If you’re looking for a natural playground to explore in the Gold Coast hinterland, Cedar Creek Falls in Mount Tamborine is calling your name. Cedar Creek Falls is made up of a series of waterfalls and swimming holes. The great thing about Cedar Creek Falls is that it is easily accessible, but for the more adventurous types, you can explore upstream or downstream to find secret areas to relax.
I love going off the beaten track to find secret spots to swim in the fresh water, soak up the sun and admire the surrounding rock formations and tropical rainforest, so Cedar Creek Falls was the ideal natural playground for me.
The trail to Cedar Creek Falls Mount Tamborine
You can be sure that the short walk to the base of Cedar Creek Falls is well worth it. The trail to the base of Cedar Creek Falls is 900 metres return and is suitable for families and all fitness types.
Starting from the car park, you will pass a massive grass picnic area equipped with BBQ facilitates. The well-maintained picnic area is spacious and surrounded by lush scenery, making it the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ.
To get to Cedar Creek Falls you will continue past the picnic area along the trail. Shortly into the hike, you will come across the Cedar Creek Falls lookout (500 metres return), which is accessible with strollers and wheelchairs. From the lookout, you will see views of the gorge, waterfalls and rock pools.
From here, you will start heading down some stairs to the base of the falls.
Before reaching the base of the falls, you can go off track and explore upstream to find a quieter area, or you can go all the way to the base where you will find plenty of room to sit and swim. You can also follow Cedar Creek downstream to find more swimming areas and waterfalls, which I recommend doing as it can get very busy.
At the large swimming hole at the base of the falls, you will likely see people jumping into the deep waterfall from the rock faces surrounding the waterfall. Consider your safety before jumping.
You will find the car park along Cedar Creek Falls Road in Mount Tamborine. See the map below.
Facilities at Cedar Creek Falls
You will find a very well kept picnic area with BBQ’s near the car park.
Packing for Cedar Creek Falls
You will need swimmers, a towel, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water. You don’t necessarily need hiking shoes as the trail is very short.
Tips for visiting Cedar Creek Falls Mount Tamborine
- Cedar Creek Falls is most impressive after rain.
- Mount Tamborine Skywalk is only 5 minutes from Cedar Creek Falls if you are interested in checking out the famous canopy walk.
- If you take rubbish with you to Cedar Creek Falls, make sure you take it home with you.
- Pack a picnic so you can spend a day at this beautiful location in the Gold Coast.
- Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen.