Tamborine Mountain is home of the famous “Witches Falls” section of the Tamborine National Park – Queensland’s first national park declared in 1908.
Over the following years additional reserves have been declared. All of these nowadays add up to 14 different reserve sections located all over the Tamborine Mountain plateau and immediate surrounding foothills.
A large number of beautiful rainforest bushwalks and walking tracks can be explored. Most tracks are under 3 kms long and are well established and easy to follow, and take about 1 hour return.
The park protects remnants of Tamborine Mountain’s flora. It includes rainforest areas with tall piccabeen palm groves, wet eucalypt forest with tall flooded gum trees and open forest with bracken fern undergrowth and woodland. These pockets of rainforest provide the much-needed habitat for local wildlife in a landscape that is almost entirely surrounded by rural and urban development.
Tamborine Mountain is home to around 85 percent of all animal species and 65 percent of all plant species found in the Gold Coast City area.
Visitors to Tamborine Mountain often see common animals in the national park include Australian bush turkeys, wallabies, scrub wrens, pademelons and the land mullet – one of the world’s largest skinks.
The Richmond birdwing butterfly seasonally migrates to the park and the noisy pitta (one of the rainforest’s most colourful birds) also comes from nearby higher altitude rainforests during some times of the year.
The near threatened Albert’s lyrebird’s mimicking calls of other birds can be heard, especially during the winter months.
A volcanic eruption about 23 million years ago left a lasting legacy of basalt columns and cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls and interesting rock formations. Tamborine is the most northerly part of the lava flows from a volcano centered on Mount Warning (“Wollumbin”).