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The MacDonald Section of the Tamborine National Park

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MacDonald Section Walking Trail

Access:

Turn into “Wongawallen Road” at the upper roundabout of “Gallery Walk”, parking is about 200 meters down the road on the left opposite the “Heritage Centre”.  The parking area is limited, however, plenty of additional parking space is available on both sides of the road.

“Wongawallen Road” Carpark:

Car parking spaces: 9
Disabled car parking spaces: NO
Bus parking spaces: NO
Public Toilets: NO
BBQs: NO
Picnic Settings: YES – 1x 12-seater
Sheltered Picnic Settings: YES – 2x 8-seater
Additional seating: NO
Views: NO
Information Board: YES – General Information

MacDonald Circuit (D6), 1.4km return, allow 35 minutes, easy grade

BBQ and Picnic Shelter

This area of land was named after Miss Jessie MacDonald, who generously donated part of this area to become a National Park in 1933.  Picnic facilities include a small shelter shed and a large picnic table at the start of the walking track on the edge of the rainforest.

This precious track of subtropical rainforest is popular with bird watchers, and offers visitors a quiet rainforest bush walk away from street noise and crowds.  The circuit is easy to navigate and very enjoyable

This relatively flat loop track passes through rainforest with towering strangler figs, beautiful piccabeen palm groves and tall trees with vines and ferns.   Shortly after the start of the bush walk keep to your left as you enter the loop track.  At the “T” junction, a small fence has been erected to prevent walkers taking a short-cut through the forest – please stay on the track and help protect the rainforest! (13 stairs)

Strangler Figs

The circuit meanders gently downhill, passing two impressive strangler figs on the right of the track.  A couple of narrower sections are created by large trees.  Often, the ground is covered by hundreds of palm fringes, care should be taken especially after heavy rain.

Timber Log Bridge

Occasionally, walkers are reminded of how close this section of the Tamborine National park is to suburban living with some sounds filtering through the rainforest at certain times of the day.  Closer towards the lower-most point of the track it becomes slightly steeper and than starts to gradually wind its way back up hill again.

After three small timber log creek crossings, walkers come past an uprooted tree resting on another one.  Shortly after a fourth timber log creek

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

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

The Palm Grove Section of the Tamborine National Park

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Access:

There are three different ways of accessing this bush walking area. All three provide limited parking, but also offer very convenient access to one of the most beautiful sections of the Tamborine National Park.

A. Entry from “Curtis Road”(E6)

Turn into Curtis Road heading East, the road ends after about 100meters, parking is on the left as you enter the large turning circle.

Car parking spaces: 2
Disabled car parking spaces: NO
Bus parking spaces: NO
Public Toilets: NO
BBQs: NO
Picnic Settings: NO
Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO
Additional seating: NO
Views: NO
Information Board: YES – General Information

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Giant strangler fig

Palm Grove Circuit (F6) from Curtis Road (2.5km return, allow 1 hour, easy grade)

The first section of this bush walk is simply called “Access track”, which highly underrates the breathtaking rainforest scenery that awaits you. The track descends downhill, first gradually zigzagging than straightening out. Walkers will encounter a number of huge trees such as strangler figs, ghost gums and the like, some of these leaning and forming some fascinating buttress root growth formations (44 stairs).

A huge fallen strangler fig blocking the path has been partly cut allowing walkers to pass safely. At the “T” junction to the “Palm Grove Circuit” track allow time to admire a gigantic leaning strangler fig on the left.

B. Entry from “Palm Grove Avenue” (E6)

Head south on Eagle Heights Road and turn into Palm Grove Avenue when the road veers left, you will reach the end of the road after about 200 meters. Car parking spaces are not clearly marked, but recognizable; there is a turning circle and some picnic facilities at the entrance to the bush walk.

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Trail entrance at “Palm Grove Road”

Car parking spaces: 6 to 8
Disabled car parking spaces: NO
Bus parking spaces: NO
Public Toilets: NO
BBQs: NO
Picnic Settings: 1 x 8-seater
Sheltered Picnic Settings: NO
Additional seating: 1 Bench
Views: YES
Information Board: YES – General Information

Palm Grove Circuit (F6) from Palm Grove Road (2.5km return, allow 1 hour, easy grade)

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Cleared path for walkers enjoyment!

The track starts just past the picnic area, slowly descending through subtropical rainforest and crossing a couple of small runoff creeks via timber plank bridges. The “T” junction to the “Palm Grove Circuit” with the gigantic leaning strangler fig (see above) is reached after a pleasant

Beauty, Massages and Wellness

Go on, spoil yourself – massages, reflexology, beauty therapy, yoga, meditation – Tamborine Mountain offers all this and more! You know you deserve it!

What could be more relaxing than a massage on Mount Tamborine, surrounded by the natural beauty of a National Park

Tamborine Mountain “The Knoll” Picnic Area

“The Knoll” picnic area and lookout is one of the many hidden treasures on Tamborine Mountain. The grounds are well kept; the shady grass area is quite large and offers breathtaking views inland. Plenty of parking, ease of access and all facilities make “The Knoll” an ideal spot for a picnic lunch or a BBQ.

Tamborine Mountain “Cedar Creek Falls” Picnic Area

Picnic Tamborine, Cedar Creek Falls, Swimming Hole

Quiet location away from the car park!

“Discover Tamborine Mountain” Map Reference A4 + A5

The “Cedar Creek Falls” Picninc Area is located at the start of the walking trail to “Cedar Creek Falls”.

Tamborine Ntional Park, Picnic Area, Kids day out

Cedar Creek Picnic Area

There are two distinctly separate picnic areas. The first one is closer to the car park and offers plenty of room and facilities. There are large flat grassed areas ideal for throwing a ball, with many tree sheltered picnic settings spread out along the edges. An ideal family area away from any traffic noise or similar suburban influences.

The closeness to the only swimming hole on Tamborine Mountain “Cedar Creek Falls” makes this picnic area the ideal summer destination. Three waterfalls are just 10 minutes walk away, inviting the visitor to cool down from the summer’s heat. The waterfalls are spectacular all year round, the gorge scenery breathtaking.

Cedar Creek Falls, Picnic Tamborine

Car Parking at “Cedar Creek Falls” is limited

The second area is reached after approximately two hundred meters walk on a sealed path, just to the right of the beginning of the board walk that leads to the falls. This area was once used as a school and group campground, and therefore provides a safe and secluded setting for your next picnic, close to nature and with all facilities you could wish for!

Please note that at peak periods you will find it difficult to find a car parking spot close to Cedar Creek Falls and the Picnic Areas. To keep the impact on local wildlife (as well as the residents!) to a minimum, car parking spaces have been limited. The access road has yellow line marking on both sides, meaning that parking on the access road is NOT permitted, as the road is simply too narrow. Additional car parking is available at the start of the road, at the turn off to Thunderbird Park. From there a leisurely 20 minute stroll will get you to the first picnic area. For more information please CLICK HERE.

Picnics on Tamborine Mountain, Partks and BBQs, Children's Playgrounds on Tamborine

Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview

Breweries / Distillery / Wineries

One of the main reasons why close to 1 Million people visit Tamborine Mountain every year is the fact that the Mountain boasts 7 wineries offering a huge variety of wines – whites, reds, sparkling, fortified and everything in between. Add to that some phantastic beers from the “Fortitude Brewery” located at the lower roundabout of Gallery Walk or liqeuers from “Castle Glen Australia” – and a unique and exciting tasting experience awaits you on Tamborine Mountain!

Cheers! Relax and Enjoy!

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets

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Tamborine Mountain Country Markets

The “Tamborine Mountain Country Markets” are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds at the roundabout Main Western Road and Bartle Road in Mount Tamborine.

Market Days, Show and tell, Garage Sale, Bric-a-Brac

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets
Cnr Main Western Road and Bartle Road
Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds
Market Convenor:
(mob) 0417 618 379

The market offers a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful locally produced cheeses, plants, herbs, flowers, coffee, arts and crafts, collectibles, garden ornaments, clothing, a myriad of home made things and delicious temptations of all kinds.

Family friendly markets!

Family friendly markets!

And if all this makes you hungry, there is plenty of food to eat right then, there’s excellent coffee, proffertjes (Dutch pancakes), German sausages (try the “Knackwurst” with mustard – yum!) or be tempted by baked jacket potatoes or fresh corn on the cob.

The Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds are quite large, so there is plenty of room to wander around.

Usually there’s a singer or performer on the gazebo stage, giving these markets a relaxing country atmosphere.  Large shady trees keep you cool in summer, and some open areas allow you to soak in the sun on cooler days.

Tamborine Markets, Produce, market days

The race is on!

Little kids can have pony rides or play in the kids’ castle area, or have some fun with the small kid’s car ride.  The “Tamborine Mountain County Markets” are definitely family-friendly, sometimes several dozen prams are seen parked in the eatery area!

For parking, there is some street parking all around “Main Western Road” but if you manage to find a spot, it can be difficult to cross the road and it can also mean a bit of a walk back to your car.

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets

Tamborine Mountain Country Markets

A much better solution is to support the SES or the local Fire Brigade who co-ordinate parking inside the grassy showgrounds.  Just turn into Normandie Court at the roundabout and follow the signs.  Entry is by gold coin donation, and an SES volunteer will direct you to your parking spot.  It is much easier then to drop your fruit, vegies and other goodies back to the car – because chances are -you are going to buy too much to carry around!

The coolness and fresh air of Tamborine Mountain invites you to thoroughly enjoy this country market day.  And whilst you are there, you can also drop in at the “Green Shed Local

Tamborine Mountain “Geissmann Oval” Picnic Area

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Huge sheltered BBQ and seating area
suitable for large groups!

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A popular area for sporting activities, “Geissmann Oval” is centrally located just off “Main Street” in North Tamborine, allowing you to get all your supplies within a short walking distance from all shops!

Main Street, Geissmann Oval, Picnic Area, Kids Playground, BBQ

Children’s Playground is just behind
the picnic shelter!

With heaps of picnic facilities such as shelter, a children’s playground, sporting fields, plenty of parking, easy access, shady trees and public toilets the oval is great for families and larger groups wanting a bit of space away from traffic and noise.

Please note that this area is host to several regular local sports events, which at times can limit the availability of all facilities on site.

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Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview

Tamborine Mountain State School Markets

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Tamborine Mountain State School Markets
Corner of Long and Curtis Roads
Tamborine Mountain Qld 4272
Market Co-ordinator: ph (mob) 0402 527 241
Email: [email protected]

The “Tamborine Mountain State School Markets” are a true country village market.

Tamborine Mountain School Ground Markets

Tamborine Mountain State School Markets

The TMSS P&C warmly welcomes locals and visitors to the Tamborine Mountain State School Markets. We would love to see you on the last Sunday of every month from 7am to 1pm.

Situated on the picturesque Tamborine Mountain, we are a wonderfully diverse, character-filled market overflowing with things to adore. At our Markets you will find up to 125 stalls from local artists, crafts people, fresh produce, plants, books, clothing, vintage items, collectibles, jewellery, bric a brac, candles, crystals…. the list is endless and always changing.

Whether you are browsing or buying, come along and treat yourself to some of our deliciously tasty food while enjoying the live music and friendly mountain atmosphere.

So come on up, find that special piece, fossick through the treasures, stock up on fresh local produce and – enjoy your visit to Tamborine Mountain!

State School Markets, Mount Tamborine, Attractions

Tamborine Mountain “Doughty Park” Picnic Area

Mount Tamborine, Kids fun, Playground, Picnic Area

“Doughty Park” is centrally located and has
all facilities on site!

“Discover Tamborine Mountain” Map Reference D4

This small park is located within the busy North Tamborine shopping precinct, just a few meters off “Main Western Road”.  Its close proximity to all types of shopping makes it the ideal respite area for partners not wanting to browse through one of the many shops close by! “DRIFT Cafe and Restaurant” overlooks Doughty Park, and serves delicious food and coffees 7 days a week.

Visitor Information, Mount Tamborine, Scenic Rim, Tourist Info, Accommodation

The VIC at Doughty Park – open 7 days a week!

“Doughty Park” offers limited children’s playground equipment and picnic facilities.  Due to the proximity of traffic, children need to be supervised at all times.  In 2012 a new modern public toilet block has been added to the list of facilities.

Doughty Park is also home to the accredited Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre which offers a one stop shop for local travel information such as maps, brochures and information on other things to do and to see on Tamborine Mountain.

Picnics on Tamborine Mountain, Partks and BBQs, Children's Playgrounds on Tamborine

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Tamborine Mountain “Staffsmith Park” Picnic Area

“Discover Tamborine Mountain” map reference D7

Mount Tambourine, Playground, Kids Fun, Dog Walking, Leash Free area, exercise track

Adventure Playground with shade cover and fully secured!

Featuring the Mountain’s largest children’s playground (fully fenced and covered with shade cloth), this park offers great facilities such as a dog leash free area (also fully fenced) and a 7-station exercise track. A great park for the whole family!

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Perfect for kids “cool” play
on hot summer days!

Close by is the “Eagle Heights Shopping Village”, with all supplies you could possibly need such as a bakery, Foodworks supermarket, a butcher and so on. “Staffsmith Park” is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – everyone is welcome!

Picnics on Tamborine Mountain, Partks and BBQs, Children's Playgrounds on Tamborine

Tamborine Mountain Picnic Grounds Information Overview

Scarecrow Festival