Mount Tamborine National Park
Mount Tamborine National Park is located in the south of Queensland, just 80 kilometers south of the states capital Brisbane.
The National Park consists of 13 different sections, each section offers a different experience.
The park is active in protecting the native flora which grows so well within the National Park. Home to 65% of all flora species which live in the Gold Coast/ Southern Queensland region. These native species serve a great purpose in offering the native wildlife habitat which is protected and sheltered from residential and commercial development which is rapidly growing in Australia leaving many animals homeless. In fact 85% of all the fauna species found in this region call the National Park home. Offering a range of different habitats including rain forests, wet eucalyptus forests, tall flooded gums, open forests as well as woodland. It is an ideal place for increasing endangered species numbers and for rehabilitation and release programs.
With the ideal rain forest environment come many native creatures which would usually be found in the tropical north including the Albert's Lyrebird, Land Mullet, Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and the Noisy Pitta. Many of these creatures are very rare species.
Due to volcanic eruptions over 23 million years ago there are alot of the geological features found here. Rock formations you may find include Basalt columns, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and many cliffs.
There are many things to do whilst at the National Park. The Visitors Centre is open from 10am to 3pm daily, the friendly staff here can help you to plan your journey and inform you of the history behind this park. With many walk tracks available for those interested the Ceder Creek Falls Track is a favourite, as well as other tracks such as the Palm Grove Rain Forest Circuit, Curtis Falls, Sandy Creek Circuit, Witches Falls Circuit, Witches Chase Track and the Macdonald Rain Forest Circuit. All these tracks are located in different sections of the National Park.
With many picnic areas for day trippers. There is camping facilities available for those wishing to stay longer. For those not wanting to camp there are many other accommodation options available at Tamborine Mountain.
The park rangers offer guided tours over each different part of the National Park. Here they will inform you about the history of each area, about conservation and the native flora and fauna.
Visiting a National Park is a great experience, how ever for safety reasons one must remember not to bring any domestic animals within the parks ground and to stay on the walking tracks as you could endanger wildlife or yourself.