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Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Bush Walks

Tamborine Mountain is a nature lover’s paradise. The famous “Witches Falls” section of the Tamborine National 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 of 13 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills. There are a large number of beautiful rainforest bushwalks, most tracks are under 3 kms taking about 1 hour, are well established and easy to follow.

Tamborine National Park

Tamborine Mountain is a nature lover’s paradise!
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!

The Witches Falls Section of the Tamborine National Park

Witches Falls National Park, Waterfall, Bushwalking, Lookouts, Rainforest

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Access:

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).

Witches Chase Walking Track, Tamborine Mountain

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” waterfall (25 stairs).

Return is via the northern track zigzagging up the mountain again