The park is home to numerous plant and animal species. It is most well-known as the home of giant tropical tree species, the Shorea faguetiana (commonly known as Yellow Meranti).
Be sure to check out the 2 hectare Lowland Gardens, home to an astounding selection of flora such as the the Elephant Ear Orchid (Phalaenopsis gigantea) which is endemic to Borneo. Tawau Hills Park is also a favourite spot for hikers looking to train their endurance. The challenging hilly terrain has 3 main elevations – Mount Magdalena (1310 metres), Mount Lucia ( 1202 metres) and Mount Maria ( 1083 metres). All climbers should obtain a permit from Sabah Parks before climbing. Mountain guides and porters are available for hire.
The hot spring and Galas Waterfall are the other attractions in this beautiful park. It’s no wonder that Tawau Hills Park has become a popular recreational spot for families and friends to enjoy a picnic or, for the outdoor enthusiast, spend a night camping under a blanket of stars. Chalets and hostels operated by KOKTAS are available for those looking for more comfortable options.
Many people visit Tawau Hills Park during the school holidays or at weekends. For those who would like to avoid crowds, weekdays are the best time to explore.
Notice / Announcement
*The operational day and time might differ during the national Movement Control Order period. Kindly contact the centre.*