Cedar Creek Falls (Samford)
Allow 0.5-2 hrs
Elevation gain (m):
Max. elevation (m):
Moderate (Grade 4)
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A great introductory off-track hike up Cedar Creek in Samford, rock hopping past lovely small falls and cascades to a beautiful waterfall and rock pool.
This heavily 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 to the main falls.
After approximately 15-30 minutes of rock hopping, you should arrive at Cedar Creek Falls.
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.
You can also climb to the top to the falls via the rock face or a dirt track to the right of the falls.
To return, simply retrace your steps. Avoid a path that heads up the hill from the falls, as this is a path to the private retreat.
Track: Technically an off-track hike, however there is a well-worn path some of the way. The walk follows the creek, with no branches of the creek to navigate, making it near impossible to get lost. That said, there is no signage on this walk.
Difficulty: This hike is recommended for semi-experienced hikers with some rock-hopping and scrambling skills required, however could be completed by all fitness and experience levels with patience and care.
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.
When parking, be respectful of the nearby residents in the area - do not park dangerously or block the road or driveways.
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 has 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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