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The Palm Grove Section, Tamborine National Park

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by Cris (subscribe)
I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
Published June 4th 2021
A beautiful hike in a luscious forest with big trees
The walk is under the canopy of a beautiful forest. There are piccabeen palm groves, strangler figs and trees with big buttresses, hoop pines, brush boxes and grey gums.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms,
It takes many hikers to go all around this big tree. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove section includes two trails: Palm Grove Circuit and
Jenyns Circuit.

Palm Grove Circuit is classified Grade 4, meaning the trail is rugged, the distance is 2.7 km return; allow about 1hour walking time.

Jenyns Circuit is classified Grade 4, the distance is 4.8 km, allow about 1 hour and a half walking time.

The hike starts at Palm Grove Avenue, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland; there is a small carpark available.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms,
At the start of the hike there is an information board with maps. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
The edible berries of the Walking Stick Palm. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Wooden planks for creek crossing on Palm Grove Hike. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More on the Palm Grove Trail. Photo by Author.


The piccabeen palms have aerial roots exposed above the soil surface. The aerial roots allow them to absorb oxygen when the soil is flooded or waterlogged.

The piccabeen palms produce thousands of seeds, most falling directly under the parent trees. The seeds grow quickly, shading all other plants and creating groves of palms. Also, the dense root system prevents other plants from growing within the grove.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Aerial roots of the piccabeen palm. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Directional sign. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Hikers around a big tree in the forest. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Huge buttresses of the trees in the forest. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Amazing trees in the forest. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Fungi on an old log. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
The strangler tree is taking over the host tree. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
It's fun exploring the forest rich in nature. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Art in the forest. Photo by Author.


The Group Hiking South East Qld and More generally hike four trails in one day, since some of the trails are short. Generally in the morning, the group hikes Witches Falls Section and Palm Grove Section, leaving The Knoll Section and Joalah Section in the afternoon.

At lunchtime, the group have a break at Spice of Life Cafe, at 28 Main St, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Some refreshments and a coffee after the hikes at Life of Spice. Photo by Author.


After the hike in the afternoon, I visit another Cafe, Gallery Cafe, in Tamborine Mountain together with the group before heading home. Gallery Cafe, in 12 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4271.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Gallery Cafe in Tamborine Mountain is a great place to meet up with the group after the hike. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Beautiful white Gordonia flowers in the gardens in Tamborine Mountain. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
A carpet of flowers below the tree. Photo by Author.


Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Beautiful flowers in the gardens, tibouchina shrub. Photo by Author.


What to bring

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!

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
Map of Palm Grove Section Trails. Photo fromhttps://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/tamborine



In the days prior to the hike, make sure to check:

Weather Website www.bom.gov.au

Park Alerts https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range

Road Conditions https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au


Directions

From Brisbane City, take the M3 that becomes M1. Exit at n 38, at Yatala, travel on Stanmore Rd, then turn left onto Beaudesert Beenleigh Rd.

When you are at the Tamborine roundabout, follow the Tamborine Mountain Rd. The hike starts at 17-19 Palm Grove Ave, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272.

Palm Grove Section Hike in Tamborine National Park, Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Witches Falls Section Hike, The Knoll Section, Life of Spice Café Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section Hike, Group Hiking South East Qld And More, Rainforest, Piccabeen palms, Walking Stick palm,
The red berries of the Cane Stick palm. Photo by Author.



More related articles by the Author

Witches Falls Circuit Hike in Tamborine National Park
www.weekendnotes.com/witches-falls-circuit-mount-tamborine

The Knoll Section Walk in Tamborine National Park
www.weekendnotes.com/knoll-section-walk-tamborine-mountain


Reference

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/tamborine
www.facebook.com/SpiceofLifeCafeDeli/
www.amberleaflandscaping.com.au/plant-directory/archontophoenix/
www.sgaonline.org.au/edible-and-useful-walking-stick-palm
www.flowerpower.com.au/garden-advice/gardening/tibouchina/
https://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Gordonia
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Where: 17-19 Palm Grove Ave, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
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