One of my favourite days out is to head up to Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland on a Sunday morning and walk Sandy Creek Circuit. Part way through this scenic meandering trail you can take a short detour to the rushing white water of Cameron Falls.
If the falls are heavy, the creek will be running wild over a small rocky section of this trail and you’ll have the opportunity to kick off your shoes, and cool your feet in the ice cold water near the top of the falls.
After finishing the walk, there are two options for lunch:
- take the ten minute drive to the historic St Bernards Hotel overlooking Guanaba Gorge
- have a picnic at the Knoll Picnic Area (details are in my blog post Top Places to Picnic on the Gold Coast)
My favourite option for more than just a delicious lunch, is St Bernards Hotel which overlooks a spectacular valley, and provides live jazz and colourful gardens with a magnificent live male peacock.
You can find information about this Hotel and a detailed description of spending a wonderful afternoon there on a couch by the fire listening to a jazz band here: Historic St Bernards Hotel.
HOW TO GET TO SANDY CREEK CIRCUIT: Drive down Main Street to Knoll Road. The entrance to Sandy Creek Circuit is off Knoll Road, Mount Tamborine (veer off to the left when Knoll Road branches out)- be aware as the little service road is easy to miss.
TOP TIP FOR THIS TRIP: If there’s been heavy rain within the week, you’ll need to pack a spare pair of shoes in the car, as the detour to view Cameron Falls sometimes gets very wet and muddy.