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Published June 2nd 2021
A Short Hike with a Beautiful Waterfall
The Knoll Section Walk includes the Sandy Creek Circuit in Tamborine National Park in Tamborine Mountain.
Sandy Creek Circuit in Tamborine National Park starts at the Knoll carpark. Follow Knoll Rd and the carpark is at the top of the driveway. The carpark is small, so if you are in a group make sure to carpool somewhere to reduce the number of cars.
View in proximity of the Cameron Falls, The Knoll Section. Photo by Author.
The trail is beautiful and fun, featuring a creek crossing over a little bridge, piccabeen palms, a wooden bridge, a lookout and Cameron Falls. I follow the trail in a clockwise direction.
Just off the carpark, the lookout offers views of Flinders Peak, Mount Blaine, Mount Perry, Mount Goolman and all the valleys below.
Yugambeh legend tells how the valley became flat.
The banks of the Dugulumba Logan and Bilinooba Albert balun rivers have been home to Aboriginal families of the Yugambeh language region for thousands of years. This story tells how the once-mountainous country west of Jambreen Tamborine Mountain was made flat and the McPherson Range was created.
According to legend two hunters, Gwyala and Burrajum, from Wollumbin (Mount Warning) followed their two hunting dogs Ningeroongun and Barrajanda, who were hunting a Kangaroo, onto the lands of the neighboring family group. The hunting dogs ran ahead as they chased down the Kangaroo and were accidentally killed. Burrajum performed a rain making ceremony at the loss of his uncle's dogs.
The ceremony caused the rain to fall in torrents for days and says, until the rivers rose and great landslides swept the mountains away.
The hunter carried the dogs home to bury them. As they travelled, parts of the dogs fell to the ground and rose into the mountains and ridgelines we see today. The top of their heads became Bung-bung Mount Chingee, and a paw at the head of Bilinooba became a ridge known as Mamoon- both of these locations are hidden from view by mountain ranges to the south west. - from the sign at the lookout at the carpark.
The views from the lookout just off the carpark. Visible in the background is the unmistakable shape of Flinders Peak. Photo by Author.
Return on your steps and turn left to continue on the trail in a clockwise direction. Soon you are on a bridge, the creek is the one forming Cameron Falls. Take care on the rocks and do not go close to the edge of the waterfall.
Hikers of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More at Cameron Falls. Photo by Author.
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, very recommended hiking ankle supportive boots; first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches; give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them, socks protectors or gaiters.
Consider packing some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 1.5 litres of water and snacks. During summer you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.
You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!