Curtis Falls | Mt Tambourine
31st March, 2015
Curtis Falls is definitely a must see waterfall. Not only because it’s so close to Brisbane and is easily accessed, but its beauty will have you gazing upon it in awe.
The drive will take approximately 1hr 10mins from Brisbane, depending on where you leave from. About 50 minutes to get down to the turn off, which is exit 57 Tambourine-Oxenford road. Then another 20 minutes driving towards Mt Tambourine, Curtis Falls.
When you pull up you just know it's going to be a nice walk surrounded by thick forestation, the sound of trickling water and wildlife loudly enjoying their day. This walk is definitely not difficult, totaling a whole 550m. I walked past what looked like an elderly tour group finishing when I set out. So if they can do it, there's really no excuse for you not to. You start off on a slight descent guided by a clear dirt path. About halfway you hit some stairs that wind down the hill. This is when you get the first glimpse of the stream flowing down from Curtis Falls.
Once you reach the waterfall, it's hard to believe that something so beautiful and serene is such a short walk away from civilization. One thick stream flows heavily over into a large water hole. It looks so nice to go for a swim in, unfortunately it's deemed as a no swim zone. However, there is a lovely viewing platform to the left, giving you full view to bask in the glory of the waterfall.
More photo's of Curtis Falls is here.
You are covered by tall ancient trees, vibrant green moss growing on everything, mixed with all the natural sounds, you instantly feel a sense of peacefulness. One thing I noticed was the abundance of palm trees amongst the forest. Also the way in which some of the huge trees have cracked and broken near the base, leaving the rest of the tree lying down the hill or over the path is magnificent. The rangers haven't just gotten rid of them, but incorporated them into the path. Letting you still gaze upon its size and shape that's formed over thousands of years.
When you've finished the walk there is the option to walk to the Curtis Falls cafe, which is not far either. Or you can drive one minute down the road to it. Staff are friendly and funny, and the large variety of food is delicious and hearty. Situated right next to the stream that cascades over rocks down to Curtis Falls.
Curtis Falls is one of many other walks andwaterfalls in the Mt Tambourine area. Keep posted as I update you as soon as I've completed more. Or if you want to make a weekend out of exploring, the walks and different waterfalls are all so close. So take a day or two to explore the luscious rain forest area.