Cameron Falls

Tamborine National Park, Queensland, Australia

About Cameron Falls


Hiking Distance: 2.6km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2008-05-11
Date last visited: 2008-05-11

Waterfall Latitude: -27.9144
Waterfall Longitude: 153.17521

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Cameron Falls was a light-flowing waterfall that didn’t seem to have a whole lot of life left in it during our visit to Tamborine Mountain (in the Gold Coast Hinterland) in May 2008.

Our visit happened to be on Mother’s Day so the place seemed busier than what we had expected.

Cameron_Falls_013_05102008 - Cameron Falls
Cameron Falls

A large group of senior citizens shared the experience with us bright and early.

However, after experiencing Cameron Falls, they wound up going further on the walking tracks here while Julie and I only took in the falls.

In fact, we learned after the fact that this waterfall experience offered more in the way of panoramas than the waterfall itself.

Indeed, we experienced such panoramas both near the start of the hike as well as the very end by the waterfall.

Hiking to Cameron Falls

We began by embarking on a 1.3km walking track that immediately started off with an attractive panorama opening up before us between trees.

Cameron_Falls_007_05102008 - The panorama as seen near the start of the walking track leading down to Cameron Falls
The panorama as seen near the start of the walking track leading down to Cameron Falls

The view looked towards the low lands to the east in the direction of the southernmost suburbs of Brisbane as well as the northernmost suburbs of the Gold Coast.

We then followed a well-signed and fairly well-developed walking track under the shade of plenty of forest cover.

The track eventually took us to the top of Cameron Falls (crossing a bridge over Sandy Creek).

Shortly thereafter, we ended up at a lookout showing us the view of the falls you see at the top of this page.

We also got an uninterrupted panorama further downstream from the falls.

Cameron_Falls_016_05102008 - This was the open panorama from the end of the Cameron Falls Track near the top of Cameron Falls itself
This was the open panorama from the end of the Cameron Falls Track near the top of Cameron Falls itself

Overall, we spent a little over an hour to complete this hike, including all the picture-taking and the relaxing at the panoramic views.

Incidentally, Tamborine National Park (at least the Witches Falls section of the park) was Queensland’s first national park, which was gazetted in 1908.

This was to protect what was left of the rainforest and its native species, including some forms of timber which were amongst the resources sought after by early settlers for logging.

Authorities

Cameron Falls resides in the Tamborine National Park. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Cameron_Falls_010_05102008 - Sign indicating what we were signing up for in order to reach Cameron Falls
Cameron_Falls_011_05102008 - Julie walking through the forest en route to Cameron Falls
Cameron_Falls_020_05102008 - Looking over Sandy Creek where it spilled over the top of Cameron Falls
Cameron_Falls_003_jx_05102008 - Looking right at Cameron Falls while it was still in the morning shadow

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From the Gold Coast, take the M1 (Pacific Motorway) north to the Oxenford-Southport Rd exit.

Then, turn left onto the Old Pacific Hwy (Hwy 95) which then would become Tamborine-Oxenford Rd.

Follow the Route 95 for a little over 22km to Geissmann Dr on the left (at this point, Route 95 would be on Eagle Heights Rd).

Next, follow Geissmann Dr for just under a kilometre, then turn right onto Main St.

Then, follow Main St, which will eventually become Knoll Rd, and follow this road to the turnoff for Cameron Falls on the left in about 1.7km.

Overall, this drive was around 43km taking us about an hour from Surfers Paradise, which was a resorty area by the beach within the Gold Coast.

As for more geographical context, Gold Coast was 78km (about an hour drive) south of Brisbane and 94km (over an hour drive) north of Byron Bay.

Sweep starting from the falls and ending at the panorama downstream

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