Take to the trees of Queensland, Australia, in a thrilling eco-walk. Set among 30 acres (12 hectares) of private rain forest next to Cedar Creek on Mt. Tamborine, the 0.9-mile (1.5-kilometer) Skywalk features forest-floor trails, high-tech elevated steel walkways, and a cantilever bridge 98 feet (30 meters) above the rain forest floor.
Visitors begin their adventure on an elevated walkway through the middle and upper canopies of the rain forest, then descend gradually to the lower canopy and the cantilever bridge, and finally return to the starting point along the rain forest floor. Highlights along the walk include small waterfalls, a butterfly lookout, rock pools, and spectacular views over the rain forest and creek. Comprehensive displays at the Eco Gallery describe the flora and fauna of the rain forest.
The Skywalk can be visited independently. Some visitors combine a visit to the Skywalk with a full-day tour of other attractions on Mt. Tamborine, such as a glowworm-cave tour or shopping for unique arts and crafts at Gallery Walk. Foodies and wine and beer lovers will want to try locally made cheese, chocolate, wine, and craft beers.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The walk should take less than an hour at a leisurely pace, including stopping at various points of interest.
- Visitors should wear comfortable flat-soled shoes.
- Facilities include a café, gift shop, restrooms, and parking.
- Only the first 984 feet (300 meters) of the walk is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located in the Gold Coast Hinterinutes from Brisbane airport. For those not visiting as part of a tour, from Brisbane, take the Beenleigh North exit (exit 34) on the M1 highway; from the Gold Coast, take the Oxenford exit (exit 57).land, the Skywalk is about 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 m
When to Get There
The Skywalk is open daily year-round. Visit during the summer (January to March) to see the rain forest at its most lush. Visit between October and March for the butterfly season.
Mt. Tamborine Hikes
For those that can’t get enough of the rain forest, there are a number of hikes to suit different fitness abilities. Try the easy hikes to Curtis Falls, Cedar Falls Lookout, or the MacDonald Circuit. Those who are moderately fit should set their sights on Witches Chase Track, Witches Fall Circuit, or the Cameron Falls Circuit. Hikers looking for a challenge should try the Joalah Circuit.