Visit Currumbin Valley (Qld)

Currumbin Guide & maps (Portable Document File (PDF) 2mb)

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. Photo courtesy of Graeme Fraser
Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. Photo courtesy of Graeme Fraser

Currumbin Valley Reserve is a small patch of regenerating rainforest  in the hinterland in the south east corner of Queensland (not far from the NSW border) that used to be part of the extensive rainforest of south-east Queensland.

Together with the adjacent Nicoll Scrub National Park it protects the only substantial area of rainforest remaining in the lower Currumbin Valley. The land was bequeathed to Bush Heritage by Dr Alex Griffith in 2000.

Fallen Quandongs. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Fallen Quandongs. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.

The reserve protects a number of rare plants such as smooth and rough shelled macadamias, Black Walnut, Fine-leaved Tuckeroo and Smooth Scrub Turpentine.

It also plays an important role as a conservation buffer for the national park, which is known habitat for the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, and shows evidence of Long-nosed Bandicoots, Green Catbirds, Scrub Turkeys and a number of Honeyeater species.

What to see

Lesueur's Frog. Photo Wayne Lawler / Ecopix.
Lesueur's Frog. Photo Wayne Lawler / Ecopix.

There are no facilities on Currumbin. The only accessible part of the reserve is the small memorial garden, which has been landscaped with rocks, lawns, exotic and native plants. The gardens are attended to by the families whose ashes have been laid here.

You’re welcome to wander around the gardens, where you can view the surrounding native vegetation and glimpse views through the canopy.

The rest of the reserve is steep and slippery under foot and there are no foot tracks. We ask visitors not to attempt walking through other parts of the property.

 

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