The Sunshine Coast offers something for every visitor with long stretches of stunning sandy beaches, great dining and entertainment, fun family friendly attractions and a vibrant hinterland region home to lush rainforests, ancient volcanic peaks, views that’ll take your breath away … and some insta-worthy waterfalls!
Buderim Falls, also called Serenity Falls, is located within 45 hectares of the Buderim Forest Park. Access to the waterfall is via by one of two paths: Harry’s Lane off Lindsey Road, which will take you to the bottom of the falls; or Quorn Close, which leads to an arch bridge that overlooks the falls from above. Both vary by way of distance and incline.
From Harry’s Lane there is a beautiful 600m long boardwalk that carves a scenic path through the Sub-tropical rainforest – this path is stroller and wheelchair accessible and well worth exploring. Partway to the falls, this boardwalk ends and to reach the waterfalls you’ll need to continue along a more rugged path over rocks and the banks fo the Martin Creek. (This section isn’t stroller/wheelchair friendly.)
The Quorn Close entry is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs as the 350m bush track leads directly down to the top of the waterfall and is quite steep with numerous stairs on the path.
Both families and couples alike will enjoy this waterfall. If you want to make a day of it and pack a picnic, you’ll find barbecue facilities, picnic tables and toilets at both the Lindsay Road and Quorn Close entrances.
Gardners Falls is located at Obi Obi Creek Maleny and is a short 800 metre return walk from the carpark, On the track to the main waterfall you’ll find number of shallow rock pools that are perfect for splashing about. These pools increase in size until you reach the main attraction; Gardners Falls.
There are plenty of spots to enjoy a leisurely picnic on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek as you listen to the water bubbling along the creek and over rocks. Pack an esky with your favourite goodies from the Sunshine Coast and enjoy a relaxed day out.
While you’re in Maleny you might like to book in for a Maleny Dairy farm tour, stop in at Maleny Cheese or perhaps treat the family to an award winning artisan sorbet or gelato at Maleny Food Co.
Located on the traditional land of the Gubbi Gubbi people in Kondalilla National Park. Its name, which means ‘rushing water’ in the local Aboriginal language, reflects exactly what you can expect from the falls during the summer wet season!
Dropping dramatically from the Skene Creek this 80-metre waterfall is a good hike for the reasonably fit. This walk is a Grade 3 track (formed track, may have short steep hills and many steps, some experience recommended).
From Kondalilla Falls car park walk 100-metres downhill (with steps) to a large grassed picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets. Follow the Picnic Creek circuit, walking through rainforest and open forest to a rock pool at the top of the falls. Continue on the Kondalilla Falls circuit, descending into lush rainforest as you walk down to the valley for an impressive waterfall view at the base of the falls.
Kondalilla Falls is just a short distance from the town of Montville, a charming town brimming with gorgeous boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The perfect stop for a spot of lunch or Devonshire tea after your waterfall hike.
MORE SUNSHINE COAST WATERFALLS…
Still looking for more great Sunshine Coast waterfalls to check out? The region also offers Booloumba Falls in the Conondale National Park, Wappa Falls near Yandina, Robinson Falls in Nambour, Gheerulla Falls Mapleton, Baxter Falls north of Flaxton and Mapleton Falls!
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