One of our favourite pastimes is bushwalking. Taking a scenic hike through nature can be incredibly satisfying – our hard work is rewarded by the views, and at the end of the day we sleep so much better after the activity and fresh air.
Luckily for us, little man loves to hop in the child carrier (“back pack!” he says) and come along for the ride. On a recent camping trip we trialed two Mount Tamborine walks which are suitable for the whole family.
Cedar Creek Falls
The Cedar Creek section of Tamborine National Park offers a track with spectacular views the whole way. The walk ends at Cedar Creek falls and three scenic plunge pools, perfect for a swim and a picnic before heading back.
From the car park it is only a 900 metre walk. We left from our campground at Thunderbird Park and it was still a nice distance. It’s an easy graded walk, and there is a bit of a climb down the rocks to the water at the end if you would like a swim.
Little man travelled in comfort down to the rock pools where we enjoyed a break. During our mid-week visit we shared the pools with just one other family. We all took our shoes off and dipped our feet in the cold water while we enjoyed morning tea. It wasn’t long before little man noticed the other kids having fun swimming and demanded that we, too take a dip.
Being September, it was particularly refreshing but after our walk I really enjoyed the opportunity too cool down. Once we were finished we headed back to our camping ground for some lunch and an afternoon nap.
Cedar Creek Falls is suitable for all ages and free BBQ’s and toilets are located at the start of the trail near the car park.
The Curtis Falls track is another scenic, family friendly Mount Taborine walk – located in the Joalah Section of Tamborine National Park. Only 1.1 km long, with a few stairs and inclines, it’s a relatively easy walk for little legs.
Set amongst the stunning rainforest, the track itself offers plenty of beautiful views and ends at the Curtis Falls viewing platform. To protect the glow worms that call the rock pools home swimming is not allowed. The rainforest canopy offers plenty of shade and the scenery of the entire trail makes this walk worthwhile in itself.
Little man was quite enchanted by the huge, towering trees we passed on the way.
Although there is no swimming, Curtis Falls walk does offer refreshment in the form of cool beverages. After your walk you can stop in at the Pavilion Garden Bar (located right opposite the track entrance) for a drink in the lovely outdoor garden setting. The Mount Tamborine walk is also located just around the corner from Long Road “Gallery Walk” which includes many cafes and art, craft and gift stores, making it the perfect location for an afternoon out.