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Published October 2nd 2012
Buderim Falls a great little walk down to the most delightful fresh water swimming holes.
I found Buderim Falls by mistake a couple of years ago as I was finding my way around the local area.
Driving through Buderim I turned into Lindsay Road, Buderim Central, and driving along a little way saw a sign, Buderim Forest Park that suited me fine. I veered right into Quorn Close and found the carpark.
At the top of the walk there is a picnic area, a truly lovely spot to just sit and listen to nature. I was wishing I had my canvas and paint with me.
As I headed into the Rainforest along a well marked track I was delighted by the silence of nature and saw many different bird species I ambled along. Some way down the track I came across a foot bridge spanning the creek and as I stopped to have a look a snake swam lazily by. I was fascinated as I hadn't seen a snake in the wild before.
I spent time gazing into the water and saw some tiny fish.
I continued along the track and was taken in by the beauty of nature. Fallen trees made a wonderful garden for mosses, tree ferns and orchids sand not forgetting the Elk and Stag Horn.
It wasn't long until the sound of happy humans filled the air and you could hear them splashing about in the water.
There are several smaller waterfalls which create ideal swimming pools for the littlies to spash about in or have a look for scampi (we call them crawlies in NZ) and other water life.
Butterflies and birds flitting around give a magical feel to this spot.
After skipping across the rocks to the other side I made my way further down the track and soon came to the boardwalk which made much easier walking, and is wheel chair accessible.
As you walk along the boadwalk you will be delighted by the lazy waterway as it travels along beside you.
There are generally a few, Kookaburra watching cheekily from the trees. Strangler Figs, and myriad vine line the walk, and if you're lucky you will see some of the wonderful bird species that frequent the Forest.
At the end of the boardwalk you come out into a grassy park which has toilet facilities and barbecue area.
You'd never seen a snake in the wild before? Well, that must've been a bit of a thrill!! There are quite a few at my place. Your article made me want to revisit Buderim, as I haven't been there in years - and I enjoyed your art works that were inspired by the walk. Thanks.