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Published October 27th 2019
Escape the City
Tamborine Mountain has an abundance of attractions for tourists and locals alike. Below are the best places to visit for families.
Cedar Creek Falls (Cedar Creek Falls Road, Mount Tamborine)
Cool down in Cedar Creek and experience some of its spectacular cascades, waterfalls and rock pools.
Cedar Creek Falls Lookout is approximately 250m from the car park and is suitable for prams and wheelchairs with assistance. Walk an additional 450m, descending through the forest to reach the rock pools below. There are many steps on this walk and therefore it is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Please note, transitioning from the walking trail to the rock pool area may be difficult with younger children. Assistance is advisable.
Basking by the water
Thunderbird Park (Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road, Tamborine Mountain)
Thunderbird Park spans an incredible 112 hectares on Tamborine Mountain and offers an exciting array of outdoor adventure activities. These include the Thunderegg Crystal Mine, TreeTop Challenge, Laser skirmish, Mini Golf, Horse rides and rock pools.
Extend your visit by booking accommodation within the onsite camp and caravan sites or bunk rooms.
Curtis Falls (Best Access Point 14-18 Dapsang Dr, Eagle Heights)
Curtis Falls is reached by a 1.1km return walk through the stunning Joalah Section of Mount Tamborine National Park. The walk is relatively easy with lots of impressively sized trees, interesting root structures and hollowed trunks. There are several short sections with stairs, and therefore the track is not suitable for wheelchair or pram use.
A viewing platform overlooks the waterfall and main rock pool. Swimming in this section is prohibited, due to the presence of glow worms and resident platypus.
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a 1.5km journey through the rainforest canopies. Visitors will encounter forest floor trails, 300 metres of steel bridges through the upper canopy and a 40m cantilever bridge reaching a height of 30m above the creek.
An onsite cafe, gift shop and toilets with handicapped facilities are available to guests.
Flights of Fancy (Shop 4, 117 Long Road, Eagle Heights)
Flights of Fancy is the original fairy shop and ultimate fairy destination on Tamborine Mountain.
A wide range of whimsical ornaments, accessories and costumes are displayed throughout beautiful themed rooms. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday the fairies gather for a full hour of craft, stories, games, dress ups and face painting! For just $15 your child can spend an hour of fun with the fairies. Please call to book via: (075) 545 1157.
Granny Mac's Fudge Store (139 Long Road, Eagle Heights)
Located within the Gallery Walk, Granny Mac's Fudge Store is well-known for its hand crafted fudges, ice-creams and wide assortment of packaged confectionery, ginger and nuts. An onsite cafe sells hot and cold drinks and various baked goods, including scones, pies, cakes and more.
Outdoor dining is provided along the Queenslander's wide verandah or under picnic tables sheltered by large umbrellas.
In particular, children of all ages will adore the Sooty Owl Creekside trail. This interactive trail begins with a cheery sign and a rustic pathway adorned with colourful mosaics. It winds through a section of forest that represents the typical habitat of the Greater Sooty Owl - dense forest with deep gullies, hollowed trees and caves. Throughout the walk, children will encounter various informative signs and sensory installations.
Experimenting with a water pump
Glow Worm Caves (104 Hartley Road, Mount Tamborine)
Located within the Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves offer guided tours through a purpose-built Glow Worm Cave. Visitors will learn about the Glow Worm (including how and why they emit light) and view thousands of these glowing creatures.
Frog Hollow is also open during these times, an attraction housing up to 10 different frog species native to Tambourine Mountain.
Hang Glider Launch (294-298 Main Western Rd, North Tamborine)
The launch site for hang gliders offers stunning views and is an ideal location for resting or enjoying a picnic.