Explore the rain forest canopies from the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, and then descend to the forest floor and enjoy one or two further walks in any of the six sections of Tamborine National Park – or further afield in the Lamington National Park (Binna Burra, O’Reilly’s or Natural Arch). Tailor your tour. Call or email to discuss your preferences. Full day tour from $160 per person, minimum two people. Private tours from $800 for the full day from 9am for up to 6 people. Sensible walking shoes are a must as some of the tracks may be muddy. The Scenic Rim is an area of outstanding beauty, with a number of World Heritage Listed areas. While all our walks are guided it is important to stay on the tracks and follow the Phantom Code!
MOUNT TAMBORINE RANFORESTS DAY OUT
Our Tamborine day starts with an exciting Eco-Adventure. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a unique opportunity to view the rainforest from the Treetops. The 1.5km interpretive walk takes you through the upper rainforest canopy to a cantilever bridge suspended 30 metres above the cool waters of Cedar Creek and the forest floor. Allow 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll. Following this informative introduction to the rainforest we have a choice of two/three different walks that we recommend from
the following walks available – depending on available time.
Sandy Creek Circuit (The Knoll section) 3.1km return, class 4 Allow 1 hour. A pleasant walk with lots of variety of lush rainforest, towering trees, some open eucalypt sections and amazing views across the Albert River Valley to Flinders Peak and Southern Brisbane. Caution is required as parts of this track are close to cliff edges.
Curtis Falls Track (Joalah section) 1.1km Class 3 Allow 30 mins. An enchanting walk through tall gum trees and into the lush rainforest. Enjoy the cool air as we descend to the rock pools below Curtis Falls. The pools are home to fish, turtles, eels and at least one platypus. It is also a natural environment for a growing colony of Glow worms. Joalah means “Haunt of the Lyre Bird” and the calls of the male can still be heard during the winter months.
Lower Creek Circuit (Joalah section) 2.4 km, class 4 Allow at least 1 hour. This track branches off the Curtis Falls Track, crossing Cedar Creek via a concrete bridge., passing the remnants of a hut (spot the concrete slab and rock retaining wall) and finally steps down to the creek. A second concrete bridge crosses the creek again for a return up the creek or continue on the left bank to a boulder crossing for the more adventurous. The track turns right for the return to Curtis Falls. There are a number of accessible rock pools- again for the adventurous walkers. Enjoy the ambience and grandeur of the rainforest. Keep your eyes open to detect flood levels and wonder at the power of the water on these occasions. Did you see any elusive Blue Freshwater Crayfish?
MacDonald rainforest circuit (MacDonald section) 1.4km, class2 Allow 30 mins. A short, easy walk through groves of beautiful piccabeen palms and tall trees draped with vines and ferns. Spot the two impressive strangler figs and the four timber log creek crossings.
Palm Grove Circuit (Palm Grove section) 2.5km, class3. Allow 1 hour. Often underrated, this walk passes through huge trees (strangler figs, yellow carabeen’s and ghost gums) with fascinating buttressing. See if you can spot the fungi along the way!
Jenyns Circuit (Palm Grove section) 4.5km, class 4. Allow11/2 hrs. This track turns off the Palm Grove Circuit and adds another 2km to the walk. Total distance 4.5km. Class 4, allow up to 2 hours. This section boasts breathtaking views over the countryside (is that the Gold Coast?), as it passes out of the rainforest into the drier eucalypt forest. Hoop pines, grey gums, brush box and the ancient cycads are all to be found along this walk. Be careful of the exposed sections of the track – beware of cliff edges!
At some point we will stop and enjoy a “Tastes of Tamborine” picnic lunch.
Binna Burra Day Out
Our day begins with an exciting Eco-Adventure. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a unique opportunity to view the rainforest from the Treetops. The 1.5km interpretive walk takes you through the upper rainforest canopy to a cantilever bridge suspended 30 metres above the cool waters of Cedar Creek and the forest floor. Allow 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll. We resume our journey in this magical part of the world driving up into the MacPherson Ranges that form the border between Queensland and New South Wales. This is rich volcanic country formed by the outflows from Mt
Warning. We climb to an altitude where we enter the rainforest for which this area is world-famous; you will note a drop in temperature as the canopy closes in above. En route we break the journey to enjoy a “Tastes of Tamborine” picnic lunch with a magical vista over the Numinbah Valley to Springbrook and through into NSW. Once at the top there is a choice of walks. You can visit an ancient landscape thousands of years in the making, a timeworn stand of Antarctic Beech Forest, a 5km class 3 walk taking approximately 11/2 hrs. We follow the Border Track to the Canungra Seat junction where we branch off and continue to the stand of Antarctic Beech. The ecology here is very different to the rainforest and it is certainly worth taking time to sit and experience the atmosphere in this ancient environment. Alternatively, maybe enjoy a short stroll on the Rainforest circuit, 1.2 km, approximately 30 minutes. This brief introduction to the rainforest is the beginning of the Border Track; the circuit turns off after 500metres to return to the carpark. Or take the Bellbird Lookout, 2 km class 4 walk taking 1-2 hours depending on photography and viewing stops. This track gently descends through rainforest and then open forest to the lookout. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of Egg Rock, Numinbah Valley, Ship’s Stern and in the distance Advancetown Lake and the high rises of the Gold Coast beyond. Relax and enjoy the homeward journey which will depend on where we need to get you back to, all amazing choices. Return refreshed and invigorated.
O’Reillys Day Out
Kick start the day with an exciting Eco-Adventure. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a unique opportunity to view the rainforest from the Treetops. The 1.5km interpretive walk takes you through the upper rainforest canopy to a cantilever bridge suspended 30 metres above the cool waters of Cedar Creek and the forest floor. Allow 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll. Now relax as we travel through the hinterland valleys and then climb up into the MacPherson Ranges that form the border between Queensland and New South Wales and enter the renowned, lush rainforest of Green Mountains,
Lamington National Park. En route we break the journey to enjoy a “Tastes of Tamborine” picnic lunch while taking in a stunning panoramic view from the Main Range in the West, Mt Tamborine to the North and Springbrook to the East with the Kerry and Illinbah Valleys below.
On arrival at O’Reilly’s, the choice is yours. Select from either of the following walks:
Python Rock walk, 3.1km return, class 3 track allow at least 1 hour. This is a sealed track with a gentle gradient with a variety of labelled trees along the path, Watch out for the New England Blackbutt on first entering the open forest. The spectacular view from Python Rock looks out over Castle Crag to The Lost World, Mount Throakban and Moran’s Falls.
The Moran’s Falls walk is a 4.4km return, class 4 track, allow 2 hours. Passes through sub-tropical rainforest of Booyongs, figs and brush box. The top of the waterfall was home for the O’Reilly brothers when they first arrived on the Mountain.
Time permitting, guests can take the short Rainforest Walk including the Treetop walk (1.4km return, Class 2, allow 30 mins) before returning home.
For the more energetic, or for private tours, either the Elabana Falls walk or the Box Forest Circuit are possibilities.
Elabana Falls walk, 7.6kms class 4, approx. 3-4 hours. descends through a stand of Antarctic Beech and the largest Brush Box trees in the National Park. The falls are beautiful, nestled amongst moss covered rocks and lush rainforest. Dip if you dare?
The Box Forest Circuit, 10.9km class 4, approx. 4 hours. This track winds down, as its name suggests, through stands of Brush box and also Piccabeen Palms to Canungra Creek. Here, enjoy the cool of the lush sub-tropical rainforest, looking for the Pepper Vines that support magnificent tree gardens. Looking up is not as easy as looking down as you need to watch your steps!
At the end of the day sit back in the comfort of the Discovery and enjoy your return journey home with panoramic views at every turn on the way down the Mountain via Canungra. Store those mental photographs for your private viewing.
Natural Bridge Day Out
The day starts with an exciting Eco-Adventure. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a unique opportunity to view the rainforest from the Treetops. The 1.5km interpretive walk takes you through the upper rainforest canopy to a cantilever bridge suspended 30 metres above the cool waters of Cedar Creek and the forest floor. Allow 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll. From your accommodation we travel south towards the NSW border before turning up into the foothills and valleys below the
MacPherson Ranges that form the border between Queensland and New South Wales. Here we leave the city behind and relax as we climb up to Advancetown Lake formed by the Hinze Dam. The Border Ranges form a spectacular backdrop to the Lake. We continue our journey along the lake shore, meandering through the picturesque Numinbah Valley with amazing mountain scenery and tiny settlements. En route we break the journey to enjoy a “Tastes of Tamborine” picnic lunch. Then finally to Natural Bridge with a chance to stretch our legs on the energising walk through lush rainforest to the Natural Arch. The formed path is an easy downhill grade to the cool cavern of the Natural Arch, home to Glow worms and a roost for Bent-wing Bats. Take a moment to be refreshed by the grandeur and serenity of the surrounds. Spot the log in the creek and admire the power of a flood. The circuit continues back to the carpark with further viewing points along the way of the waterfall and rockpools. Our return drive can be to retrace our route, or for an extended tour return via NSW and the Currumbin Valley with impressive views of Mt Warning. A revitalising day out!
Enjoy a visit to any combination of up to five venues. Select from the award-winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery, several wineries and cellar doors on the Mountain or surrounds, the craft breweries and Witches Chase Cheese Factory. Full day tour is $160 per person, minimum two people. Private tour is $800 for the full day from 9am for up to 6 people. Half day tours of three venues (lunch included) $140 per person, minimum two people. Private half-day $550 for up to 6 people.
Tamborine Wine, Spirit, Cheese and Beer Trail
Visit a selection of the wineries on Mount Tamborine, as well as the Witches Chase Cheese Company & Fortitude Brewery and the award-winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Hinterland Wine Trail
Visit a selection of wineries around the base of and on Mount Tamborine.
These tours are alternatives for people wishing to do something slightly different. The prices for the day will depend on what is chosen.
Maybe a little bit of each? Mix it up, some walking and tasting or sightseeing and walking or sightseeing and tasting? Let us know what you would like included in your day and we will Tailor it your way. Call or email to discuss the options and plan your perfect day out.
Relax for the day and soak up some of the beautiful scenery that South-East Queensland has to offer, visiting surprise panoramas, learning some of the history of the region and enjoying a Tastes of Tamborine picnic lunch along the way. Price is $170 per person, minimum two people. Private tour is $850 for the full day for up to 6 people. Cameras are a must!!!
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