Have you done the Curtis Falls walk at Mount Tamborine?
On our recent weekend at Mount Tamborine, we ventured out for a number of bushwalks each morning. The great thing about early morning walks is that the weather is cool (although high temperatures aren’t really a problem up on the Mountain in July, our winter in Australia), and there are very few other walkers on the trails, so you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
The name Tamborine Mountain is Aboriginal in origin, and has nothing to do with the musical instrument. The names comes from the Anglicised version of the Aboriginal world “Jambreen”, and the spelling on early records is also shown as Tchambreem and Goombireen, which means “wild lime”, referring to the finger lime tress which grow on the mountain. The 28 square kilometre plateau was inhabited by Aborigines for tens of thousands of years prior to the arrival of the first European settlers to the area in 1878.
Tamborine Mountain is home to the oldest National Park in Australia. Located about an hour inland from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine and the surrounding hinterland is known as “the green behind the gold”. You couldn’t get a bigger contrast between the glitz, night life and highrises of the busy tourist strip and the serenity of the beautiful hinterland.
Tamborine National Park offers six different walking trails, most of which are relatively easy walks, but some have uneven sections and short, steep grades. Check out their maps here.
Having completed the Witches Falls walk the previous day, we decided to do the Curtis Falls walk on the Sunday morning. We parked our car at the Dapsang Drive carpark, just off Eagle Heights Road and ventured off into the sub-tropical rainforest.
The Curtis Falls walk is 1.5km return, is a moderate grade and has some steep sections, but is certainly worth the relatively short walk to admire the beautiful waterfall, which runs year round. The trail to the falls ends at a viewing platform overlooking the pool beneath the falls.
Once we had completed this part of the trail, we then went on to the Joalah circuit, which is a total of 4.2km return, and takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete. Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning “haunt of the lyrebird”.
We enjoyed walking through the lush rainforest, dwarfed by the towering flooded gums and giant strangler figs. The trail is lined with rich green palms and ferns, as well as an array of birdlife and massive basalt boulders which line the creek bed.
It was so lovely to get out and walk with my friend, taking time to reconnect and chat as we enjoyed the absolute raw beauty of this stunning rainforest. We are so grateful to live in this gorgeous part of the world, where there’s an abundance of natural beauty. If you live in South East Queensland, or you’re planning to visit, and you haven’t been to Tamborine Mountain, you may want to add it to your weekend trip list or travel itinerary.
Do you live near a place where you can get back to nature and enjoy some peace and quiet? What do you enjoy doing on the weekends? Let me know in the comments section below.
We also thoroughly enjoyed a day at the Tamborine Cooking School. Read about it here.
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