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Buderim Falls (Serenity Falls)

Sunshine Coast

Buderim Forest Park


Distance (kms):

2.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

72 m

Max. elevation (m):

117 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A very popular walk that offers much more than just the main falls, with a number of additional smaller cascades and a beautiful rainforest boardwalk.

This heavily trafficked, well-marked trail in Buderim Forest Park starts at the car park and meanders just a couple hundred metres into the forest to a constructed footbridge in front of the falls.

While Buderim Falls, or Serenity Falls as they are colloquially known as by most locals, is undoubtedly the highlight of this walk, there is much more on offer on this track.

After having a swim at the base of the main falls, continue along the track downstream, passing a couple of lovely smaller falls, before crossing the river and joining a gravel track.

These smaller falls provide additional swimming spots if the main falls are crowded, which they often are.

The gravel soon turns to a spectacular wooden boardwalk that winds through towering palms and crosses the bubbling creek multiple times.

The track finishes at a restaurant and park, at which point you can enjoy those facilities, or return by retracing your steps.

Track: Graded and well-signed, with steps, railings and a wooden boardwalk for the majority of the track, making it easy to follow. There is a small descent and ascent into and out of the forest, but this is very gradual.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be taken at the creek crossing as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.

Direction: The track is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came, however there is a loop at the upper section around the main falls which starts shortly into the walk. If wanting to see the entire track, anti-clockwise is recommended, however there is minimal features on the short loop, so clockwise will get you to the falls quicker.

getting there

The trail starts from the car park area at the end of Quorn Close in Buderim, 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.

Parking is ample, however the walk can be very busy, especially on weekends, 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.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however be sure to check the forest park website for updates regarding flooding and track closures, especially given the creek crossing on this walk.

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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. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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