When we first got to Witches Falls we found that the circuit track was closed to flooding and only the Falls track was open. Before setting off (the entrance is from the picnic area) we spotted the biggest Lace Monitor (a type of lizard) that I have ever seen and he seemed happy just cruising the picnic area in search of food.
The walk to Witches Falls was not an easy one at all, apparently the circuit’s a lot easier and the walk from where the circuit path meets the path we took to the actual Falls lookout is one of the easier parts of the walk, so I would definitely try that one if I was to take anyone to Witches Falls in the future.
As you walk along the first part of the track you pass behind a cemetery which my daughter thought was pretty cool (she also loved the name Witches Falls as she’s very into witch stories at the moment!). You’re very high up on Tamborine Mountain and as you walk along you come across gaps in the trees and the views are breathtaking and if I’m honest a little scary as I’m used to most places having barriers set up and this track doesn’t – it’s one big drop! As you turn the corner and head downwards you’re shaded by the rainforest which is really good as the walk doesn’t need the heat of the sun added to it! It’s steep and uneven, if you’re taking children they definitely need to stay close to you at all times.
Now according to all the sources I looked at before our trip I had discovered that you only wanted to visit Witches Falls after it had been raining which should have told me it would be a muddy trip, but I wasn’t expecting what we came across halfway down. There were steps which had water flowing over them leading to two things happening. One was that I actually put my camera away as it was obvious I would need to be able to balance well, not be hampered by a camera in my hand (it didn’t come out until we got to the falls and then I put it away again). The second was my daughter’s reaction – is this the waterfall? No it wasn’t, but I could understand what she meant. Surprisingly the steps were probably the best ones on the walk so going down them wasn’t too bad it was only the water and mud that made you feel nervous. I put my hand on the rock that ran alongside to help my balance and it was really easy so looks can be deceptive.
When we got to the lookout both myself and my daughter were disappointed. The falls themselves did look beautiful, but you couldn’t really see them very well from where we were. There’s an extra part of the walk that you could take, but we met some people who had just come from there and they said they couldn’t see the waterfall at all, but it was a beautiful bush walk – we declined to take it.
Walking back up was hard work, but I did find it a little easier going up than going down (mind you I could just be strange like that!). We saw a lace monitor in the bushes as we were near the top scurrying away which would’ve been a much bigger deal if we hadn’t seen the large one in the picnic area.
What a great way to spend the day! Beautiful falls and fascinating creatures. I have to admit, seeing the Lace Monitor would probably freak me out at first, but my love for interesting animals would certainly win out and I would feed him too.
The lace monster does very much look like the Komod0 dragon. Thanks for sharing him with me, Louanne, as well as the gorgeous pictures of your waterfalls.
It looks so beautiful! I would like visit it someday.
What a beautiful part of the world! I nearly bought a block of land on Mt Tamborine back in 1981. It was a slopping block overlooking the GC which couldn't be built out. They wanted $10,000 for it and yes I'm still kicking myself! Very nice article, well done!
The photographs are amazing! You were very brave in dealing with the lace monster. I have a book on waterfalls in New England and my husband and I love taking day trips to them. It's very calming and beautiful to sit by them.