Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published January 2nd 2013
Enjoy Tranquility Of Hinterland 15 Minutes From Beach
I'm constantly surprised by the natural wonders I find along the Sunshine Coast. More importantly, I'm taken back by how close they are to the rest of civilization. You don't have to go to the hinterland to enjoy nature, because chances are you drive by it every day on the way to work. I'm talking about the Buderim Forest Park. It's only a short drive from the centre of the Buderim township, and about 15 minutes from the coastline. It's so peaceful and tranquil out there, you'll feel like you're in a different part of the world, or at least in the hinterland, when you're in the forest.
Buderim Falls - not as spectacular as you may have in mind but still a beautiful place to be
The Buderim mountain was covered with forest when the first Europeans arrived to cut cedar in 1842. Most has since been cleared for houses and farms, and Buderim Forest Park is now a green oasis surrounded by development. It's a 45 hectare subtropical paradise of towering trees, cool streams and wonderful tracks.
Be sure to stop and take breaks, and take in the sights and sounds.
Take your time out here, there's plenty to see and hear. The walking track from entrance to entrance takes about 45 minutes one way, 1.5 hours return. Walking the circuit from Quorn Place entrance via the waterfall takes about 20 minute return. As you set foot in the park you'll hear Mother Nature playing her magic tune. In the distance, the gentle drip of the waterfall, and immediately above you, the birds.
Perfect place to relax after a walk through the forest
Follow the walk down to the falls - you'll have a couple of different options as to how you get there, but any way is fine. The path isn't level the entire way through so be careful. Also, keep an eye on the track for lizards and snakes, I almost trod on a goanna and a green tree snake, just to name a few. There are plenty of animals out there - paddymelons, gliders, black cockatoos and lorikeets just to name a few.
Watch where you walk - you never know who you'll come across.
The waterfall, known as Serenity Falls, is beautiful. Don't expect to see water cascading over the edge though, unless it's just rained cats and dogs. But even in a dry spell, this is a nice place to be. The water will trickle down into a pool of water below, which you can swim in at certain times of year. Above you'll see Serenity Bridge, it's a great platform for viewing the falls and grabbing a couple of shots.
You can follow the creek down here a bit but there's not much more to see - just more of the same. You will get the chance for plenty of beautiful photos around this place though. Once you've gone down the creek as much as you want to, head back and check out the waterfall from the bridge above. It's a beautiful site.
You could spend the entire day hanging around the creek.
If you've got time when you go out there, consider taking on the boardwalk. It's an elevated 500 metre walk framed by the tropical and subtropical trees. It's also wheelchair accessible and specially designed to allow visitors to enter the sensitive wet areas. You'll find access to the area at Lindsay Rd past an old Buderim house known as Harry's Restaurant.
Head back to the walk entrance at Quorn Place when you're done for the day, because in case you missed it before, there are a couple of tables, and even an electric BBQ. It's the perfect place to end your stroll through the park, and if you were lucky, a dip in the creek.