MacDonald Rainforest

Tamborine National Park
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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 Toilets
No Dogs Permitted

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.




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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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