Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 31st 2020
Double the waterfall fun
Twin Falls Circuit is on Yugambeh Country in the World Heritage Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park. This circuit takes bushwalkers on a 4.2km track that passes down into a valley and behind two waterfalls before ascending back up to the top again.
Twin Circuit Falls drops into this valley to take hikers behind two waterfalls
Twin Falls Circuit can be followed from two initial points. One is the Canyon Lookout, and the other is the picnic area at Tallanbana. While the trail passes through each of these, I would recommend using Tallanbana as a start and endpoint since it has public toilets and picnic tables available (including one within a shelter in case of rain).
A map and information at Tallanbana Picnic Area
Additional interpretive signs have recently been installed along the Twin Falls Circuit, and it is easiest to read them when following the trail in a counter-clockwise direction. This direction also allows for a more gradual ascent back out of the valley towards the end of your walk.
Interpretive signs provide information about the World Heritage rainforest along the track
The trail passes through a number of clefts, rocky overhangs, and caves, which children especially delight in.
Passing through one of many clefts in the rock on Twin Falls Circuit
Twin Falls Circuit is a well-signed track, and the equally well signed 16km Warrie Track leaves and rejoins the Twin Falls Circuit along the way.
Twin Falls Circuit is exceptionally well signposted
Twin Falls circuit passes behind two waterfalls. After heavy rain, these create a curtain of water to walk behind, but even when flowing less strongly it is an enjoyable and novel experience. In summer it is even possible to swim in a pristine pool beneath the first of the waterfalls. However, the track at these points can be exceptionally slippery, so visitors are advised to keep children under close supervision and to wear supportive walking shoes.
The track passes behind two separate waterfalls - be prepared to get a little damp!
The rainforest along this track includes brush box trees and ancient tree ferns thought to have evolved before dinosaurs roamed Australia. The track also passes through an area of piccabeen palms whose red fruits attract a wide variety of rainforest birds.
Twin Falls Circuit passes through a variety of rainforest habitat as it falls and then rises through the valley again
This track is one of our family's favourites. However, Queensland Parks and Wildlife consider it to be a Grade 3 track which means:
Some bushwalking experience is recommended.
Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
It is comprised of distinct tracks with junctions signposted.
Although beautiful, bushwalkers should remain vigilant for slippery sections along the track
There are no facilities available along the track, and visitors are advised to bring their own drinking water. Additionally, since it is often at least 5 degrees cooler in the mountains than it is on the coast, with much higher rainfall, visitors are advised to bring a warm, waterproof jacket at all times of the year.
Some days the rainforest can't decide between sun and rain, but it is always cooler up in these mountains than it is at the coast