The Joalah Section of Mount Tamborine National Park is a great spot for family-friendly exploration. In particular, the Curtis Falls Track allows visitors to walk through wet eucalypt forest to the base of the stunning Curtis Falls.
When accessed from Dapsang Drive (Tamborine), it is 1.5km return walk to Curtis Falls. The track is listed as "moderate grade," with some steeper sections and 101 steps. Despite this, many families with younger children frequent this location. The stairs are broken into several sections and a viewing platform halfway through the track provides opportunities for a rest break.
The beauty of the surroundings will captivate visitors of all ages. In this section of forest, there are towering trees reaching great heights with impressive root structures and hollows.
Impressive root structures
The walk ends at a large viewing deck overlooking the base of the falls and the rock pools below. Curtis Falls flows all year round but is particularly impressive after rain. Due to a protected population of resident glow-worms, swimming or any access beyond the platform is punishable by a fine.
The same track is used to return to the entry. Visitors wishing to extend their walk can divert at the sign indicating the Joalah Lower Creek Circuit (2.4kms return).
The entrance at Dapsang Drive offers car parking for 42 vehicles and public toilets. This walk can also be accessed via a 400m walk from the T- junction of Eagle Heights Road and Geissmann Drive. Although parking is limited at this location, there are several cafes for post-walk relaxation.