The Cedar Creek Section of the Tamborine National Park

Tambourine Mountain, Walking Trail, waterfall, National Park

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Access:

This section of the park is easily reached via Tamborine Mountain Road. It is an ideal stop on the way up to Tamborine Mountain from Tamborine Village. The turn-off to “Cedar Creek Falls Road” is just past the information map stopping bay on the left, on the same sharp right bend than the turn-off to “Thunderbird Park”. Please take care – this large bitumen street corner has a 40km/h speed limit, and is often used as a large bus turning circle.

Cedar Creek car park

A fairly narrow road leads down towards “Cedar Creek Falls”, crossing Cedar Creek via a concrete level creek crossing shortly before reaching the car parking area.

Visitors are asked to please keep noise to a minimum as this is also a residential area.

Please park only in the designated spots, and do not obstruct resident’s driveways. Note that there is NO parking on the access road (yellow lines).

Boardwalk to Lookout

Cedar Creek Falls Lookout (A4) – 500m return to lookout, allow about 20 minutes return, easy grade

This flat bitumen track from the car park to the lookout is suitable for strollers and assisted wheelchair access. The lookout at the end of the walk offers very nice views of the waterfalls, cascades and a series of rock pools popular with swimmers. This walking track is ideally suitable for the young, the elderly and the disabled, providing spectacular waterfall scenery within very short walking distance.

Anyone for a swim?

Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools (A4) 900m return from lookout (see before), allow about 30 minutes, moderate grade

The track provides access to Cedar Creek and some of its spectacular cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. It is hard to describe the natural beauty of this spot without using superlatives, but judge for yourself – and don’t forget to bring your togs!

Please note that NO glass containers are allowed past the viewing platform, and observe the regulatory notices warning of slippery rocks, steep cliffs and “no go” areas close to the falls. The entire track is sealed, and provides for safe walking even after heavy rain.

At the rock pools..

The walk starts to the right of the lookout, sloping down gently. Upon reaching a fork, keep to the left to reach another viewing platform. Rest to take full advantage of the breathtaking views to the three upper waterfalls and rock pools (86 stairs).

Continue until the two tracks re-join (2 stairs), and zig-zag down the canyon through open forest and dry rainforest and arrive at these popular swimming holes after crossing extensive jumbled rock scree slopes (17 stairs).

Access to the swimming holes is easy via slope rock shelves, care needs to be taken as these rocks can be slippery. Jumping from the cliffs is strictly prohibited, due to submerged rocks and other hazards. The water can be quiet cold, even in the peak of summer.

The return track reverses the walk-in, except when coming to the fork stick to the left to shorten the uphill walk and to arrive back at the upper viewing platform (37 stairs).