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Horse Riding Hinterland at Thunderbird Park

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Horse Riding Hinterland @ Thunderbird Park

“Horse Riding Hinterland” at Thunderbird Park lets you experience the rain forest of the Gold Coast Hinterland, on horseback. They offer a range of options for both adults and children, from first-timers to experienced riders. Clip clop along winding trails through the cool green rain forest, trace the banks along the tumbling creek and climb upwards through majestic ancient gum trees.


Curtis Falls Lolly Shop & Ice Creamery

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Curtis Falls Lolly Shop & Ice Creamery

Good old-fashioned service! The iconic “Curtis Falls Lolly Shop & Ice Creamery” is a wonderful old fashioned lolly shop with all your old favourites! Indulge in a yummy Ice Cream or one of Eddy’s old fashioned Nut Sundaes ! Walk through stunning rainforest, the Joalah National Park section, listen to the birds or you might spot a small wallaby or a sleepy python!


Tamborine Waterfalls / Swimming Holes

Many natural attractions greet the Tamborine Mountain visitor. A number of breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls are located all over the mountain and are often the reason why so many visitors return time and again. After prolonged periods of rain, waterfalls are at their most spectacular, but all flow year round.
A bit of walking is always involved when visiting one of the many waterfalls on Tamborine Mountain.

Tamborine Mountain National Park, Bushwalking, Swimming Holes, Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Rock Pools

It is hard to pick any particular waterfall as being “the best” – all of the waterfalls have their own special beauty, and need to be seen to be appreciated!

“Cedar Creek Falls” (A4)
A short stroll from the car park at the end of “Cedar Creek Road” provides access to Cedar Creek and some of its spectacular cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. Visitors pass a couple of rewarding lookouts, and descend down into the open canyon via a sealed pathway. As Tamborine Mountain is not connected to town water, these are the only swimming holes on the mountain. Please observe all regulatory notices.

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Cameron Falls

For information on how to get to “Cedar Creek Falls” please CLICK HERE.

“Cameron Falls” (B3)
The top of the falls is reached after a very enjoyable 30 minute walk starting at the “Knoll Road” lookout. A secure concrete bridge crosses “Sandy Creek”, a viewing platform a few meters to the west offers great views inland as well as on to “Cameron Falls” to the east.

For information on how to get to “Cameron Falls” please CLICK HERE.

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Witches Falls

“Witches Falls” (E2)
Being located within Queensland’s first National Park, “Witches Falls” is one of the most popular waterfalls. Access is via the “Main Western Road” car parking area opposite “Hartley Road”. Being located on the “Witches Chase” hiking track, the falls are best admired from the viewing platform also offering great inland views.

For information on how to get to “Witches Falls” please CLICK HERE.

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Curtis Falls

“Curtis Falls” (D5)
Located in the heart of Tamborine Mountain, “Curtis Falls” is the only waterfall that can be viewed from the bottom of the falls. Being fed by “Cedar Creek”, a permanent creek, the falls run all year-round. The walking track ends at a viewing platform overlooking a large rock pool, with great views of the falls and the surrounding columnar basalt rock face.

For information on how to get to “Curtis

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

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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

The Cedar Creek Section of the Tamborine National Park

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Cedar Creek car park

Access:
This section of the park is easily reached via Tamborine Mountain Road. It is an ideal stop on the way up to Tamborine Mountain from Tamborine Village. The turn-off to “Cedar Creek Falls Road” is just past the information map stopping bay on the left, on the same sharp right bend than the turn-off to “Thunderbird Park”. Please take care – this large bitumen street corner has a 40km/h speed limit, and is often used as a large bus turning circle.

A fairly narrow road leads down towards “Cedar Creek Falls”, crossing Cedar Creek via a concrete level creek crossing shortly before reaching the car parking area.

Visitors are asked to please keep noise to a minimum as this is also a residential area.

Please park only in the designated spots, and do not obstruct resident’s driveways. Note that there is NO parking on the access road (yellow lines).

Boardwalk to Lookout

Cedar Creek Falls Lookout (A4) – 500m return to lookout, allow about 20 minutes return, easy grade

This flat bitumen track from the car park to the lookout is suitable for strollers and assisted wheelchair access. The lookout at the end of the walk offers very nice views of the waterfalls, cascades and a series of rock pools popular with swimmers. This walking track is ideally suitable for the young, the elderly and the disabled, providing spectacular waterfall scenery within very short walking distance.

Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools (A4) 900m return from lookout (see before), allow about 30 minutes, moderate grade

The track provides access to Cedar Creek and some of its spectacular cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. It is hard to describe the natural beauty of this spot without using superlatives, but judge for yourself – and don’t forget to bring your togs!

Please note that NO glass containers are allowed past the viewing platform, and observe the regulatory notices warning of slippery rocks, steep cliffs and “no go” areas close to the falls. The entire track is sealed, and provides for safe walking even after heavy rain.

At the rock pools..

The walk starts to the right of the lookout, sloping down gently. Upon reaching a fork, keep to the left to reach another viewing platform. Rest to take full advantage of the breathtaking views to the three upper waterfalls and rock pools