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Cedar Creek Falls Track

Gold Coast

Tamborine National Park


Distance (kms):

1.1 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

32 m

Max. elevation (m):

234 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A popular walk with a lookout over a multi-drop waterfall that cascades down a gorge to rock pools that are great for cooling down on a hot day.

This heavily trafficked, well-marked trail starts at the car park at the end of Cedar Creek Falls Road in Tamborine.

From the car park, it is a short stroll on flat paths to Cedar Creek Falls lookout, which is wheelchair accessible (some assistance may be required).

From the lookout, descend through eucalypt forest and dry rainforest past the cascading falls to the rock pools below, taking in views of the gorge.

There are a number of steps and switchbacks on the way to the pools and the return leg is all uphill. The section of track from the lookout to the rock pools is not suitable for wheelchairs.

There are toilets and a picnic area near the car park. No bins are provided so be sure to take your litter with you.

Note: For your safety, and the protection of the area, stay out of the restricted access areas and remain on the fenced walking track. This includes the area immediately above the waterfall and some of the upper rock pools. Penalties apply for ignoring the signs.

If swimming at one of the three permitted rock pools, use common sense and check for hazards. Also be careful on the rocks as they are often slippery. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred here.

Taking glass containers into the gorge and rock pool area is prohibited. Again, penalties apply.

Track: Pathed and well-signed, with steps and fencing at times, the track is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. The track to the lookout is suitable for wheelchairs (assistance may be required), but the section to the pools is not.

Be aware that the return leg is all uphill. Care should be taken at the rock pools, as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came.

getting there

The trail starts from the car park at the end of Cedar Creek Falls Road in Tamborine, 1 hour drive south of Brisbane.

The car park is a decent size, however the walk is very busy, especially on weekends, so it often fills up. Parking is prohibited along the road with parking inspectors regularly issuing fines for illegal parking.

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 Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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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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