The Curtis Falls bushwalk track is an ideal beginners bushwalk, suitable even for very young families. At a little over half a kilometer from the carpark to the constantly running falls, there is a very small effort to reward cycle that young families and reluctant teenagers will appreciate. And it’s beautiful! Stunning! Glorious!
Location: 14-18 Dapsang Drive, Eagle Heights, QLD 4271
Walking Distance: 1.5km return
Elevation: 101 stairs
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate – due to the 101 stairs
Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required
Opening Times: Only closed occasionally for maintenance
Facilities: Toilets, car park, map, nearby cafe, nearby accommodation
What to take: Camera, insect repellent
This walk is a very immersive experience. From the start I was struck by the feeling of being enveloped by the forest (in a good, not suffocating way). I was awed by the sheer size of some of the trees – height and girth. Some trees took 4 people holding hands to circle them. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore and lots of roots and trunks to climb over for the more curious and adventurous little bushwalkers.
The first half of the walk follows a well maintained, gently sloped, zig zaging track, that leads to a viewing platform of the forest. From here the stairs start, leading down to the forest floor. The final 100m of the track runs parallel to the flowing creek (great spot for rock hopping), and ends at the base of Curtis Falls. The falls flow year round and are especially fabulous after rain.
Curtis Falls is popular with tourists and public holidays can be busy. We went Easter Saturday one year and while there was a constant stream of people there was still room and time to view the falls at our leisure. You know it’s an easy walk when you pass people walking in thongs! The only reason this bushwalk received a moderate rating was due to the 101 stairs. Beware of ticks and leeches – I’ve had both at Tamborine Mountain.
Tamborine Mountain is beautiful at any time of the year. It is a welcome reprieve in the middle of a Queensland summer, and a chilly experience in winter. Whatever time you visit make sure you bring a camera!