Tamborine National Park
Getting there and getting around
Tamborine Mountain is about 80km south of Brisbane via Beenleigh and Tamborine Village or via the Pacific Highway and the Oxenford-Tamborine Road.
Travelling north from the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is 36km from Southport via the Pacific Highway and the Oxenford-Tamborine Road or 28km from Nerang via the Nerang-Beaudesert Road. From Canungra, take the Tamborine Mountain Road for 4km.
The Witches Falls section of the park was declared in 1908, making it Queensland's first national park. Over the years additional reserves have been declared and today the park is made up of 13 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills.
The park protects remnants of Tamborine Mountain's plant communities and includes areas of rainforest with distinctive piccabeen palm groves, wet eucalypt forest dominated by tall flooded gums, open forest with bracken fern understorey and woodland. Surrounded by urban and rural development, these plant communities provide essential wildlife habitat. Tamborine Mountain escarpment contains 85 percent of all fauna species and 65 percent of all flora species in the Gold Coast City area.
The park is home to many rainforest animals including the rare Albert's lyrebird and one of the world's largest skinks, the land mullet. The Richmond birdwing butterfly and noisy pitta migrate seasonally to the park from nearby higher altitude rainforests.
Basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops and waterfalls are a lasting legacy of volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago. Tamborine is the most northerly remnant of the flows from a volcano centred on Mt Warning.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is currently improving tracks and visitor facilities in Tamborine National Park, to enhance visitors' safety and enjoyment of the park's natural features. Some tracks may be temporarily closed. QPWS apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Information on this web site and signs on site will provide current information on any track or area closures.
Things to do
>>Picnic and day use areas
>>Stay on track. Remain behind barriers at lookouts and waterfalls.
>>Supervise children. There are cliff edges in this area.
Looking after the park
Regulations are designed for your safety and to help you to care for your national parks. Please abide by them and you will ensure enjoyment of the natural environment every time you visit. Remember that all natural and cultural resources of the park are protected.
Take your rubbish away with you for appropriate disposal. Bins are not provided in the park.
Preferably bring a fuel stove. Light fires only in fireplaces provided. Use the firewood supplied or bring your own. Do not collect wood from the park.
Keep to the defined walking tracks. Short-cutting causes erosion, damages plants and can be dangerous on steep slopes.
Show consideration for other park users and keep noise to a minimum.
The Witches Falls section was declared on 28 March 1908, making it Queensland's first national park. Over the years additional reserves have been declared and today the park is made up of 13 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills.
A management plan for Tamborine National Park will be prepared in the future.
EPA Customer Service Centre
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PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
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Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service