After our first night camping at Benarkin State Forest, we awoke to drizzling rain - not really what we were hoping for! We weren't too phased by it though, we have found that our most memorable adventures are those with a little adversity! The rain did however provide us with a great excuse to hop in the car and explore - who really wants to sit around in a tent all day while it's raining outside? With three kids? Anyway, we were pretty keen to get out and have a look around the region in any case, so off we went! We had done a bit of research and Coomba Falls looked like the spot to visit!
From our location camping at Benarkin, it's about a one hour drive to get to Coomba Falls. From back home in Brisbane, it would take about 3 hours. It's situated right next to a small town called Maidenwell, it's about 2 kilometres away. This little town is tiny, but there are a couple of little stores where you should be able to grab a drink from and there are some public toilets should you need them - probably best to stop here when travelling with little kids as there are no facilities at the falls. Nanango or Kingaroy are probably the closest towns of significance around - respectively about 30 and 45 minutes’ drive, otherwise Toowoomba is about 1.5 hours away.
The drive to Coomba Falls doesn't really give away any indications of the beauty that you will see when you get there. It's a nice drive through typical rural settings, and it's a real surprise when you arrive. A short 2 km drive from Maidenwell and you will have arrived at Coomba Falls - there's no defined carparking area however there's enough room for a dozen cars or so to find a convenient spot. The first things that you will notice are the boulders and the grass-trees - the boys couldn't resist climbing all over the boulders and we couldn't resist snapping a few shots of the scenery!
You will need to carry everything that you will need with you before you head down to the water - there's an excellent-quality staircase leading all the way down, however there are a lot of stairs! You should note that it is not at all suitable for prams and the like and unless you really feel like some good exercise - don't forget anything!
There was no flow at Coomba Falls when we visited, but it didn't really detract from the beauty of this area! The waterhole was full and very inviting, however we didn't come prepared for a swim so we had to sit out and simply enjoy the view - there is a nice, flat grassed area which was a great place to sit down for a relaxing picnic lunch with the kids. After lunch, there were plenty of rocks to climb on and places to explore for the kids, but next time we visit we will be ready for a splash! The boulders at Coomba Falls were an attraction in themselves for the boys, they just couldn't help themselves and had to climb all over them! Great fun! The rock formations were really beautiful, too! There's a big cliff face which was being well used for abseiling on the day we visited, we would expect that it is well used for this type of activity!
We were really stunned by Coomba Falls - it was so nice! The rocks were magnificent and the waterhole was so tranquil - the whole area just seemed to be out of place with its surrounds, which we think is why we loved it! It was so peaceful as well - we're not sure how busy it gets here but given its relative isolation (compared to other spots closer to Brisbane), we can't imagine that it ever gets too crowded! Perhaps it may be a bit of an ask to drive here specifically from Brisbane, however if you are in the mood for something a little quieter, or if you are exploring the region, this one really is a must see!
Amenities: Nothing at the site itself so bring your own food and water, and don't forget to stop off at the toilets at Maidenwell! 👍
Cost: Completely free other than the travel costs! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking but we think that there's enough! 👍👍👍
Access: Lots of stairs to get down to the waterhole! 👍👍
Entertainment: If you are here for a swim then you should have heaps of fun! Lots of boulders to climb on too! 👍👍👍
Best for: Keen photographers will love this place! And capable swimmers too! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Great for spotting birds and butterflies and dragonflies, we imagine that you should be able to find some wallabies here as well! 👍👍👍
Summary: If you are in the area you really need to visit Coomba Falls, or it would make a great addition to your 'Explore South Burnett' day trip itinerary from Brisbane. 👍👍👍
Hints: Don’t exhaust yourself swimming - it's a long walk back up those stairs!
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