Cedar Creek Falls

Tamborine National Park / Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Cedar Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Cedar Creek Falls was a small cascade (maybe 15-20m or so tall) tumbling over a mostly rocky area. From looking at the infrastructure and old paths, it looked like there used to be access to some of the water-sculpted rock pools near the waterfall's base. Unfortunately, during our May 2008 visit, such access was restricted, and this restriction also included some of the better views of the falls so the photos you see on this page merely reflected the suboptimal views that we were able to get. In the past, Aboriginal groups were said to gather to this area for spiritual renewal. These days, it seemed like people would gather here for picnics, barbies, and the occasional hike.

Speaking of gatherings, we happened to show up to the falls on Mother's Day Weekend. Thus, the picnic area was quite busy and full, and the walking tracks around the falls were much busier than we expected. It was a good thing we had gotten an early start because the car park was also very full, and I doubted we would've been able to find parking had we showed up later. In any case, we spent about 30 minutes away from the car as there really wasn't much hiking required to experience this waterfall.

That said, we did notice that further downstream were pools that were said to be the only legal swimming holes in Mt Tamborine. This was because the rest of the drainages were used for water in the neighboring towns surrounding the Tamborine catchment. We didn't partake in any swimming, but we could totally see why this would be a primary reason for the area to be pretty built-up with infrastructure in terms of parking, picnic areas, and well-groomed trails.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Cedar Creek Falls in Mt Tamborine National Park was about equidistant from both Brisbane (the CBD pictured here) and the Gold CoastCedar Creek Falls in Mt Tamborine National Park was about equidistant from both Brisbane (the CBD pictured here) and the Gold Coast
Julie and I left from Surfer's Paradise (on the far north end of the Gold Coast) before heading over to Cedar Creek Falls in Mt Tamborine National ParkJulie and I left from Surfer's Paradise (on the far north end of the Gold Coast) before heading over to Cedar Creek Falls in Mt Tamborine National Park
View of Cedar Creek Falls from the bottomView of the falls from the bottom

Cedar Creek Falls in long exposureThe falls in long exposure

View of Cedar Creek Falls from the topView of the falls from the top

Profile view of Cedar Creek Falls looking through a lot of foliage as we tried to find a decent view of the falls given all the closures that prevented us from getting to the best viewing spotsProfile view of the falls looking through a lot of foliage as we tried to find a decent view of the falls given all the closures that prevented us from getting to the best viewing spots

Brighter look at Cedar Creek Falls through the foliageBrighter look at the falls through the foliage


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the falls from a suboptimal viewing area on the track


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Gold Coast, we took the M1 (Pacific Motorway) north to the Oxenford-Southport Rd exit. Then, we turned left onto the Old Pacific Hwy (Hwy 95) which then became Tamborine-Oxenford Rd. After following the Route 95 for a little over 26km, we got off Route 95 at a hairpin turn to go onto Cedar Creek Falls Rd. We followed this spur road to its car park at its end.

For context, Gold Coast was 78km (about an hour drive) south of Brisbane and 94km (over an hour drive) north of Byron Bay. We actually stayed in Surfers Paradise, which was a resorty area by the beach within the Gold Coast.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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