Hiking Witches Falls Circuit | Tamborine National Park
I recently stayed at the Manor Motel in Eagle Heights at the top of Tamborine Mountain.The Witches Falls Circuit is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from the Motel so I headed down for an afternoon hike through the national park to catch the sunset from the lookout next to the waterfall.
According to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, this section of the Tamborine National 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 14 sections of land on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills.
Tamborine is the most northerly remnant of the flows from a volcano centred on Mount Warning (Wollumbin) and is home to 85% of all animal species and 65 percent of all plant species found in the City of Gold Coast area. The Circuit begins from the car park and picnic area along Main Western Road, and decends quickly into Wet Eucalypt forest that soon becomes thick rainforest scattered with Piccabeen Palm Groves. Witches Falls lookout offers views of the waterfall down into the Piccabean Palm canopy below and out to the Scenic Rim in the distance.
Max elevation is approx. 564m and there is 104m of elevation gain on this Circuit. If you are doing this walk in the afternoon and wish to see the sunset from the lookout, ensure that you bring plenty of lighting as the forest can get dark very quickly.
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