Where is it: Harrys Lane or Quorn Close, Buderim
What's it all about: It's a lovely waterfall and swimming hole right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast!
Tell me more: Buderim Forest Park is a beautiful patch of tranquil rainforest set aside for public enjoyment! There are walking tracks throughout the forest, as well as barbeques and picnic tables so it's a great place for a picnic lunch! The Quorn Close entrance provides you with direct access to a lovely little waterfall and waterhole. Be aware that the creek does run through urban areas and as such might not be the most pristine - in fact, there have been occasions (after heavy rainfall) that water treatment facilities have overflowed into the creek! But this spot is lovely and even without a quick dip, it's certainly a worthwhile visit!
Amenities: Basic facilities but very usable! 👍👍
Cost: Free to enjoy! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited free parking is available! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to get to and the walking tracks are generally ok – in some areas the tracks can get a bit rough! 👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone can enjoy this park – the forest and the waterfall are both lovely! 👍👍👍
Summary: For a quick ‘escape’ from Sunshine Coast’s beautiful beaches we can certainly recommend a visit to Buderim Forest Falls! 👍👍👍
Where is it: Obi Sth Lane, Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Why we love it: A creek, waterfalls and swimming hole in the beautiful location of Maleny - whats not to love?
Tell me more: Gardner's Falls are a nice set of small cascading waterfalls and waterholes along the Obi Obi Creek at Maleny. Very easy to access - you park right on the edge of the creek - and situated really close to the picturesque village of Maleny, this is a really popular spot for a swim or just for a bit of sightseeing! Upon parking at the small carpark, it’s only a couple of minutes’ walk to the gently cascading falls. Above the falls there are lots of large, exposed rocks that you can wander over and explore – however take care as these can get quite slippery as well! The water falls into a large-ish waterhole which is great for swimming. It has a rocky base (which again, can be a little slippery) and at the downstream end of the waterhole it is reasonably shallow so the kids can play around in this area. Closer to the actual waterfall, the water is deep and you will see lots of people either jumping off the top of the falls (it’s only a couple of metres) or even swinging out of trees! It’s a lovely spot to visit – easy to get to (no hiking through kilometres of bushland) and the water is generally cool and clear! As it seems to be with a lot of popular, public areas, you will find a little bit of rubbish around although the locals do a great job of trying to stay on top of this! Well worth a visit!
Amenities: There's a long-drop toilet at the carpark area, but hold your breath! 👍👍
Parking: A small gravel carpark that fills up quickly! Some parking along the access road as well! 👍👍
Access: A gravel track leads to the waterfalls and waterhole, but once you get to the waterfalls area the track gets a little rough! Overall it's a very accessible waterhole! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone can enjoy this, however we think that kids 5 and over would have the most fun! 👍👍👍
Summary: A beautiful waterhole in a beautiful location! It's great for sightseeing or for swimming - however it's popularity is it's only downside as there is a bit of rubbish around and can get crowded at times! 👍👍👍
Hints: Plan to spend some time in the area - Maleny really is a beautiful location! And if heading up on a weekend, expect it to be busy!
Where is it: Ewan Maddock Camp, off Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
What's it all about: A weekend of X-Triathlon - think triathlon with mountain bike and trail running!
How can I join in: Head along to In2Adventure's website to find the next event!
Tell me more: The tranquil surrounds of Ewan Maddock Dam Camp in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the setting for some really challenging racing through the bush and water with the running of the X-Tri and Multisport Weekend! It's a weekend of swimming, mountain biking and cross country running for all ages and abilities - but the main reason we went along was to try out the Mud Rats race - it's a race specifically for the little guys! The race was lots of run but it was over in a flash - probably a little bit short (only about 500 metres) for our 6 year old but he loved it anyway! Our little girl (2yo) joined in and she had a blast! A fun little race - maybe best suited to the under 5s!
Swimming at the Dam after the race
Brisbane Family Explorers