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Published January 13th 2019
Lift your mood in one of Cedar Creek's natural
When it's time to cool off in a natural playground, you don't have to drive quite so far to reach this particular stretch of Cedar Creek.
Rock pools at the Brisbane end of Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek is well known for its picturesque rock pools and swimming holes and this section is one of the closest places to access it from Brisbane. The most heavily visited sections are further away but this less popular park has its own particular charms.
For starters, it's quicker to get there. Edward D Allison Park is in Eatons Hill, 26km north-west of Brisbane's city centre, and 10 minutes northeast of Samford.
After parking and descending the gravel track to the large open grassed area, at first there's no creek to be seen.
But hidden behind the large trees fringing the grass are the winding banks of this peaceful creek.
Mini cascades for sliding down or racing leaves
You won't be doing laps here but rock hopping, paddling, and watching the birds and animals are some of the timeless and relaxing ways adults and kids can enjoy the natural environment.
Finished doing that? Catch fish or tadpoles, go down the rock "water slides", race leaf boats down the mini waterfalls, skip stones, build things with rocks...the numerous options are a great reminder of how healthy nature play is so for kids' creativity and mental health.
Fish, eels, crayfish, water birds and tadpoles are just a few of the creatures to admire and learn about.
Just be aware the rocks can be slippery, so stay close to young kids.
Large grassed area for picnics and letting kids amok
As well as splashing about in the creek there's plenty of space on the grass for a picnic and to kick a footy. In keeping with the au naturel theme, there are no facilities here. Be sure to BYO water.
Large trees shade some of the creek and the grassed area, but the rest of the park is open and sunny, so also pack the sunscreen and shady clothes required.