MacDonald Rainforest Circuit

Tamborine National Park

This precious tract of subtropical rainforest was named after Miss Jessie MacDonald, who generously donated part of this area to become a National Park in 1933.

This short, easy grade walk features towering strangler figs and lush groves of piccabeen palms, just south of the Tamborine Botanic Gardens.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

The car park is on Wongawallen Road, off Tamborine Oxenford Road and opposite the Heritage Centre.

There are no BBQs or toilets at this site.


Macdonald Rainforest Circuit

Route/Trail notes:

None provided.



Other References/Comments:

Tamborine Walking Tracks


Nice easy quick walk.

ozsailor on 4 Oct, 2021

Nice short walk. Only takes about 30 mins. Path is not clearly defined in some areas. Not very busy walk which was nice.

Rach on 21 Aug, 2021

The worthy walk that is likely often overlooked.

Wanderlust on 21 Dec, 2020

Nice easy walk with kids

Janey on 1 Oct, 2020

Nice short walk to take in the fresh rain forest air. Only bad thing is it looks like a recent storm has came through and knocked quite a few trees down onto the path.

Maverick on 9 Aug, 2020

Lovely little walk. The best part was that there was no one else around, and judging by the state of the track, it's not heavily frequented. There were plenty of birds to hear and see, if you take your time and remain quiet. I did 4 different walks in 2 days and this was the best as far as serenity and birdlife went.

CherylT on 19 May, 2020

Did this walk walk with daughter(2) son(5) and wife. Easy and enjoyable :)

Christopher Dawson on 6 Oct, 2019

Nice and easy. Lots of bird noises.

Suzanne on 22 Jul, 2019

Nice short stroll

Kcdixon on 23 Mar, 2019

Nice short stroll

Kcdixon on 23 Mar, 2019

Nice short stroll

Kcdixon on 23 Mar, 2019

Pristine & rugged. A good walk

Evil Dave on 13 Apr, 2018

We came here to do an easy walk and escape some of the heat. It was a little cooler than where we had come from and not too busy. I think everyone was doing the walks with creeks or falls. We only saw one other family. The picaneen forest is really nice.

Ian and Sue on 14 Jan, 2017

A basic walk, quite busy so there isn't too much wildlife to see.

rob.bushman on 2 Oct, 2016

This was a nice peaceful walk. The highlight for me was some really large strangled trees near the center of the circuit.

Justin Fatts on 19 Jun, 2016

We were really trying to find some Land Mullet in this area, but to no avail. Oh well, off to the see the Glow Worms now to end our day that included four walks.

F.A.B. on 28 Nov, 2015

Excellent short walk!

Zerpy on 18 Nov, 2013


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