Cedar Creek Falls

Tamborine National Park, Queensland, Australia

About Cedar Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: 500m round trip
Suggested Time: 20-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-11
Date last visited: 2008-05-11

Waterfall Latitude: -27.89459
Waterfall Longitude: 153.1841

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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 access some of the water-sculpted rock pools near the waterfall’s base.

Cedar_Creek_Falls_007_05102008 - Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine National Park
Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine National Park

Unfortunately, during our May 2008 visit, such access was restricted, and this restriction also included some of the better views of the falls.

Therefore, the photos you see on this page merely reflected the suboptimal views that we could 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 Cameron 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.

Cedar_Creek_Falls_015_05102008 - Profile view of Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine National Park
Profile view of Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine National Park

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.


Cedar Creek Falls resides in the Tamborine National Park near the Gold Coast, Queensland. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Cedar_Creek_Falls_003_05102008 - View of Cedar Creek Falls from the bottom
Cedar_Creek_Falls_004_05102008 - Checking out Cedar Creek Falls in fast exposure
Cedar_Creek_Falls_011_05102008 - Cedar Creek Falls in long exposure
Cedar_Creek_Falls_016_05102008 - View of Cedar Creek Falls from the top
Cedar_Creek_Falls_013_05102008 - 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 spots

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

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