Allow 2 hrs
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Hard (Grade 5)
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A more difficult off-track extension past Cedar Creek Falls in Samford, rock hopping past a number of small falls and cascades to the beautiful Love Falls.
This lightly trafficked hike starts from a small car park on the side of the road at the end of Cedar Creek Road.
From the car park head down to the creek and then rock hop upstream. Cedar Creek is surrounded by private property, so remember to stick to the creek and be respectful.
The creek passes a number of small rock pools and cascades on the way, before arriving at Cedar Creek Falls after approximately 15-30 minutes.
The rock pool at the base of the falls is a wonderful swimming spot during the warmer months, however remember to practice common sense and check the water before diving in.
To continue, climb to the top to the falls via the rock face or a dirt track to the right of the falls.
Love Falls is located approximately 2 kms past Cedar Creek Falls.
About 100 metres past Cedar Creek Falls, Black Creek branches off to the left (typically dry, and resembling large boulder steps into the forest). Continue straight along Cedar Creek.
You will pass a number of small pools and cascades and the terrain will gradually get steeper.
A prominent waterfall is then encountered at another fork in the creek. Cedar Creek continues to the left, however you should climb the falls and continue straight – this is Love Creek.
The terrain becomes slightly more steep and difficult as you approach Love Falls, with a number of smaller falls and cascades to be navigated up.
Love Falls is a beautiful waterfall flowing down a crevice in the cliff face.
The upper section of the falls can be reached via a scramble up the hill to the right of the falls.
The route to the upper section is loose and shaly terrain and is untracked, so care should be taken. Only proceed if you have adequate navigation and rock scrambling skills and are confident and competent with heights.
After recent rain small streams flow into Love Creek, so care should be taken to remain on the main creek to avoid getting lost. The main creek is quite obvious, but generally speaking, head straight when small streams enter the main creek.
To return, simply retrace your steps.
Track: This is an off-track hike. While there is a relatively well-worn path some of the way to Cedar Creek Falls, the hike to Love Falls is all rock hopping. There is no signage on this walk.
Difficulty: This hike is recommended for experienced hikers only, with some navigation and considerable rock-hopping/scrambling skills required. There is a number of branches in the creek that need to be navigated and inexperienced hikers could become lost.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track which returns the way it came.
The trail starts from a small car park at the very end of Cedar Creek Road, in Cedar Creek, 1 hour drive north-west of Brisbane.
Parking is limited and the walk can be very busy, especially on weekends or during the warmer months, so it can fill up.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
An early start on a weekend or a weekday visit is advised.
The track is best completed after recent rain, however, this walk should not be completed too soon after recent rain, as Cedar Creek and Love Creek have a tendency to become swollen and may be prone to flash flooding, which would be incredibly dangerous.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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