The Camellia and Magnolia Festival will be on the 30th and 31st of July 2021. There will be five open Gardens from 10 am to 4 pm. There are also plant sales.
TICKETS are $20 per person to access all the gardens over the two days and are available ONLINE ONLY via our website. Under Covid safe rules all guests must check in with their phone using the Queensland Covid tracking app to each garden. Website: tamborinemountaingardenclub.org.au
On our property, we aim to provide a completely local experience. All of our coffee has been carefully roasted and blended by our team to highlight the flavour of the coffee we grow. We believe our coffee stacks up against some of premier growing regions around the world. Come and try it for yourself, and learn about how we do it!
An unforgettable garden experience hard to find elsewhere!… Birchgrove is a typical English Country Garden Centre set in picturesque Tamborine Mountain, offering a unique garden centre cafe, morning and afternoon teas, light lunches, award winning organic coffee and leaf teas. Open 7 days from 8:30am to 4pm.
In 1898 the Geissman family (of Swiss and German origin), originally from Brisbane, built Capo di Monte in North Tamborine. At around the same time the architectural style on the mountain changed from the original Tudor to the Renaissance architecture. Renaissance style places emphasis on symmetry, proportion, geometry and the regularity of parts – Cafe Bravo is a typical representative of this kind of building.
Deli goods, lunch, dinner by appointment… Specialty products and fine food on Tamborine Mountain. Espresso and house-baked bread, deli-style sandwiches, luxurious salads. Exceptional four course dinner on selected Friday and Saturday evenings.
Hair and Makeup Artists!“Amanda’s House of Hair” is an eco-friendly salon – all our products are 100% biodegradable. We only use certified organic products and natural organic colors. We specialise in a unique and friendly experience with professional styling for any occasion.
Celebrate the Season!“Mason Wines” welcomes you to their truly idyllic vineyard estate. This boutique winery is dedicated to producing top quality handcrafted wines with distinct regional characteristics. Mason Wines range is available for tasting at the cellar door. Open 7 days a week 10am to 4pm.
Mount Tamborine has a very interesting history that spans back millions of years, it is a remnant of a crater rim of a volcanic explosion that happened about 22 Million years ago. It lends its name to a cluster of three villages that have settled on the mountain ridge over the past years.
“Weather” rain, hail or shine – there is always something exciting to do when you “Discover Tamborine Mountain”! Visit the famous multi-award winning “Witches Chase Cheese Factory” – Explore the rainforest canopies at the “Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk” – Go underground at the “Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves” – or stroll up and down famous “Gallery Walk” with its 60 + boutiques, cottage industries, cafes, art galleries etc. – and the list goes on!
The variety of accommodation on Tamborine Mountain is endless – quiet mountain motels, elegant 5 star resorts, secluded rainforest retreats, a range of magnificent bed & breakfasts and romantic cottages, often with spa baths, log fires and breathtaking views invite you to relax, unwind and refresh!
Local handcraft extraordinaire! Local handcraft extraordinaire! Everything you find at the “The Quillow Shop” is locally handcrafted by 5 ladies – hand crocheted, hand knitted, hand sewn and handmade! A huge range of quillows, crochet doilies, baby’s clothing, ponchos and capes, hats and beanies, children’s toys, dolls, puppets – and so on. Open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm.
The epitome of chocolate indulgence!“Chocolates on Gallery Walk” at the upper roundabout of “Gallery Walk” is every chocoholic’s dream come true! A huge range of all Australian made top-shelf chocolates and lots of other goodies are sure to satisfy even the most discerning taste. Just try to eat only one…. Exclusive stockist of “2T Tea and Tea Ware” – check out the range of beautiful tea cups, saucers and more.
Fashion with a difference! “Whispers Fashion House” offers gorgeous fashion from Italian and Australian designers, beautiful jewelry and selected accessories. Our extensive ranges of quality fashion, shoes and accessories are carefully selected to cater to a wide variety of age groups, lifestyles and budgets. There’s always something new at Whispers Fashion House.
Homewares – Gifts – Accessories!“Jakama Designs” has opened their new retail store and is offering an exciting range of homewares, gifts and accessories, all hand picked by owner Josey Worrall. Please drop in and check out what’s on offer – we are sure you will be delighted!
Tamborine Mountain offers a wide range of accommodation options. Starting from luxury hotels and resorts to bed and breakfast accommodation, cabins to cottages, even picturesque camp sites – you will find it all.
It is not for nothing that young couples are heading to Tamborine Mountain for saying “I do..” to the love of their life. Mountain weddings are fun, different and provide a lot of options for an exclusive wedding everybody will remember for years to come.
For the R E S T of your life! “Curtis Falls Studio Apartment” is an intimate mountain hideaway that offers a retreat from the busy lifestyle of today and is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, a therapeutic escape or simply a great base from which to explore the beauty of the Mountain.
Private and peaceful self-contained accommodation!“Clandulla Cottages & Farmstay and B&B” is a tranquil and private getaway featuring luxurious self-contained accommodation. It is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, at the foot of Tamborine Mountain, an easy 1hr drive from Brisbane or 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast.
Spend a night, not a fortune!“Mt Tamborine Motel” is perched on the edge of dramatic Guanaba Gorge, atop stunning Tamborine Mountain, Mt Tamborine Motel offers magnificent views from the balcony of your stylish room. Adjacent to the historic St Bernards Hotel, Mt Tamborine Motel offers 24 rooms at reasonable rates.
Superb Toby’s Estate Coffee! At “Elevation Cafe” you can enjoy delicious meals cooked fresh to order including all day breakfast and fresh juices. Our cakes and scones are baked in house. We are located next door to “Super IGA” – so there is plenty of easy parking right outside our door. Stylish modern colonial decor. Fully licensed – Open 7 days from 7.30am
Call in and meet our team!“Ray White Rural TM” is part of Australia’s largest Real Estate group selling one in every ten properties throughout Australia and New Zealand! We offer the largest range of over 140,000 properties for sale every year. Our culture, our team and our ongoing growth is all part of a carefully planned strategy to build the most customer-focused, results based agency.
Capanart Gallery – Quality local and investment Art – 2 / 110 Long Road, “Gallery Walk” Tamborine Mtn
Quality local and investment art!“Capanart Gallery” resident artist Susan Capan has been painting for over 25 years. Whilst portraiture predominates, visitors are often amazed at the range of subjects Susan paints. Also quality art from handpicked local and investment artists, showcasing paintings to suit all tastes and budgets. Commissions available of portraits, landscapes and other subjects. Open 7 days.
“Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim” On your way to Tamborine Mountain, come float in a hot air balloon – it’s the ideal way to spend the morning. Afterwards enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with champagne at O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead with time for wine tastings at Canungra Valley Vineyard.
Boutique Garden Centre! Create the garden of your dreams! Give your garden and home its own unique look with our ever changing range of traditional and modern statuary, water features, concrete and metal garden art, arbours and arches. Bridges, wishing wells, urns, swings, benches and lanterns can all add the finishing touch you’re looking for. Nursery open 7 days, Cafe open Thursdays through to Sundays.
Clancy’s Irish Bar & Restaurant – Authentic Irish Pub – 2 Main Street, Tamborine Mtn
Clancy’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
Great Food! Great Drink! Great Craic!“Clancy’s Irish Bar & Restaurant” is a real Tamborine Mountain Institution! A popular locals hangout as well as often frequented by visitors to the area wanting a hearty Irish meal, and some authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. The Guinness is flowing, the stew is hot, the place is packed, the yarns are long and you are always bound to meet some of the local identities! Open every day til late.
For lovers of Coffee and Chocolate!“Crema Lovers” opened its doors for the first time in July 2016. Located in the iconic Tall Trees / Curtis Falls shops it features a very modern and warm fitout, inviting visitors to enjoy their CREMA (frozen coffee cream!) and other treats like great coffee, chocolate treats, light meals, desserts and cold pressed juices outdoors on the sunny verandah.
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The start of the walking trail is easily accessible on “Main Western Road”. Plenty of parking and great inland views make for a pleasant start of the walk. Another way to reach the famous “Witches Falls” Water Fall is to turn into Beacon Road from Main Western Road, and stay left when the road forks, reaching another entry point at the end of “Witches Chase” (see “Witches Chase Track” description second paragraph below).
The Witches Chase Track
This area has unfortunately been neglected for many years, with no signage provided, as well as the timber entry arch having rotted away leaving just the two bushrock base pillars.
The “Witches Falls National Park” was the FIRST National Park proclaimed in Queensland on 28 March 1908. There are several information signs erected at the start of the walk at “Main Western Road”, giving a good insight into the history of the area as well as it’s flora and fauna.
Witches Falls Circuit (E2), 3.1 km, allow about 1 hour, moderate grade
From the car park at “Main Western Road”, the southern start of the track descends down the steep mountain side through open forest, allowing great views inland. It eventually flattens out and continues through a stretch of seasonal lagoons, a wet-weather deviation track normally guarantees easy navigation all year round.
"Witches Falls" viewing platform
The northern entry also starts at the car park at “Main Western Road”, start heading north on the flat easy-to-follow track that runs behind the cemetery and some private properties. A bench constructed from old railway sleepers invites to rest. The track than starts to descend into the valley, zigzagging down the mountain, passing through medium density rainforest with large boulders strewn all over the mountain side (114 stairs). Care must be taken, as some of the stairs use natural bush rocks, heights therefore vary considerably.
"Witches Falls" Waterfall
At the end of the descend, after briefly walking through a flatter section of rainforest, walkers will reach the “T” junction where the currently closed southern entry joins.
“Witches Falls” are reached just a couple of hundred meters to the right. Another 50 meters or so will get you onto the viewing platform, offering great inland views as well as letting you admire the “Witches Falls”
Access: This section of the park is easily reached via Tamborine Mountain Road. It is an ideal stop on the way up to Tamborine Mountain from Tamborine Village. The turn-off to “Cedar Creek Falls Road” is just past the information map stopping bay on the left, on the same sharp right bend than the turn-off to “Thunderbird Park”. Please take care – this large bitumen street corner has a 40km/h speed limit, and is often used as a large bus turning circle.
A fairly narrow road leads down towards “Cedar Creek Falls”, crossing Cedar Creek via a concrete level creek crossing shortly before reaching the car parking area.
Visitors are asked to please keep noise to a minimum as this is also a residential area.
Please park only in the designated spots, and do not obstruct resident’s driveways. Note that there is NO parking on the access road (yellow lines).
Boardwalk to Lookout
Cedar Creek Falls Lookout (A4) – 500m return to lookout, allow about 20 minutes return, easy grade
This flat bitumen track from the car park to the lookout is suitable for strollers and assisted wheelchair access. The lookout at the end of the walk offers very nice views of the waterfalls, cascades and a series of rock pools popular with swimmers. This walking track is ideally suitable for the young, the elderly and the disabled, providing spectacular waterfall scenery within very short walking distance.
Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools (A4) 900m return from lookout (see before), allow about 30 minutes, moderate grade
The track provides access to Cedar Creek and some of its spectacular cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. It is hard to describe the natural beauty of this spot without using superlatives, but judge for yourself – and don’t forget to bring your togs!
Please note that NO glass containers are allowed past the viewing platform, and observe the regulatory notices warning of slippery rocks, steep cliffs and “no go” areas close to the falls. The entire track is sealed, and provides for safe walking even after heavy rain.
At the rock pools..
The walk starts to the right of the lookout, sloping down gently. Upon reaching a fork, keep to the left to reach another viewing platform. Rest to take full advantage of the breathtaking views to the three upper waterfalls and rock pools
There are three different ways of accessing this bush walking area. All three provide limited parking, but also offer very convenient access to one of the most beautiful sections of the Tamborine National Park.
A. Entry from “Curtis Road”(E6)
Turn into Curtis Road heading East, the road ends after about 100meters, parking is on the left as you enter the large turning circle.
Car parking spaces: 2 Disabled car parking spaces: NO Bus parking spaces: NO Public Toilets: NO BBQs: NO Picnic Settings: NO Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO Additional seating: NO Views: NO Information Board: YES – General Information
Giant strangler fig
Palm Grove Circuit (F6) from Curtis Road (2.5km return, allow 1 hour, easy grade)
The first section of this bush walk is simply called “Access track”, which highly underrates the breathtaking rainforest scenery that awaits you. The track descends downhill, first gradually zigzagging than straightening out. Walkers will encounter a number of huge trees such as strangler figs, ghost gums and the like, some of these leaning and forming some fascinating buttress root growth formations (44 stairs).
A huge fallen strangler fig blocking the path has been partly cut allowing walkers to pass safely. At the “T” junction to the “Palm Grove Circuit” track allow time to admire a gigantic leaning strangler fig on the left.
B. Entry from “Palm Grove Avenue” (E6)
Head south on Eagle Heights Road and turn into Palm Grove Avenue when the road veers left, you will reach the end of the road after about 200 meters. Car parking spaces are not clearly marked, but recognizable; there is a turning circle and some picnic facilities at the entrance to the bush walk.
Trail entrance at “Palm Grove Road”
Car parking spaces: 6 to 8 Disabled car parking spaces: NO Bus parking spaces: NO Public Toilets: NO BBQs: NO Picnic Settings: 1 x 8-seater Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO Additional seating: 1 Bench Views: YES Information Board: YES – General Information
Palm Grove Circuit (F6) from Palm Grove Road (2.5km return, allow 1 hour, easy grade)
Cleared path for walkers enjoyment!
The track starts just past the picnic area, slowly descending through subtropical rainforest and crossing a couple of small runoff creeks via timber plank bridges. The “T” junction to the “Palm Grove Circuit” with the gigantic leaning strangler fig (see above) is reached after a pleasant
Tamborine Mountain with its romantic chapels and quaint churches, manicured gardens with magnificent fountains and valley views, breathtaking photo opportunities and even cave and waterfall weddings is certain to fulfill all that your heart desires.
One of the main reasons why close to 1 Million people visit Tamborine Mountain every year is the fact that the Mountain boasts 7 wineries offering a huge variety of wines – whites, reds, sparkling, fortified and everything in between. Add to that some phantastic beers from the “Fortitude Brewery” located at the lower roundabout of Gallery Walk or liqeuers from “Castle Glen Australia” – and a unique and exciting tasting experience awaits you on Tamborine Mountain!
“The Knoll” picnic area and lookout is one of the many hidden treasures on Tamborine Mountain. The grounds are well kept; the shady grass area is quite large and offers breathtaking views inland. Plenty of parking, ease of access and all facilities make “The Knoll” an ideal spot for a picnic lunch or a BBQ.
The “Cedar Creek Falls” Picninc Area is located at the start of the walking trail to “Cedar Creek Falls”.
Cedar Creek Picnic Area
There are two distinctly separate picnic areas. The first one is closer to the car park and offers plenty of room and facilities. There are large flat grassed areas ideal for throwing a ball, with many tree sheltered picnic settings spread out along the edges. An ideal family area away from any traffic noise or similar suburban influences.
The closeness to the only swimming hole on Tamborine Mountain “Cedar Creek Falls” makes this picnic area the ideal summer destination. Three waterfalls are just 10 minutes walk away, inviting the visitor to cool down from the summer’s heat. The waterfalls are spectacular all year round, the gorge scenery breathtaking.
Car Parking at “Cedar Creek Falls” is limited
The second area is reached after approximately two hundred meters walk on a sealed path, just to the right of the beginning of the board walk that leads to the falls. This area was once used as a school and group campground, and therefore provides a safe and secluded setting for your next picnic, close to nature and with all facilities you could wish for!
Please note that at peak periods you will find it difficult to find a car parking spot close to Cedar Creek Falls and the Picnic Areas. To keep the impact on local wildlife (as well as the residents!) to a minimum, car parking spaces have been limited. The access road has yellow line marking on both sides, meaning that parking on the access road is NOT permitted, as the road is simply too narrow. Additional car parking is available at the start of the road, at the turn off to Thunderbird Park. From there a leisurely 20 minute stroll will get you to the first picnic area. For more information please CLICK HERE.
Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview
The “Tamborine Mountain Country Markets” are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds at the roundabout Main Western Road and Bartle Road in Mount Tamborine.
Tamborine Mountain Country Markets Cnr Main Western Road and Bartle Road Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds Market Convenor: (mob) 0417 618 379
The market offers a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful locally produced cheeses, plants, herbs, flowers, coffee, arts and crafts, collectibles, garden ornaments, clothing, a myriad of home made things and delicious temptations of all kinds.
Family friendly markets!
And if all this makes you hungry, there is plenty of food to eat right then, there’s excellent coffee, proffertjes (Dutch pancakes), German sausages (try the “Knackwurst” with mustard – yum!) or be tempted by baked jacket potatoes or fresh corn on the cob.
The Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds are quite large, so there is plenty of room to wander around.
Usually there’s a singer or performer on the gazebo stage, giving these markets a relaxing country atmosphere. Large shady trees keep you cool in summer, and some open areas allow you to soak in the sun on cooler days.
The race is on!
Little kids can have pony rides or play in the kids’ castle area, or have some fun with the small kid’s car ride. The “Tamborine Mountain County Markets” are definitely family-friendly, sometimes several dozen prams are seen parked in the eatery area!
For parking, there is some street parking all around “Main Western Road” but if you manage to find a spot, it can be difficult to cross the road and it can also mean a bit of a walk back to your car.
Tamborine Mountain Country Markets
A much better solution is to support the SES or the local Fire Brigade who co-ordinate parking inside the grassy showgrounds. Just turn into Normandie Court at the roundabout and follow the signs. Entry is by gold coin donation, and an SES volunteer will direct you to your parking spot. It is much easier then to drop your fruit, vegies and other goodies back to the car – because chances are -you are going to buy too much to carry around!
The coolness and fresh air of Tamborine Mountain invites you to thoroughly enjoy this country market day. And whilst you are there, you can also drop in at the “Green Shed Local
A popular area for sporting activities, “Geissmann Oval” is centrally located just off “Main Street” in North Tamborine, allowing you to get all your supplies within a short walking distance from all shops!
Children’s Playground is just behind the picnic shelter!
With heaps of picnic facilities such as shelter, a children’s playground, sporting fields, plenty of parking, easy access, shady trees and public toilets the oval is great for families and larger groups wanting a bit of space away from traffic and noise.
Please note that this area is host to several regular local sports events, which at times can limit the availability of all facilities on site.
Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview
Tamborine Mountain State School Markets Corner of Long and Curtis Roads Tamborine Mountain Qld 4272 Market Co-ordinator: ph (mob) 0402 527 241 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Tamborine Mountain State School Markets” are a true country village market.
Tamborine Mountain State School Markets
The TMSS P&C warmly welcomes locals and visitors to the Tamborine Mountain State School Markets. We would love to see you on the last Sunday of every month from 7am to 1pm.
Situated on the picturesque Tamborine Mountain, we are a wonderfully diverse, character-filled market overflowing with things to adore. At our Markets you will find up to 125 stalls from local artists, crafts people, fresh produce, plants, books, clothing, vintage items, collectibles, jewellery, bric a brac, candles, crystals…. the list is endless and always changing.
Whether you are browsing or buying, come along and treat yourself to some of our deliciously tasty food while enjoying the live music and friendly mountain atmosphere.
So come on up, find that special piece, fossick through the treasures, stock up on fresh local produce and – enjoy your visit to Tamborine Mountain!
This small park is located within the busy North Tamborine shopping precinct, just a few meters off “Main Western Road”. Its close proximity to all types of shopping makes it the ideal respite area for partners not wanting to browse through one of the many shops close by! “DRIFT Cafe and Restaurant” overlooks Doughty Park, and serves delicious food and coffees 7 days a week.
The VIC at Doughty Park – open 7 days a week!
“Doughty Park” offers limited children’s playground equipment and picnic facilities. Due to the proximity of traffic, children need to be supervised at all times. In 2012 a new modern public toilet block has been added to the list of facilities.
Doughty Park is also home to the accredited Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre which offers a one stop shop for local travel information such as maps, brochures and information on other things to do and to see on Tamborine Mountain.
Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview
Adventure Playground with shade cover and fully secured!
Featuring the Mountain’s largest children’s playground (fully fenced and covered with shade cloth), this park offers great facilities such as a dog leash free area (also fully fenced) and a 7-station exercise track. A great park for the whole family!
Perfect for kids “cool” play on hot summer days!
Close by is the “Eagle Heights Shopping Village”, with all supplies you could possibly need such as a bakery, Foodworks supermarket, a butcher and so on. “Staffsmith Park” is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – everyone is welcome!
Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview
Offering all necessary picnic facilities, the “Lions Park” has plenty of room for the kids to roam around. Large trees provide shade on hot days and cooking can be done on a number of wood fired BBQ’s.
In early 2012, the Tamborine Mountain “Lions Club” installed two large picnic shelters, providing protection from the elements.
These feature large picnic benches and tables and a solidly built roof structure on a concrete floor. This addition makes “Lions Park” an even more popular picnic area. It is easily accessible, but still a little away from the “beaten track”. The new picnic shelters are located close to “Curtis Road”, with plenty of close by parking.
In December 2018 a large adventure playground was added, making “Lions Park” the ideal family picnic location. The adventure playground will keep the kids entertained for hours, offering endless climbing and playing activities. Raised seating for the “big kids” allows for easy supervision.
Welcome to Mount Tamborine’s ONLY complete FREE Visitor Guide map information booklet! In April 2010, “Discover Tamborine Mountain” issued the first “Discover Tamborine Mountain Visitor Guide and Treasure Map”! In October 2010, the second edition of this hugely popular visitor guide was released, followed one year later by the third edition in December 2011, now called the “Discover TM Visitor Guide” map booklet. February 2013 saw the fourth edition being released, with even more new features added (see below). Due to its continued increase in popularity, the 5th edition (for 2014) was released in December 2013 already, and the 6th edition was again issued after only 10 months end September 2014. On the right you see the cover of the 2017 edition released in March 2017.
The main feature of the “TM Map Booklet and Visitor Guide” is of course a large map showing all details of Tamborine Mountain, without distortions and to scale, to enable you to find your way around without confusion! All relevant details are included in an easy-to-see format, nothing has been left out.
There is also a detailed map of the famous “Gallery Walk” shopping precinct, listing all the wonderful and exciting shops and the wares they offer, restaurants and cafes, cellar doors and of course Galleries!
Even more importantly, over the years several NEW PAGES have been added to the visitor guide, covering all the natural wonders that welcome our visitors:
– Tamborine Mountain Wine Trail Map – showing the locations of the best wineries on Tamborine Mountain! – Bushwalks on Tamborine Mountain incl. NEW trail maps, how to get there, where to park, how long they take and so on. You can also download and print out maps of all trails. – Lookouts to both the Gold Coast and Inland, listed from north to south, with easy find map grid references and descriptions. – Waterfalls located all over the mountain, and how to get to them, as well as where you can go for a swim! – BBQs, Parks, Picnic Areas and Playgrounds, where they are, what facilities you will find on site, and how much space there is for the kids to roam around! – Self Drive Day Tours – a variety of suggested self drive tours, covering all sorts of different interesting places to visit
The villages on Tamborine Mountain are surrounded by National Parks with lush rain forests.
On this page you will find down-loadable and printable copies of the six main bush walking areas you will find on beautiful Mount Tamborine. You will also find these in their respective bushwalking track note pages.
The famous “Witches Falls” section of the Tamborine National Park (MtTamborine, Mount Tamborine) 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 of 13 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills.
When you visit Tamborine Mountain, visit the many waterfalls which are easily reached by clearly defined walking trails and bushwalks. Lookouts with breathtaking views invite to stop and gaze into the distance. There are numerous beautiful picnic and BBQ areas, inviting you to enjoy a meal in the Great Outdoors.
And the kids haven’t been forgotten either – Tamborine Mountain offers a large number of kid’s playgrounds so that Mum and Dad can truly relax and also enjoy their day out!
In North Tamborine, turn off “main Western Road” into Main Street, continue past the shops and the residential area where it becomes “Knoll Road”, keep left when the road forks.
Sandy Creek / Cameron Falls Circuit (B3) 2.6 km return, allow 1 hour, easy grade
Lookout at “Cameron Falls”
The track descends from the car park to the creek through transitional rainforest with large flooded gums and Piccabeen groves. Often large black skink lizards can be seen sunning themselves on this track (42 stairs).
Turn right when reaching the Sandy Creek circuit “T” junction, and follow the gently sloping track, watch for water runoff channels diagonally crossing the track. When the track curves to the left, look out to your right for an impressive boulder field, the view is partly obscured by a palm grove (14 stairs).
The creek now becomes visible below on your left. The track follows the creek and keeps descending towards the escarpment. Gradually, the forest opens up, and the rambling of “Cameron Falls” waterfall can be heard in the distance.
The track turns sharply left, continuing along the cliff edge. You will soon reach a concrete bridge crossing Sandy Creek. The creek drops away over the escarpment, creating “Cameron Falls” (85 stairs).
Upper crossing of “Sandy Creek”
The creek upstream as well as the clearing it created towards the falls are one of the many rewards for walkers coming to Tamborine Mountain.
A branch track to Cameron Falls Lookout (75meters) just past the bridge enables you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of this waterfall. The lookout is very safe, offering spectacular views to Mount Flinders and Brisbane in the distance, as well as Cameron Falls to the right. Walkers often spend a lot of time here, taking in the serenity of the area (29 stairs).
Continue right when returning from the branch track. You will cross a timber sleeper bridge crossing a small creek, before reaching the upper “Sandy Creek” crossing (69 stairs).
A concrete bridge crosses Sandy Creek, offering good views both upstream and downstream. A short stroll leads back up to the Sandy Creek circuit “T” junction, turn right and follow the uphill track back to the car parking area (70 stairs).
For ease of parking, turn off Eagle Heights Road into Dapsang Drive at the “St George Anglican Church”, there is a very large parking area to the left at the end of the street. This parking area serves the church as well as the walking trail.
“Dapsang Drive” Carpark: Car parking spaces: 42 Disabled car parking spaces: 2 Bus parking spaces: YES – 3 Public Toilets: YES BBQs: NO Picnic Settings: NO Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO Additional seating: NO Views: NO Information Board: YES – General Information
Alternatively, you can also access the start of this walk via a 400meter long walk starting via a small timber bridge at the “Curtis Corner” T- junction of Eagle Heights Road and Geissmann Drive. This is a popular tourist stop with several cafes and eateries, so parking is limited at times.
“Curtis Corner” T-junction: Car parking spaces: 20 Disabled car parking spaces: 1 Public Toilets: NO – but available in food outlets BBQs: NO Picnic Settings: NO Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO Additional seating: NO Views: NO Information Board: YES – General Information
Curtis Falls (D5) 1.5km return, 101 steps, moderate grade with some steeper sections, allow 60 minutes return with plenty of time to admire the waterfall.
Viewing platform “Albert’s Lyrebird”
The start of the track meanders downhill through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums.
Take advantage of the viewing platform on the left, allowing rainforest views towards the creek below. A plaque gives information about the illusive “Albert’s Lyrebird”. Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning “Haunt of the Lyrebird”. During the winter months, the loud calls of the male Albert’s Lyrebird can still be heard (12 stairs).
“Curtis Falls” viewing platform
After the viewing platform the track gradually descends to Curtis Creek, which is reached after the last set of steps.
You will notice a drop in temperature as you descend into lush rainforest. Look out for beautiful crows nests and staghorn ferns growing in the canopy above (106 stairs).
Turn left to reach beautiful Curtis Falls, only a short stroll away. The falls run all year-round, however, they are at their most spectacular after heavy rainfalls. The track ends at a viewing platform overlooking a large rock pool, with great views of the falls and the surrounding columnar basalt rock face (6 stairs).
Tamborine Mountain is a beautiful lush green mountain plateau in the Gold Coast Hinterland, only an hours’ drive from Brisbane or Surfers Paradise. It is home to the first ever National Park in Queensland and a secret hideaway for Australia’s city dwellers. The Green behind the Gold
Turn into “Wongawallen Road” at the upper roundabout of “Gallery Walk”, parking is about 200 meters down the road on the left opposite the “Heritage Centre”. The parking area is limited, however, plenty of additional parking space is available on both sides of the road.
“Wongawallen Road” Carpark:
Car parking spaces: 9 Disabled car parking spaces: NO Bus parking spaces: NO Public Toilets: NO BBQs: NO Picnic Settings: YES – 1x 12-seater Sheltered Picnic Settings: YES – 2x 8-seater Additional seating: NO Views: NO Information Board: YES – General Information
This area of land was named after Miss Jessie MacDonald, who generously donated part of this area to become a National Park in 1933. Picnic facilities include a small shelter shed and a large picnic table at the start of the walking track on the edge of the rainforest.
This precious track of subtropical rainforest is popular with bird watchers, and offers visitors a quiet rainforest bush walk away from street noise and crowds. The circuit is easy to navigate and very enjoyable
This relatively flat loop track passes through rainforest with towering strangler figs, beautiful piccabeen palm groves and tall trees with vines and ferns. Shortly after the start of the bush walk keep to your left as you enter the loop track. At the “T” junction, a small fence has been erected to prevent walkers taking a short-cut through the forest – please stay on the track and help protect the rainforest! (13 stairs)
The circuit meanders gently downhill, passing two impressive strangler figs on the right of the track. A couple of narrower sections are created by large trees. Often, the ground is covered by hundreds of palm fringes, care should be taken especially after heavy rain.
Timber Log Bridge
Occasionally, walkers are reminded of how close this section of the Tamborine National park is to suburban living with some sounds filtering through the rainforest at certain times of the day. Closer towards the lower-most point of the track it becomes slightly steeper and than starts to gradually wind its way back up hill again.
After three small timber log creek crossings, walkers come past an uprooted tree resting on another one. Shortly after a fourth timber log creek
Something to “crow” about! The Tamborine Mountain“Scarecrow Festival” is a fun filled weekend for the young and young at heart! Have a chuckle at all the weird and wonderful creations. Follow the trail to see over 150 scarecrows from ingenious to wacky. Festival activities at the “TM Sports Complex” on Saturday and in “Gallery Walk” on Sunday. The 2020 event was held from Friday 11th to Sunday 20th of September 2020.