Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published August 1st 2016
I'm a Piscean and love water in all its forms, but I especially love the sound of a waterfall cascading down the rocks. It's true music to my ears and brings a tranquillity and peace to one's soul!
So far, I've managed to locate three on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, but I am hoping someone out there can point me in the 'water' direction to finding more. Who doesn't love the sound of water cascading over the rocks to form a rock pool, where one can either sit and listen to the sounds of nature. Or, if you're brave enough, immerse yourself in the fresh water.
We have Serenity Falls at Buderim Forest Park, which for me is always a favourite. The walk is fairly easy, though sturdy shoes are a must, as there are a lot of rock outcrops, which makes for uneven walking. However, the final result of coming to the Falls and the rockpool is always a 'vision'. If we've had recent rainfall, then the water from Serenity Falls creates its own orchestra. I especially like the fact that they have a very well maintained 600-metre boardwalk, which is great for littlies, and allows wheelchair occupants to enjoy the natural surrounds of the bush too.
We inadvertently came across Gardners Falls while exploring the Maleny area. We nearly missed the turn-off as the signage is somewhat on the small side. This is a very pretty picnic area with tables and plenty of sun-baking rocks and the best freshwater swimming around - or so I'm told - but being winter I wasn't too keen to try. These Falls are 45km west of Coolum Beach on the Obi Obi Creek with a short level walk downstream to the Falls. There were plenty of picnickers and sunbathers around and rope swings for those more-than-adventurous sorts and with parking available. I gathered this was a very popular spot for families and couples to immerse themselves in nature.
My favourite by far has been our visit to the Kondadilla Falls in the Blackall Range, offering the wonderfully scenic walks and rock pools at the bottom of the Falls. This was truly an idyllic location and one I would definitely return to again and again.
But, I'm sure there are many more waterfalls to be found on the Sunshine Coast - I just haven't located them yet.
I'd love you to share your local knowledge with me and let me in on the secret of where your favourite waterfall is? I'm prone to feeling a bit like 'a fish out of water' …