Put your walking shoes on and explore what nature has to offer. There are several National Parks and walks within easy reach of Kidd Street Cottages.
Sandy Creek Circuit, The Knoll Section
2.6 km circuit (allow 1 hour) easy grade. Scenic views, rainforest with tall trees emerging above the surrounding canopy, piccabeen groves, transition forest with large flooded gums and open forest feature on this walk. Please remain on the designated track as there are steep cliff edges. Supervise children carefully. There is a branch track to Cameron Falls lookout.
Access to the start of this walk is via Main Street North Tamborine and Knoll Road. There is a parking area, also a picnic area with toilet facilities near the start of the walk.
Witches Falls Circuit
3.1 km return (allow 1 hour) moderate grade. This track zigzags down the steep mountainside through open forest with banksia trees and into rainforest with huge strangler figs. You will pass seasonal lagoons surrounded by piccabeen palm groves and rainforest before you reach Witches Falls. After heavy rain the lagoons fill with water and come to life with many species of insects and frogs. The falls only flow after recent rain and can be viewed via a 200 m detour from the circuit to a lookout platform.
The Witches Falls Circuit starts from the picnic care on Main Western Road. The grassy areas have electric barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.
Curtis Falls, Joalah Section
1.5 km (allow 30 minutes) moderate grade. Jonah is an Aboriginal word meaning “haunt of the lyrebird”. The loud calls of the male Albert’s lyrebird can be heard during the 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 800 m return to the walk.
On this track you will walk through rainforest and descent set stairs to a large pool at the base of Curtis Falls. There is an impressive view of the falls and surrounding columnar baseless rock face. 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.
Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit
2.6 km circuit (allow 1 hour) easy grade. Piccabeen palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs and distinctively buttressed yellow carbabeens feature on this walk. Palm Grove Avenue is the main access point and carpark for this track.
Cedar Creek Falls Track
900 m return to lookout, 900 m return to the rock pools (allow 20-30 minutes) easy grade. Access to this visitor area is via Cedar Creek Road. The track to the lookout is suitable for strollers and assisted wheelchair access. The lookout offers view of waterfalls, cascades and rock pools. The section from the lookout to the rock pools is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. For your safety, access is not permitted to some of the rock pools and parts of the gorge, as indicated by signs on site. Near the start of the track are two picnic areas with tables and wheelchair accessible toilets, located in late, open, grassy areas surrounded by tall eucalyptus forest.