Whether you’re in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine is a perfect day trip away from the city. If you’ve been following my blog, you know how much I love waterfalls. So after listing the Mt Tamborine waterfalls among the best day trips for waterfall lovers in Byron Bay, I thought it would be good to publish more details about them.
The best time to visit Mt Tamborine waterfalls is during the wet season in summer, after the rain.
The Four Mt Tamborine Waterfalls
The list goes from North to South. The numbers are in reference to the map of Mt Tamborine waterfalls at the bottom of the article.
1. Cedar Creek Falls
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a dip, Cedar Creek Falls is the only waterfall in Mount Tamborine where you can swim. It’s a scenic place, but don’t expect to see the more impressive falls of the same name that are near the Whitsundays!
During summer, the rock pools are Mount Tamborine’s most popular attraction so you’d better arrive early if you’re hoping to avoid the crowd. If it has rained a few days before, the falls are stronger and transform the pool into a spa. It’s less impressive outside the wet season, but the gorge still offers lovely views and it’s a lot quieter.
It’s an easy 1.5km walk return from the car park to the bottom of the falls, with a few viewing platforms on the way. It’s a boardwalk down to the lookout. You’ll need to scramble on the boulders to make your way to the rockpools.
How to get there: Aim for the car park at the end of Cedar Creek Falls Road. It’s a busy spot – especially during a sunny weekend – so you may need to park your car further up.
Responsible Travel Tip: Unfortunately, the place isn’t just popular for nature-lovers. Some people leave their rubbish down there. Be smarter to help preserve this beautiful spot: take back your rubbish and the ones you find on your way!
2. Cameron Falls
You can enjoy Cameron Falls from a beautiful platform that also provides stunning views across the valley to Flinders Peak and the south of Brisbane. Cameron Falls Lookout is on a branch track on the easy 2.6-km Sandy Creek Circuit.
Cameron Falls is a seasonal waterfall that is fed by the rain. The lookout will still provide sweeping views and the forest walk is still nice outside the rain season, but the waterfall won’t be spectacular at that time.
How to get there: You’ll find a carpark on the left at the top of Knoll Road.
3. Curtis Falls
Curtis Falls are my favourite Mt Tamborine Waterfalls.
It’s a lovely short 700-meter walk across the lush rainforest to access the viewing platform at the bottom of the falls. Although the plunge isn’t impressive, I love all the vegetation around and the large pool at the base. It’s very photogenic.
It’s prohibited to access the falls outside the platform, thus you are not allowed to swim in the rock pool. This is to protect a glow worms colony. If you stay after dark you may get a chance to see them. I have never tried it at Curtis Falls but I know it could be magical. I loved this experience at Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park and at the Glow Worm Cave.
How to get there: From Eagle Heights Road, you’ll see a sign to turn to Dapsang Drive to reach the carpark.
4. Witches Falls
You will need to hike the 3-kilometre Witches Falls Circuit, one of the longest hikes in Mount Tamborine, to access the Witches Falls viewing deck.
Like Cameron Falls, Witches Falls only flow after the recent rain. But the walk in the forest is lovely even when there is no water plunging down.
How to get there: The carpark is on Main Western Road.
This last waterfall on the Mt Tamborine waterfalls list, Jenyns Falls, is not accessible anymore. They had to close the lookout for safety reasons and there is no plan to reopen it so far.
Have you visited waterfalls in Mt Tamborine? Share your experience in the comments below!
Map of Mt Tamborine Waterfalls
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