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Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountain

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published April 17th 2021
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Welcome to the land of the Yugambeh.

These falls are especially lovely when there has been some rain but the walk to them and from them is so beautiful, I would recommend a visit at any time of year.

It is easy to get to - just over an hour's drive from Brisbane down the M1. Take the exit marked Tamborine. Curtis Falls is in the Joalah part of the National Park. They are signposted once you arrive in Tamborine and, of course, on Google Maps.

There is ample parking and a little explanatory map at the top to tell you exactly where you are going. The walk to the Falls is easy and children can happily be included.

I visited Tamborine a few years ago and was wowed by the forests. I had forgotten the majesty of the trees, running creeks, rivers and falls. It is a rich environment with a lot on offer and it is well worth frequent visits throughout the seasons.

We loved the varying colours of the picabeen palms roots.

Picabeen Palm tree

Picabeen Palm tree

Looking up we catch their delicate fruit droops which change colour according to the seasons.

The fruit droops

The falls are a short walk away and are perfect for a commemorative photo.

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If you then carry on the path, which is approximately another 2-3 km, you will come across Flying Fox colonies roosting strangely enough in the palms, something I have never come across.

Strangler Figs

When we were visiting, the forest floor was awash with what looked like plum tomatoes.

Fruit on the forest floor

They had a hard nut in their centre and on some further investigation, they appear to be the fruit of the Black Pine Tree.

The inside of the fruit

Of course, a forest walk would not be complete without the appearance of some fungi - after the rains, they came out in profusion and are so ephemeral. Here today but gone tomorrow.

A pop up of Fungi
A pop up of Fungi

And then there were the flowering buds and bushes which caught our eye in all the backdrop of green.

Like fire crackers in the forest

The area is rich in hikes and I have attached a helpful map. However, Curtis Falls and the extension path to us offered a perfect blend of variety in the rainforest with lots to see.
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Why? Lovely hikes
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Where: Tamborine Mountain
Cost: Free
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