Instagram Worthy Waterfalls in South-East QLD & Northern NSW

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

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24 Comments

  1. July 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    There’s just something so contradicting about waterfalls. They are powerful yet calming at the same time. Love it Linda. X

    • July 21, 2017 / 7:21 am

      Thanks lovely! 😊
      Yes! They are pretty incredible!
      Most of the photos I take standing in front of them turn out looking so serene. But in reality, I’m about a second from being blown off! 😂😂

      Thanks for stopping by & commenting – as always! 💜😊

  2. July 21, 2017 / 12:08 am

    I love all the photos! I’m so happy you and Rhett are able to enjoy the adventures together!

    • July 21, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Owe! Beautiful Pam! Thank you 😊💜 I am so happy we can too! It’s a lovely little blessing to find a hobby we can do together! I hope you’ve been well! 😊💜

  3. July 21, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Such serene and yet dramatic shots. I love your take on them, by placing yourself in the midst of all that beauty. The fact that you are awed by the power of nature comes through beautifully.

    • July 21, 2017 / 7:26 am

      Oh. I love your comment. Screenshot-ted in fact! 😊💜 Thank you so much! And it does take a little bit more work to get me in the shot – but I think it makes all the difference. It lets me show scale, and contrast, and whatever else. 😊💜 So I am thrilled to hear that you enjoy them!

      I hope you have a good weekend coming up. And doing a bit of exploring yourself! 💛💛

      • July 21, 2017 / 11:29 am

        Thank you love. I am happy it struck the right note. We are yet to get around but the good news for us is that my husband has got his license and we are clear to start our driving adventures. Maybe in a weekend or so we can get going! Till then NYC shall have to cut it 😉 xx

        • July 21, 2017 / 3:15 pm

          Ohhh! Looking forward to reading about all your adventures! 💜☺️

    • July 21, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Oh thanks babe! 💛
      I will check it out! Hehe. Looking forward to reading your answers! 😊🤗
      How have you been!?
      Rhett and I have just received our wedding invitation suite. And oh my goodness – if there is something to look forward to re: your upcoming nuptials, is the stationary! LOL!

      Also, how has the brainstorming been going re: PostIVFworld blogging themes? ❤️

      • July 21, 2017 / 5:55 pm

        Awesome, look forward to seeing how you answer.
        I have been good thanks, gutted i am back to work after 2 weeks off on monday!! 🙁
        Oh really? Tell me all….. I seriously love stationary anyway, never mind wedding stationary.
        its been going ok, i think i am going to leave it for now and concentrate on other blog/fertility related writing!!

  4. July 21, 2017 / 6:06 am

    You have been to so many waterfalls! I love this collection you’ve put together for us 🙂
    Btw that photo of you at Moran Falls still freaks me out 😂

    • July 21, 2017 / 7:29 am

      Hahaha! Freaks ME out.
      Thanks babe. 😊
      And I still have so many more to get to! 💜
      Pssss. 9 hours (whispers creepily) .. .. 🤗🤗

      • July 21, 2017 / 10:22 am

        😂😂 I can’t wait (whispers creepily back)

  5. July 21, 2017 / 7:54 am

    You are the waterfall boss, the cascade queen and lover of beautiful places. Cheers!

    • July 21, 2017 / 8:14 am

      LOL! Your comments. The absolute best!
      Thank you! Haha. You have truly made my Friday. 💜🙌🏽🤣

  6. July 23, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Aaaand this is amazing. Seriously, all of these waterfalls are so picturesque and beautiful! Also loving your OOTDs xx

  7. July 24, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I just love that you capture nature in all its beauty. Wonderful photos!

    • July 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Owe! Ivy. Thank you so so much! ❤️😍

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