near the start of the walk, in tall, open forest, with a large shelter shed and picnic table. From the northern edge of the picnic area you can enjoy views to Flinders Peak and Brisbane.

Tip: BBQ Facilities with view!! Just a 100m walk from the car park you’ll find solar powered bbq facilities. Enjoy the view and spot Brisbane in the distance!

Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit

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

Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit – 2.6km circuit (Allow 1 hour) Easy grade. Piccabeen palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs and distinctively buttressed yellow carabeens feature on this walk. Palm Grove Avenue is the main access point and carpark for this track. Parking for buses and caravans is not available.

More Walking Tracks
on Tamborine Mountain

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.

Lookouts & Sunsets

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Hang Glider Lookout,
Tamborine Mountain

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

Stay for the sunset! This Lookout truly is a must-see on Tamborine Mountain!  Here, you can experience one of the region’s finest natural wonders, with spectacular views over the Scenic Rim and the Great Dividing Ranges.

“Stunning views! This is a must-see spot on Mt Tamborine. If you are there on a day when hangliders are taking off, you will be in for a treat.”

“This is easily the best western viewing vantage point in the Gold Coast hinterland.”

“Always a beautiful place to ‘hang out’… “

Knoll Park Lookout

Not quite as popular as the hang glider lookout but certainly as impressive!

With onsite BBQ facilities, The Knoll Park is the perfect place to relax and catch up with the family!