Cedar Creek, Samford
Just to the west of Brisbane (about 10 minutes from the city limits) is the busy but charming little town of Samford, and not too far from Samford is Cedar Creek - one of our favourite little getaways! It's a rocky creek that is generally calm and in most spots not too deep, so it's great for inquisitive little kids who love to explore! The drive out to Cedar Creek is really nice and picturesque. To reach this spot from the CBD it's about a 50 minute drive, but the last 20 minutes is through some really nice windy, rural and hilly roads and it's such a change from the city that you've just left. Turning on to Cedar Creek Road you will feel a world away on this winding road which criss-crosses the creek a couple of times through bush and rainforest - the road ends at the Cedar Creek Retreat, so once you are on this road you can't really get lost. You might even get to see a stone replica of a medieval French bridge! It's a private bridge but it looks really great in this setting.
The creek at Andy Williams Park is rocky and the water is clean and clear and not very deep, so it's great for little kids, however you will have to keep an eye on the little guys as some of the rocks can get a little slippery. There are a number of deeper waterholes further along up the creek as well. One of the more popular locations you will find if you drive right up to the end of the road (another 2 km). You will then have to follow the creek further upstream for another 800 metres or so before you come to a series of swim-able waterholes! The walk along the creek can be a bit tricky in places, but it's great for adventurous kids - and the waterholes are great!
If you are looking for a creek for little kids to splash in and explore, we think that Cedar Creek is up there with the best! We've been visiting Cedar Creek since our oldest boy was just a toddler and it's always been heaps of fun - a really worthwhile day out, and the best part is that there is so much of the creek to explore! We're really looking forward to getting back and finding a new favourite spot!
Amenities: Full park amenities at Andy Williams Park but nothing elsewhere! 👍👍👍
Cost: All free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking at certain points along the road and at Andy Williams Park, however it is a popular spot in summer! 👍👍👍
Access: Not the best access for prams or those with mobility issues - very limited access at Andy Williams Park!👍
Entertainment: Plenty of opportunity to entertain yourself in the water here! 👍👍👍
Best for: With shallows and deeper waterholes everyone should be happy with Cedar Creek! Andy Williams Park is great for the little guys! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Birds, little fish and tadpoles - and watch out for those cheeky bush turkeys who will rummage through your belongings if you leave it unattended! 👍👍
Summary: An easy and fun day out for the whole family! A great way to escape the city and cool off in the warmer months! 👍👍👍👍
Andy Williams Park
1/9/2019 10:12:03 pm
Hi there. Lovely blog. I was looking at visiting this area but read recently that access to the waterfalls and large swimming hole was now on private property and access is not longer permitted. Did you have any issues with this at all?
Hi Elisa! Thanks for your message! Cedar Creek is a lovely place to visit! We called the property owners prior to our visit who advised that getting to the falls is still permitted so long as you don’t cross the private properties to access the falls. We have seen since our visit on other websites that the falls are off-limits too, so it may be worthwhile doing a little more research!
5/14/2019 12:20:28 pm
Is there any law against fossicking for gold with your license around andy Williams park and upstream? Can't find anything that says your not allowed to online. Thanks
12/12/2019 03:27:43 pm
Bill, Did you get an answer to your Andy Williams fossicking question. I want to know the same thing.
11/11/2019 01:09:26 am
1/14/2022 06:06:02 am
Hi there! May I know how to get to the bridge and swimming holes? Do we have to pass through private properties? Last time we were there, there was an accident at the falls so we weren't able to walk up there...thank you.
12/14/2022 03:01:50 pm
Thank you for sharing thiis
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