Okay, this is one of those walks that took us longer to get there, than to actually do the walk. Silly us, so dependant on modern-day technology, only to discover that once we reached this mountainous region, we were unable to pick up any mobile signal, so a GPS or paper map (how archaic!) is the more-essential accessory to have taken along.
We had decided rather than braving our way around the after-Christmas sales, a walk-about was far more appealing, and we weren't disappointed.
Welcome to Conondale National Park - Image: Elaine de Wet
Conondale National Park is in the rugged Conondale Range with lush green rainforests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and absolutely spectacular scenery. The Booloumba Falls walk showcases the park's stunning surrounds and a diverse variety of wildlife.
A 4WD high clearance vehicle is required for the creek crossings - Images: Elaine de Wet
Another very important piece of information I learned on arrival at the entrance to this breathtaking area is that only vehicles with high clearance four-wheel drive are able to access the roads - luckily for us, we didn't take my little car on this occasion. One has to drive through creeks, which I would imagine could get quite hectic, after heavy rains.
Cool off in the crystal clear mountain water - Images: Elaine de Wet
The reward of the Falls Walk is all worth it. You'll be immersed in the natural beauty of this remarkable, sprawling expanse as you follow a well-defined track through tall open forest and discover Booloumba Creek's cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. Admire The Breadknife from the Booloumba Gorge lookout, an impressive rock formation that marks the junction of Peters and Booloumba Creeks. Stunning water cascades giving you the the opportunity to cool off in the pristine crystal-clear mountain water with a swim at the base of the falls.
If a day-trip seems a bit overboard, why not indulge yourself with a camping trip at the Conondale National Park. There are numerous camping facilities available in this stunning area and were being well-utilised by families enjoying the spectacular surrounds.
Booloumba Creek Camping Areas 1 and 3 are both nestled in luxuriant rainforest. They are high clearance four-wheel-drive accessible and for tents only. Campervans, caravans or camper trailers are not permitted in these areas. Vehicle parking spaces are provided beside the road adjoining the campsites - expect to carry camping gear a short distance. Some wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided but assistance will be required to negotiate the grassed areas.
Booloumba Creek Camping Area 4 is located in a grassy open forest and has sites ideal for tents and large groups of people. It is also accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drives towing high-clearance caravans and camper trailers and high clearance four-wheel-drive camper vans.