NP Experience – Arrum Harahap – National Parks Association of Queensland

NP Experience – Arrum Harahap

Author: Arrum Harahap

Discovering Nature Sparks in Tamborine National Park

In this digital age, we spend much time indoors, staring at screens, detaching from the need for sunshine, fresh air, and greenery. I came to Brisbane in December 2022, leaving my rural life in Sumatra, Indonesia, for an Australian metropolitan city. I quickly became trapped in the fast-paced, metro lifestyle typical in the big city that I frequently forgot to make time for the natural world. However, spending time in nature by reaping the ecosystem services has been proven essential for maintaining physical, emotional, and mental health.

Ecosystem services, or how natural ecosystems contribute to human well-being, have been the subject of decades of scientific study. The benefits of spending time in nature include lowering stress and anxiety levels, enhancing mood, and enhancing cognitive performance. As a result, our risk of obesity and other chronic diseases is reduced. It can also help us boost our physical activity. As a person born and raised in a mountainous area, I constantly seek nature to nourish myself, find balance, feel grounded, and feel connected to mother earth. The question is, where should I go to?

Tamborine National Park is an excellent place for me to enjoy the pleasures of nature in Southeast Queensland. Want to escape the city’s noise and activity, or crave the quiet and tranquillity of nature? The city’s busy urbanites will find Tamborine National Park the perfect getaway. The sunshine and clean air will benefit you while preserving Australia’s priceless ecosystem.

Tamborine National Park Entrance

It is only an hour’s drive from the city to Tamborine National Park, featuring stunning waterfalls, lush rainforests, and breathtaking views. As a result, it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors from around the world. Tamborine National Park is an excellent choice for those seeking various opportunities, whether you have a full day or only a few hours. Many challenging track routes exist, from strolls to challenging hikes through breathtaking landscapes and views. I was amazed by the natural beauty of the rainforest surrounded by the sounds of native wildlife. A day in nature left me feeling refreshed and revitalized, thanks to the fresh air and natural surroundings. The adventure of traversing the forest left me with a sense of exhilaration and accomplishment. Here are some picks from me for discovering the natural spark and enjoying the ecosystem services from Tamborine National Park:

Tamborine Sky Walk

view from Skywalk Bridge

I began my journey to find some spark in Tamborine by walking along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. The skywalk provided me with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the lush rainforest canopy from a suspended bridge, with breath taking views of the stunning landscape. I was immersed in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as I walked along the skywalk. I had the opportunity to see exotic flora and fauna, ranging from birds to lizards. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to spot the elusive pademelon, a small marsupial native to the area. Perhaps, yours? But the skywalk is more than just a sight. Crossing the bridge, I hear the soothing sounds of running water and birdcalls, creating a serene and peaceful environment. Hey, do not forget to take some photos and leave nothing than footprints.

 Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls is a short, easy-to-follow trail; at least, that’s what I experienced. To reach Curtis Falls, take a leisurely 1.1km hike through the lush rainforest. The track is well-kept and provides a pleasant walk for people of all ages and fitness levels. Native trees surround me as I enter the rainforest. When I arrived at Curtis Falls, I was rewarded with a breathtaking view of the cascading waterfall and crystal-clear pool below. I spotted some species in the water, which I assumed it looks like a water spider. You might also see turtles, fish, and eels in the pool. Take a refreshing swim or go exploring if you’re feeling daring. I dipped in the cool water and explored the rocky outcroppings surrounding the falls. Visiting Curtis Falls allows me to connect with nature and appreciate the natural world better.

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls has well-maintained trails that are 1,3 km long and offer a leisurely hike suitable for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Although this route is more challenging than Curtis’s track, it is still accessible to me. The trail winds through the lush rainforest, and it’s essential to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water because the course can be steep and rocky. Once I have arrived at Cedar Creek Falls, there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Of course, I did not miss the opportunity to swim in the rocks pool. The Rock Pool is a tranquil oasis fed by the refreshing waters of Cedar Creek Falls. The water is cool and refreshing, and the area is shallow, making it ideal for visitors to play in. I also explore the rocks surrounding the pool to find hidden places where water flows in small streams and mini falls. I would never complain about my day spent cooling off in the crystal-clear water on a hot day, relaxing on the rocks, and enjoying the breath taking views.

Gallery Walk

 Gallery Walk is a beautiful place to unwind and relax after finishing my national park journey and following a hike and exploring the forest. I peruse many art galleries, boutique shops, antique stores, and restaurants while strolling down the charming tree-lined street. The art galleries on Gallery Walk have an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and other works by local and international artists. There is something for everyone, making it the ideal place to find a unique souvenir or gift. After visiting the shops and galleries, I dine at one of Gallery Walk’s many cafes and restaurants. There are options for all tastes and budgets, from casual cafes to fine dining. I called it a day by enjoying a delicious meal while admiring the stunning mountain scenery.

*Here is my note before visiting this national park. It’s worth noting that some areas may be sacred to local Aboriginal people. You must respect the area’s cultural significance and avoid disturbing the natural environment. Littering is strictly forbidden, and you must remove all trash before leaving. Having said that, Tamborine National Park is a must-see destination for any nature lover, with so much to see and do.

Plan your visit today and experience the enchantment of sparkling nature for yourself!

*Arrum Harahap, the author, is a visiting Ph.D. fellow on ecosystem services management in Queensland, Australia

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