Thursday, 3 November 2016

Wild BNE spring meet-up: Mount Tamborine

The walking track passes through several piccabeen palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) groves.

Strangler fig
(Ficus watkinsiana).
When I walk into a subtropical rainforest, I always feel like I’m walking into nature’s own version of New York City or some other giant, densely-packed metropolis. Life, colour, movement and activity abounds throughout the forest, from the ground right up to the sky-scraping tree canopy! Such is the case in the MacDonald section of Mount Tamborine National Park, and every visit I make there is utterly thrilling. For my next visit, I’d love for you to join me!

Whether your interests include plants, birds, invertebrates, reptiles or fungi, a walk around the rainforest circuit in this National Park is sure to amaze you! Giant land mullets (Bellatorias major) laze about on fallen logs, rare butterflies sail through the air and the amusing calls of green catbirds (Ailuroedus crassirostris) and wompoo fruit-doves (Ptilinopus magnificus) echo off giant buttresses. If you enjoy photography,
there is plenty to point your camera at, but there is beauty galore for the naked eye as wellsee the gallery of photos I've included below! The event details are:

Pale yellow robin (Tregellasia capito).
Date: Saturday 19th November, 2016.
Time: 8:15am – 10:00am for the walk, morning tea at a nearby cafe afterwards.
Distance: 1.4km walk on flat or gently graded dirt tracks.

Send me an email at to register your interest or find out more information. Some places have already been booked by people who are on the newsletter mailing list, so if you’re keen, let me know and don’t miss out!


Land mullets are so-called because their big, shiny and scaley bodies resemble fish (if you squint and aren't thinking too hard).

Wonder browns (Heteronympha mirifica) are an uncommon butterfly in South-east Queensland.

Giant stinging trees (Dendrocnide excelsa) are an intriguing flora species in the park.

Planthoppers (Desudaba species) have been observed 'mudpuddling' at this site, a behaviour not recorded for these creatures before.

Breaks in the forest canopy allow interesting regrowth sections teeming with tropical plants and animals.

Photogenic insects like this weevil (Curculionidae family) are numerous in the National Park.


  1. Some amazing creatures in this post in that area wonderful to see. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thanks Margaret, yes Mount Tamborine is certainly a special place!

  2. Oh I would love to do that walk again.I haven't done it since the kids were little. However, I have another engagement on that day. maybe next time.

    1. It's a beautiful place, Diane, glad you are familiar with it! I host a couple of walks around SEQ each year, so keep an eye out in 2017 and I'd be delighted for you to come along :)