Curtis Falls Circuit is the quintessential and popular Mt Tamborine walk – a moderate grade circuit that passes through gorgeous lush rainforest of majestic eucalypts and towering palms to the piece de resistance – the splendid Curtis Falls, which are viewed from a platform overlooking a beautiful adjacent rock pool. While Curtis Falls are at their best after heavy rainfall or during the wet season, they run all year round.
Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning “haunt of the lyrebird”. The loud calls of the male Albert’s lyrebird can be heard during winter. The track starts from the Dapsang Drive carpark. It is also possible to start at the shops on Eagle Heights Road, adding an extra 800m return to the walk.
On this track you will walk through rainforest and descend steep stairs to a large pool at the base of Curtis Falls. There is an impressive view of the falls and surrounding columnar basalt rockface. Swimming is prohibited at the falls. A restricted access area below Curtis Falls protects an important glow-worm colony. The track continues from the falls, along a piccabeen palm-fringed creek to a giant strangler fig. Beyond this strangler fig, the lower Joalah track is closed for your safety due to rockfalls.
1.5km return. Moderate grade.
(Allow 30 minutes)