Curtis Falls Track is located within Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section. The park protects remnants of Tamborine Mountain's plant communities and includes areas of rainforest with distinctive piccabeen palm groves, wet eucalypt forest dominated by tall flooded gums, open forest with bracken fern understorey and woodland. These plant communities provide essential wildlife habitat in a landscape almost entirely surrounded by urban and rural development. Basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops and waterfalls are a lasting legacy of volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago.
Joalah is located at the headwaters of Cedar Creek and is accessible from both Eagle Heights Road and Dapsang Drive car park. Near the start of the 1.1 kilometre Curtis Falls track, are two large picnic areas surrounded by tall eucalypt forest. This enchanting walk begins in wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums. Notice a drop in temperature as the wet eucalypt forest merges into lush rainforest. Beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns can be seen in the canopy above. View Cedar Creek tumble over Curtis Falls into the rock pool below. The rock pool and surrounding basalt rock face provide important glow-worm habitat. Allow 30 minutes to complete this walk of a moderate grade.
Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.
The first view of the falls will take your breath away. Depending on the season, a raging torrent or gentle curtain of water tumbles over huge basalt columns to the pool below. The columns are the legacy of the region's rich volcanic history.
Look for basking turtles on fallen logs and see fish and eels in the rock pool. At night, look for glow-worms in the surrounding cliffs.
To protect you and the glow-worms, access to the rock pool and surrounding area is prohibited—make sure you follow the information on the sign.
This walk is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The map only shows an indicative start point; the track route and end point are not shown, and the map cannot be used for navigation purposes. See www.npsr.qld.gov.au for detailed maps and the latest park information. When you are in the park, read the signs at and near the start of the track.