Cedar Creek Falls

Proserpine / Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

About Cedar Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2008-05-13
Date last visited: 2008-05-13

Waterfall Latitude: -20.40823
Waterfall Longitude: 148.71121

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Cedar Creek Falls (sometimes known as just Cedar Falls) was our waterfalling excuse to explore the famously beautiful white sand islands and reefs of the Whitsundays.

Unfortunately, this waterfall did not flow well during our visit in May 2008 (though I recalled we might have heard a trickle as it barely had water).

Cedar_Creek_Falls_002_05122008 - Looking towards a dry Cedar Creek Falls
Looking towards a dry Cedar Creek Falls

This was despite some sporadic rains that the area had received during our visit.

Therefore, I’d imagine that this waterfall would only flow well during the Wet Season, and it wouldn’t last many days after the end of the monsoonal downpours.

Under the conditions that we saw the Cedar Creek Falls, I’d consider this waterfall as more of a swimming hole than waterfall attraction.

That said, if we visited during the Australian Summer, we would obviously have to contend with the increased likelihood of encountering some fatally-poisonous organisms of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.

Such organisms include the box jellyfish, irikanji, blue-ringed octopus, and more.

Whitsunday_144_05132008 - The main reason why people go to the Whitsundays is to experience the wildlife, the reefs, and the beautiful islands themselves
The main reason why people go to the Whitsundays is to experience the wildlife, the reefs, and the beautiful islands themselves

Under those conditions, we’d certainly wear the lycra suits with no exposed skin if going in the water.

And we’d consider going in the water a must because no one comes here without experiencing the Finding Nemo-like qualities of the reefs here.

Anyhow, the falls essentially served as a roadside waterfall as there we didn’t need to hike to access it.

Nevertheless, as you can see from the photos on this page, getting a satisfactory waterfalling experience was more about timing and circumstance than it was about physical exertion.


Cedar Creek Falls resides near the town of Proserpine near Airlie Beach, Queensland. It is administered by the Whitsunday Regional Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Airlie_Beach_002_jx_05142008 - The town of Airlie Beach was where we based ourselves at, and it was a fairly short drive to get from here to the Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar_Creek_Falls_007_05122008 - Another look at the dry Cedar Creek Falls

The closest beach to the falls was Conway Beach, but Airlie Beach (where we were staying) was within a reasonable 20-minute or so drive.

Proserpine was the main town along the Bruce Hwy (A1) where we had to turn off and head towards the Cedar Creek Falls as well as the Whitsunday access town at Airlie Beach.

From the Bruce Hwy (A1) in Proserpine, we had to turn right onto Shute Harbour Rd.

The turnoff was a short distance north of the main part of Proserpine.

Then, we would have to drive about 5.5km along Shute Harbour Rd before turning right onto Conway Rd.

We followed Conway Rd for about 8.5km before a sign had us keep left onto an unsealed access road (Saltwater Creek Rd, I believe) that took us to Cedar Creek Falls Rd, which we then took the final 900m to its end at the falls itself.

Coming from Airlie Beach, we had to drive about 18km south on Shute Harbour Rd before turning left onto Conway Rd.

Then, we followed the directions as above to the falls.

Proserpine is about 460km (5 hours drive) north of Rockhampton and about 265km (3 hours drive) south of Townsville along the Bruce Hwy (A1).

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Cedar Creek Falls Jan 2008 December 12, 2010 12:03 am by Philip Searle - Hi, my name is Phil and I just wanted to share a photo of Cedar Creek Falls in full flow. Had you been there a few months earlier you would have seen it too. We had been staying in Proserpine for about 9 months. I lived full time traveling with my family in a motor… ...Read More

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