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Gorge Falls

Gold Coast

Tallebudgera Valley


Distance (kms):

4.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

113 m

Max. elevation (m):

223 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 5)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A great introductory off-track hike up Tallebudgera Creek, through a beautiful gorge, to an impressive waterfall and rock pool.

This moderately trafficked hike starts from a small car park at the end of Tallebudgera Creek Road.

Pass through the gate and follow the path over three main creek crossings. You might stumble across private property – remember to be respectful.

Once you get to the third main creek crossing, follow the light track directly upstream, following Tallebudgera Creek, or alternatively rock hop up the creek.

After approximately 30 minutes, you will reach a fork in the creek. Take the left branch and keep walking/rock hopping for a couple of hundred metres to reach Gorge 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.

There is also a short but very steep side-track just before the base of the falls to the top of the falls and a small cave.

To return, simply retrace your steps.

Track: Technically an off-track hike, however there is a well-worn path some of the way. The walk follows the creek, with only one branch to navigate, making it difficult, but not impossible, to get lost. 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.

getting there

The trail starts from a small car park at the very end of Tallebudgera Creek Road, in Tallebudgera Valley, 1.5 hours drive south of Brisbane.

Parking is limited and the walk can be busy, especially on weekends and 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 Tallebudgera Creek has a tendency to become swollen and may be prone to flash flooding, which would be incredibly dangerous.

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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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