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The Knoll Section – Tambourine NP

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

View over Canungra Valley with Wedged Tailed Eagle

Recently we had a most pleasant day walking in The Knoll section of Mt Tambourine National Park. It is always wonderful to be immersed in a forest but this forest had something more. The drive up was through pastures and forests resplendently green after recent rain, the Knoll forest was also very moist and it contained huge ancient eucalypts. The walk is via an access track then a circuit along the banks of Sandy Creek (both sides) to a waterfall and lookout over the Canungra Valley. The Panorama photo from this lookout captured a soaring Wedged Tailed Eagle and the valley looks very green from recent rains.

PARK FEATURES

There are many national parks sections on Mount Tambourine, most with a strong palm component in conjunction with other elements typical of subtropical rainforests, but the dominant feature varies between them making each well worth a visit.  A special feature of the Knoll National Park is the large eucalypts (smooth barked Sydney Blue Gums and Flooded gums, and rough barked Tallowoods), Sandy Creek, Cameron Falls and views over the Canungra Valley.

GETTING THERE

Travel south on the Beaudesert Highway, over Maclean’s Bridge and turn left onto Cable Camp Road which ends at a T intersection with Waterford Tambourine Road. Turn right to follow this road to Tambourine village. Proceed straight ahead through the roundabout to Tambourine Mountain Road past the Bearded Dragon Hotel and follow it up the mountain. At Curtis Falls on top of the range continue straight ahead to North Tambourine where the road divides right and left at public toilets and the Information Centre (on left). Take the right hand fork into Main Road.  The road is divided through Tambourine Village by a bank of trees some of which are large, smooth-barked Sydney Blue Gums. Just after the Village the road narrows into two lanes becoming the Knoll Road becoming slightly narrower and closely lined with large magnificent eucalypts. The road forks just after a sign indicating a narrowing of the road to one lane.  At this Y junction take the upper road to The Knoll Day use Area (the lower road goes to the tip).

The excellent day use area has parking, picnic tables, a barbeque, toilets and a terrific lookout over the Canungra Valley. It has many magnificent trees including smooth-barked Sydney Blue Gums.  Parking spaces are limited.

ROAD CONDITIONS

The whole trip is on sealed roads.  The drive up Tambourine is narrow and winding but two-lane with easy passing of oncoming vehicles with care. The Knoll Road after the North Tambourine Village becomes very narrow and requires caution. Passing oncoming vehicles is easy provided you reduce your speed.

OUT AND ABOUT

An access track of 900 metres with a gradual change from eucalypt to rainforest leads to a 2.6 k circuit along the banks of Sandy Creek. The circuit is mostly though subtropical rainforest with a short section midway at Cameron Falls where the forest opens again to eucalypt forest. We took the right hand fork of the circuit.

Track Shots

Rainforest Elements

Look for the defining elements of subtropical rainforests: strangler figs, plant buttresses, palms, woody vines, large vascular epiphytes (orchids and ferns) and non-vascular epiphytes (mosses and lichens). There are also some nice examples of Walking Stick Palms.

Other Views

Just before the approach to Cameron Falls the forest canopy becomes more open and large, eucalypts occur.  A small side-track leads to a lookout with a view of the Cameron Falls.

The return track crosses Sandy Creek over a small cement bridge and follows the Creek for about back to the access track. This part of the walk provides a surprisingly different view of Sandy Creek to keep the interest up. The area just before the track ascends steeply to meet the access track is like a small amphitheatre where it pays to pause and look around – there are some very large strangler figs with large woody vines. Search the upper branches for epiphytes.

COFFEE AND CAKE

Spice of Life Cafe

Spice of Life Cafe

We indulged ourselves at the Spice of Life cafe, 28 Main Street North Tambourine (on the way to the Knoll National Park section).  Coffee and their “Death by Chocolate” cake put a wonderful end to the day’s activities. This cafe is now a must anytime we are on Tambourine Mountain.

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