Often described as "the green behind the Gold". An area of dense forest, villages and mountain terrain and cooler climate.
This 600km plateau is at the northern end of the McPherson range made up of small national parks and the communities of Mt Tamborine, North Tamborine and Eagle Heights. Tamborine Mountain is reached from the Pacific Highway at Oxenford or Nerang.
The Tamborine Mountain National Park has some easy pleasant walks, lookouts and picnic spots. Cedar Creek Falls via Cedar Creek Road has lookout views of waterfalls, cascades and rock pools. Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit with it's Piccabeen palm groves and emergent strangler figs is accessed via Palm Grove Avenue. Curtis Falls is known for the loud calls of the male Albert's lyrebird in winter with entry fromDapsang Drive car park. Sandy Creek Circuit has scenic views and the walk starts from Main Street, North Tamborine and Knoll Road . Witches Falls Circuit track zigzags down the mountainside through open forest and starts at the picnic area on Main Western Road. Learn more about Mount Tamborine National Park...
The Springbrook Plateau is south of Tamborine Mountain and and a 900 metre forested high plateau. The village of Springbrook is on the edge of the plateau and a number of waterfalls make for scenic views with lot's of lookouts along the road.
Most of the area is part of the Springbrook National Park. The Natural Bridge section of the park is a popular place to visit and 32km from Nerang, The short, but steep walk results in a rock arch that spans a water formed cave with lot's of glow-worms. A waterfall goes into a small water hole. Learn more about Springbrook National Park.