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Curtis Falls & Lower Creek Circuit

Scenic Rim

Tamborine National Park


Distance (kms):

2.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1.5 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

95 m

Max. elevation (m):

591 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A popular walk that offers much more than just the falls, with cascades and beautiful rainforest aplenty.

This heavily trafficked, well-marked trail in the Joalah Section of Tamborine National Park starts at the car park off of Dapsang Drive in Eagle Heights.

The walk meanders into the forest to a constructed viewing platform in front of the falls.

While Curtis Falls is undoubtedly the highlight of this walk and are just a 1.1 km return walk from the car park, the Lower Creek Circuit is delightful and is only an additional 1.3 kms.

The Lower Creek Circuit branches directly off the Curtis Falls track at a well-signed junction, however it is advised to visit Curtis Falls first (and potentially even revisit it after completing the Lower Creek Circuit).

The circuit winds down and across Cedar Creek, passing cascades and rock pools, through lush beautiful rainforest. The creek crossings are relatively straightforward, however care should be taken, especially after rain.

While some traffic noise can be heard given the proximity of the circuit to the road, it does little to take away from the accessible beauty of the walk.

Track: Graded and well-signed, with steps and railings at times. The track is easy to follow. The descent and ascent into and out of the forest is very gradual.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be taken at creek crossings as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.

Direction: The Curtis Falls track is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came. The Lower Creek Circuit contains a loop, which can be completed in either direction, however anti-clockwise is recommended.

getting there

The trail starts from the car park area off of Dapsang Drive in Eagle Heights, 1 hour drive south of Brisbane.

Parking is ample, however the walk can be very busy, especially on weekends, so it can fill up.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

An early start on a weekend or a weekday visit is advised.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures, especially given the creek crossings as part of the Lower Creek Circuit.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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