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Best Walking Trails and Gardens at Mt Tamborine

Get back to nature with your family on one of Mt Tamborine’s many picturesque walking trails!

Enjoying the outdoors in a healthy way can bring your family together

Quality time spent with our families goes a long way to improving healthy relationships as well as personal qualities like resilience and self-esteem. When this is combined with both invigorating exercise and an appreciation of the great outdoors you’ve got the recipe for some excellent bonding time.

Walking trails at Mt Tamborine

There are a large number of walking trails at Mt Tamborine that will appeal to a range of different age levels and abilities. You should carefully check that where you are going is right for your family as well as taking all necessary precautions like sun safety, preparation and health checks.

Most of these tracks are short (achievable in a few hours) with varying degrees of difficulty. Some will have quite steep sections so please factor this into your planning.

There is NO camping within the national park but if you go to our Where can I stay at Mt Tamborine page you’ll find heaps of great local places to hang your hat.

Walking tracks

Cedar Creek Falls Track

Please note that this is on Cedar Creek FALLS Road, not Cedar Creek Road. You’re looking at about a half hour (900m return to rock pools or 900m return to lookout). This is a beautiful walk with a lot of water features (falls, pools and cascades) but isn’t suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.

Witches Chase Track

This track will take two hours and is considered ‘moderate’. Travelling from the picnic area off the Main Western Rd, you’ll go through rainforest down to the cliff and then forward to Witches Chase. Look for large red cedar trees!

Walking Circuits

Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit

This is an easy track and should take around an hour. You’ll see a stunning variety of fauna on this circuit – Piccabeen palm groves, strangler figs and yellow carabeens to name but a few. Find access on Palm Grove Avenue.

Jenyns Fall Circuit

This circuit was closed at time of writing (March 2017).

Curtis Falls (Joalah Section)

A moderate track, this should take about 30 minutes. The name comes from the Aboriginal word meaning lyrebird – they are out in force in this area in winter. You can access via Dapsang Drive carpark or Eagle Heights Road shops. You’ll find rainforest, steep stairs, a large water pool, beautiful views and impressive rockfaces. You absolutely cannot swim here, though. The lower part of the track experiences rockfalls so was closed at time of writing (March 2017).

Witches Falls Circuit

A moderate track that will take about an hour. Criss-cross steep mountainside terrain over open forest and into the rainforest. There are seasonal lagoons to navigate before arriving at Witches Falls. After heavy rain this is an especially beautiful and wildlife-dense route. Your return will take you behind the cemetery and then back to the picnic area on Main Western Road.

Sandy Creek Circuit (Knoll section)

This is an easy track that should take around an hour. Lots of beautiful views, gorgeous rainforest and transition forest. Steep cliff edges mean careful supervision of little ones. You can access via Main Street, North Tamborine and Knoll Road. Check out the view to Flinders Peak and Brisbane!

Macdonald Rainforest Circuit

Another easy track – this one should only take about a half hour. It’s relatively flat and you’ll go through rainforest to see large strangler figs. A beautiful route to take for birdwatchers and those looking to get away from other visitors. Start at Wongawallen Road, off Tamborine-Oxenford Road.

Gardens and Nurseries at Mt Tamborine

If you love nature but a slower pace is more your style you’ll find a number of beautiful gardens and nurseries that are open to the public.

Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens

You can picnic, there’s space for the kids to play and you can take a stroll through this gorgeous slice of heaven. The plants are both local and exotic, there’s a peaceful and still Japanese Garden for quiet contemplation, a tropical rainforest walk and a breathtaking lake.

This wonderful area was established in 1983 by the prolific Tamborine Mountain Garden Club.

Birchgrove Nursery

Birchgrove Nursery Mt Tamborne - walking trails

Here you’ll find all the tools you need to create the garden of your dreams. Birchgrove includes a nursery and a café and is one of South East QLD’s largest sellers of deciduous trees. They specialise in the classic “English country garden” look and can help your yard go from drab to fab.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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