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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
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).