With waterfalls being the flavour of my July, I thought I’d submerge myself in my newfound obsession by consolidating all my favorite fresh-water discoveries into one compact and somewhat informative post. And as I ready myself for another weekend of waterfall chasing and wandering through rainforest hinterlands, I cannot believe how much ground I have covered within such a short period of time. Which is a true testament to how readily accessible some of Australia’s most picturesque watercourses are from the heart of Brisbane CBD and just how fortunate I am to call this beautiful country my home. So, with all that being said, I am going to get straight into it and to encourage a sense of geographical-fluidity, I will commence our journey in South-East Queensland (QLD) and work my way down to the waterfalls located in Northern New South Wales (NSW).
Kondalilla Falls, Kondalilla National Park:
Kondalilla Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located in the Kondalilla National Park of Montville about 100-kms north of Brisbane CBD. And despite a fairly precarious 5-km circuit and 6-too-many flights of life-endangering stairs, it pretty much goes without saying that not only was the Kondalilla Falls visually lovely but the sub-tropical rainforest itself was as glorious, as it was green and extraordinarily lush.
Serenity Falls, Buderim Forest Park:
A secluded oasis located within the heart of Buderim Forest Park is Serenity Falls amidst a 45-hectare rainforest brimming in lush ferns, ancient tall trees and endless amounts of wild life. This waterfall, otherwise known by its second and arguably more common name, Buderim Falls, is readily accessible via a leisurely 10-minute walk off the Quorn Close entry point, just 95 kms north of Brisbane CBD.
Cedar Creek Falls, Mount Tamborine:
In the heart of Mount Tamborine is the striking Cedar Creek Falls located 75 kms south of Brisbane and is only an hour drive from my home. It is also one of the most family-friendly waterfalls with a walking track that is an absolute dream to navigate. The well-worn and somewhat paved pathway, safe barricades and clear signage directing visitors straight to the Cedar Creek rock-pools at the bottom of the falls, will make for a leisurely afternoon stroll for anybody that is interested.
Twin Falls, Springbrook National Park:
Twin Falls is one of the many water falls located within Springbrook National Park about an hour and a half south of Brisbane. The main walking track, otherwise known as the ‘Twin Falls Circuit’, actually proved to be a wildly rewarding 2 to 3 hour adventure through a subtropical rainforest spoilt with ambiguous, interesting walkways and impressive formations. Rhett and I did not run out of things to look at (or more accurately – gawk at) with the epic plunge waterfall of Twin Falls topping off our adventure with a show that was simply jaw-dropping.
Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park:
Out of this running list of 8, Elabana Falls has fast become one of my absolute favourites. Located in the heart of Lamington National Park, this beautiful cascade waterfall is easily accessible via either the Box Forest circuit or Toolona Creek circuit near O’Reilly’s hinterland rainforest retreat. Rhett and I opted for the Box circuit and at a distance of 8-kms back and forth, it didn’t take us any more than 2.5 hours to complete and that included the 45-minutes we spent photographing the falls, trying our very best to do it any degree of justice.
Moran Falls, Lamington National Park:
Located just 105 kms south of Brisbane in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park is the very impressive and iconic Moran Falls. And this plunge waterfall spans a total height of 80 metres, making it one of the largest and scenic waterfalls Rhett and I have visited to date. In terms of getting to Moran, the 4.4 km track turned out to make for a fairly easy ‘hike’, despite the abundance of warning signs that prefaced our walk. So I can’t say that this is a difficult location to get to, but I would definitely look to wear enclosed shoes, especially after significant rainfall as it can get quite muddy and very slippery.
Killen Falls, Tintenbar Nature Reserve:
Killen Falls is a 10-metre waterfall located in the sleepy suburb of Tintenbar, just 20-minutes out of Byron Bay. This little gemstone, on any given day, is absolutely flowing with water, and despite being positioned in a relative population-dense suburb, Killen Falls was nothing short of impressive with its understated beauty and overwhelming terrain.
Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park:
And lastly, but certainly not least, is the breath-taking Minyon Falls. Inconspicuously located in the heart of Nightcap National Park just 45-minutes west of Byron Bay and 2-and-a-half hours south of Brisbane CBD, this impressive 100-metre plunge waterfall is phenomenal with its sheer force and impressive scale being enough to render me completely wide-eyed and speechless. The trek to the falls involved a fairly precarious leg towards the end (which involved 10 to 15 minutes of scrambling up and over slippery rock surfaces, crawling under fallen tree branches and playing spot-the-tiny-red-arrows with the marksman focus of trying our hardest not to get lost) and a strenuous hike back up. But, needless to say, the sweeping panoramic views and the almost ethereal natural environment that seemed to shroud our every footstep, made everything utterly worthwhile.
That about sums up all the waterfalls Rhett and I have had the pleasure of visiting these past few months. And as we approach the end of another working week, I am getting more and more excited to tick a few more off my ever-growing bucket list. And I hope you guys are looking to do the same!
Love Linda, xo