Easy Option: TAMBORINE TRAILS

BOOKINGS FOR THIS HIKE WILL OPEN ON JUNE 21

For our easy option this month, I thought you might enjoy a couple of easy walks up at Mt Tamborine followed by lunch at a local winery. There are some nice bushwalks up on the mountain but they are fairly short - which is why I've combined two of them - but, if all goes to plan, it should be a lovely social day. You'll need to drive from one walk to the next so there'll be a bit of a car shuffle but I'm sure you'll work it out.

ORGANIZER NEEDED:
Rozanne Wallace - Ph:[masked]

RSVPs: Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the night before and text the Organiser on the day if you find you can't make it at the last minute.

THE WALKS:

1. Palm Grove & Jenyns Circuits — 4.5km circuit; Grade - easy
Meet at the carpark in Palm Grove Road, Eagle Heights The first section passes through piccabeen palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs and distinctively-buttressed yellow carabeens. From the Palm Grove Circuit you can then get onto the Jenyns Circuit which leads out into drier eucalyptus forest. Here hoop pines, brush box and grey gums abound and you will visit a grove of ancient cycads. I'll just mention that the last time we were up here a couple of years ago, the Jenyns Circuit was closed but I can't find any references on the National Park website that indicates that this is still the case so I'm guessing it should be fine.

2. Witches Falls circuit — 3.1km return; Grade - easy
Drive to Witches Falls National Park carpark on Main Western Road Witches Falls circuit starts just beyond the commemorative shelter. The track zigzags down the mountain side through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs. This circuit passes seasonal lagoons surrounded by piccabeen palm groves before reaching Witches Falls. After heavy rain the lagoons fill with water and spring to life with a variety of insect and frog species. The waterfall only flows after recent rain and is best viewed from the lookout platform, accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit. There is an additional track - Witches Chase - that adds another 3km to this walk (1.5km out and back on the same track) but, from memory, it's not particularly interesting so, if I were you, I'd just do Witches Falls and head off for a nice lunch!

DIRECTIONS: Depending on where you're coming from, it's probably easiest to get up to Mt Tamborine via Oxenford (follow the Pacific Motorway north and take the Mt Tamborine turn-off at Oxenford). At the top, you'll come to a round-about with a big tree in the middle where you would normally turn right to go along Gallery Walk (Eagle Heights Road). Go straight ahead at this roundabout into Palm Grove Road. [url=http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?source=s_d&saddr=Palm+Grove+Ave,+Mt+Tamborine+QLD+4272&daddr=-27.937394,153.179541&geocode=FVThVf4drsEhCSm_0J7p_BeRazGqIU9JRfCKXg%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&am... here[/url] for a link to a Google Map that shows the starting point for the two walks.

WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water and snacks, good walking shoes (you won't need hiking boots), hat and sunscreen. Members are asked to bring a first aid kit on all hikes.

AFTERWARDS: I'd suggest the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery in Hartley Road - just around the corner from Witches Falls National Park

COST: We'll pass around the hat again for a $1 contribution to cover our registration on the Meetup website which is around $190 per year. Any additional funds will be donated to the Springbrook SES.

PERSONAL RESPONSILIBITY PHILOSOPHY: The Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or official club - it's really just a group of people walking together. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required. I always try to include the description from the NPWS websites but basically, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are hale and hearty enough to undertake the walk. We like to call this our 'PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY' philosophy!

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  • Robyn

    I love tamborine mountain.....love the drive and walks......i have taken my pushy up there for rides along the pathways........great fun!

    September 28, 2013

  • Rozanne

    Great photo's David

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Rozanne! I love walking slow and photographing nature.

      July 8, 2013

  • Lucy

    I promised (sort of!!) beauty and serenity at the secret garden cafe and I think we got it.

    July 6, 2013

    • Rozanne

      Good choice for lunch venue Lucy :-)

      July 7, 2013

    • Lucy

      All the credit goes to you Rozanne because you decided where to go for lunch. I merely passed on the message.

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone, they were two lovely hikes. Thanks for the company and enjoyable day.

    I have posted some photos and if anyone does not want their picture displayed, please contact me by private email and I will either edit or delete it.
    cheers, Em .

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Rozanne

      Thanks Em for some great photo's, there's one or two that should be deleted....

      1 · July 7, 2013

    • Angela

      Great photos you shot Em, thanks, I enjoyed them.

      July 7, 2013

  • Rozanne

    Another fun walk, with great company and perfect weather thanks all:-)

    July 7, 2013

  • David W.

    Nice photo's Em.

    July 6, 2013

  • Angela

    Ohhh, venue's been changed??

    July 5, 2013

    • Judy f.

      Sorry I am lost -and no idea where I am going, so on my way home, had a great time. Thx Judy

      July 6, 2013

    • Rosemary

      Sorry you got lost Judy. We should carpool next time. Look forward to seeing you in the future.

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone leave a camera at the entrance? The camera is in a blue case with a black strap?

    July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      not mine...

      July 6, 2013

  • Jann

    Gorgeous day. These are two such easy walks through rain-forest and the piccabeen palms. Good company as always and the lunch venue good (except for the server).Thanks Rosanne :)

    July 6, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Another enjoyable day with the group.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • David W.

    Pleasant walk with some very nice people.

    July 6, 2013

  • Mike

    Sorry all , see you next time

    July 6, 2013

  • Mike

    Sorry all , see you next time

    July 6, 2013

  • Pete T

    Will now be held up too long for group to wait for me. Will still walk it and see you at winery.

    July 5, 2013

    • Pete T

      Thanks for considering me. I'm sure O

      July 5, 2013

    • Pete T

      I'm sure I'll catch up with with you all.

      July 5, 2013

  • Fiona

    can't make it.

    July 5, 2013

  • richard h.

    ANYONE FROM or NEAR ELANORA WITH SPARE ROOM IN CAR???

    July 5, 2013

  • Lucy

    Just giving you the heads up we will probably be going to the Secret
    Garden Gallery Cafe, 69 Main Western Road, North Tamborine and not the winery. Why? ... you say, because of it's beauty and the serenity. Let's hope we get that tomorrow hahaha!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • jacquie s.

    Hey.. when you click on that Map it takes you to a map of AMERICA!!! lol...

    July 5, 2013

    • Rozanne

      I've had no problems with the map - just hope I don't get lost tomorrow.....

      July 5, 2013

    • Lucy

      That's not possible Rozanne I'll be there! Map works if you type in the area you are looking for.

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My +1 can no longer attend, Dr's orders. Hope you can come Trish.

    July 5, 2013

  • Jennie C

    Pete I can collect you on way from NSW border. Have two other seats avail if anyone interested

    July 2, 2013

    • Fiona H

      Hi Jennie, I'm interested in car pooling. Live at Banora Point. Where would be a good place to meet you?

      July 4, 2013

    • Jennie C

      No worries Fiona send your details to my profile and I will pick you up from your place at approx 8.30am

      July 5, 2013

  • Maureen G.

    Hope someone is able to fill this spot

    July 4, 2013

  • Gabriella

    Meetup did email with spot available Maybe it was taken before I saw the email and replied by email to them as there was no yes to click on like last time.

    July 2, 2013

  • Trish R.

    Still cannot change my wait list to a yes - please help!!

    June 28, 2013

    • Lucy

      Trish you can only rsvp if there is a spot available. Karen limits the number of attendees. All the spots have been taken since my last message. You have to be quick and it requires checking the website regularly for a cancellation. We don't get notification of a spot becoming available.

      June 28, 2013

    • Pete T

      Thanks again Lucy for RMG. BTW anyone got any carpooling seats available departing between mid to south end of coast?

      July 2, 2013

  • Lucy

    It appears Karen has opened up more spots so those people on the waiting list can rsvp.

    June 27, 2013

  • Trish R.

    I was on the waiting list for this and was advised that an opening had come up - I'd like to RSVP to say I'm coming but it wont let me.. Karen can you let me know if I'm in or not. Thanks :)

    June 27, 2013

  • Margo K.

    Can't make this one see you soon

    June 26, 2013

  • jacquie s.

    I was up at Mt Tamborine on Sunday for the Free Blues concert. I am looking forward to this walk

    May 27, 2013

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