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Published January 20th 2016
An easy walk on Mount Tamborine
Strangler Figs Mount Tamborine
The Witches Falls section of Tamborine National Park was the first National Park in Queensland having been declared in 1908.The Palm Grove and Joalah sections were added later in 1925 and 1927 and some areas have been donated by landowners.
Construction of the walking tracks begun during the great depression in the 1930's and now provide a range of short and easy strolls through the pockets of forest scattered around the mountain, Views of the surrounding countryside and some pretty good looking waterfalls, when there has been enough rain, can be seen from vantage points along the tracks.
Mount Tamborine National Park is popular because it is close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast providing a great day trip into the cooler rain-forest freshened mountain air. There are plenty of cafes, markets and wineries on the mountain to round out the day after a walk or two.
The friendly staff at Doughty Park Information Centre located at 32 Geissmann Drive can set you up with free maps showing all the walks on the mountain as well as heaps of need to know details on where to eat, sleep and all the local attractions.
Tamborine National Park, Knoll Section
Knoll Walking track 2.6 km
To get to the track turn into Main Street from Geissmann Drive in North Tamborine and continue for around one and a half a kilometers. Main Street turns into Knoll Road and the signed entrance to the park comes up on the left. A pleasant grassed area at the beginning of the walk provides picnic tables, electric BBQs and toilets.
The walk begins at a lookout facing north and winds downhill through rain-forest to a viewing platform overlooking Cameron Falls and more views. It then winds back uphill through Piccabeen groves to the start.
The track winds through rain-forest
A good walk to introduce the kids to bush-walking as it's not too far and showcases a wide range of rain-forest plants for such a small area. Shiny black land mullets (the largest skink in the world) sunning themselves beside the track can sometimes be seen by a keen and quiet observer.
After the walk the Spice of Life Cafe on Main Street is good for coffee and cake.