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The Joalah Section of the Tamborine National Park

Tamborine National Park, Bushwalking, Walking Trails, Accommodation, Views, Lookouts

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Access:

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).

Curtis Falls

Please note that swimming is prohibited at