Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Photo: Maxime Coquard © Qld Govt Palm Grove section, Tamborine National Park Walk through ethereal rainforest and silvery eucalypt woodland, the fresh air revitalising your every step. Admire sweeping views of Flinders Peak, the Scenic Rim and Brisbane. Declared in 1908, Tamborine National Park was Queensland’s first national park, (originally Witches Falls National Park). Today’s park has 14 separate sections for visitors to explore. Did you know? The place name ‘Tamborine’ means ‘wild lime’ and refers to the finger lime trees that grow wild on the mountain and were eaten by the traditional Aboriginal people of this area. Highlights • Witness Cameron Falls tumbling over the cliff top on the Sandy Creek circuit. • Trace the footsteps of folklore on a walk at Witches Falls—local children once believed this forest was haunted by witches and giants. • Go for a scenic drive stopping for a relaxing picnic with a view at The Knoll. Getting there Tamborine Mountain is 80km south of Brisbane. Travel via Nerang– Beaudesert Road and Oxenford– Tamborine Road from the Pacific Highway, or Tamborine Mountain Road from Canungra. Things to do Wildlife spotting Listen for strange gurgling sounds beneath your feet—these may be giant Tamborine earthworms travelling through waterlogged underground burrows. Look for Richmond birdwing butterflies and colourful noisy pittas in summer. Red-necked pademelons bound between slender palm trunks and towering buttress roots, while platypus and frogs dip into cool lagoons. Picnicking Enjoy popular picnic areas in Cedar Creek, Palm Grove, The Knoll, Witches Falls and MacDonald sections. Horseriding Ride your horse on designated trails in some sections of the park. Access is from Beaudesert–Beenleigh Road or Tamborine Mountain Road. Visit parks.des.qld.gov.au/experiences/horse- trails for information about the SEQ horse riding trail network. Tamborine National Park Escape to the mountains and lose yourself in the shade of white-washed flooded gums and rainforest gullies thick with piccabeen palms. 12

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