This track is found in the Joalah part of Tamborine National Park in Queensland, just one hour from Brisbane. An out-and-back trail, it journeys through a damp forest of towering eucalyptus and lush rainforest with staghorn and crows nest ferns growing from the trees and has a magical feel about it. These trees and plants provide essential habitats for wildlife in an area mostly surrounded by rural and urban development. The waterfalls, depending on the season, can be gentle or raging, but are at their most spectacular after heavy rain, flowing over the great columns of basalt which are a legacy from volcanic eruptions some 23 million years ago.
As you walk through the forest, notice the drop in temperature and look out for turtles on fallen trunks and logs. In the rock pool below, eels and fish can be seen and maybe even a platypus. When darkness comes glowworms on the surrounding cliffs and rocks can be spotted. Access to the rock pool is not allowed; this is to protect the glow-worm and platypus populations, but there is a large viewing platform adjacent so you still can see this intriguing place.
Less than a mile long, this track is well signposted and is graded as being of medium difficulty and can be completed in less than half an hour, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here
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. With a rough surface and 150 stairs on the trail, it is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs although older children will be enthralled by it! Dogs are not permitted here.
There is limited parking at the start of the track at Dapsang Drive, but note that there are only 42 parking places and this is a very popular destination so parking is often a problem although some additional parking can be found at St George Anglican Church nearby and also at the shops at Eagle Heights Road, about half a mile away. There are a cafe and toilet facilities at the start of the track.