Cedar Creek Falls
Tambourine National Park, Queensland, Australia
Below Cedar Creek Falls lie a series of plunge pools formed in natural amphitheatres of rock which send the water cascading downstream off smooth, slippery rocks. The surrounding rocks are flat and smooth and perfect for laying out in the sun. The three pools which are easily accessible from the track are open for swimming. There is another larger beautiful pool downstream and a couple more on the same stretch but these are closed for swimming for safety reasons. However, the three pools that are open are great for a dip and this is a stunning area with great potential for exploration.
How To Get There: Drive out of Eagle Heights heading west on Eagle Heights Rd. At the T-junction turn right on to Geismann Drive which becomes Tambourine Mountain Road. Just after the turnoff for Thunderbird Park, Turn right onto Cedar Creek Falls Road and follow it to the car park and picnic area at the end. From here head to the Cedar Creek Falls lookout and after enjoying the view walk 900m down a well managed tarmac path and over a wooden walkway which takes you to the first of the three pools where swimming is allowed.
Difficulty of access: 3/10 – It is a fairly easy walk down to the pools on a sealed path, although not recommended for strollers of wheelchairs. Access to the water is easy via sloping rocks, although these may be slippery after rain.
Opening Times/Seasons: The Cedar Creek section of the Tambourine National Park is only open during daylight hours for safety reasons. See here for opening times and seasons. To check which pools swimming is permitted in see here.
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities Nearby: There are grassy, shaded picnic areas up by the car park with free barbecues and toilets.
Other Activities: The lookout over the falls is very easy to access from the car park and wheelchair accessible.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: (Any historical sites, outstanding natural features etc.)
Wildlife: There are platypus in the creek and a large glowworm population at Curtis Falls. This is a beautiful area containing eucalypt forest and dry rainforest.
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Where to Camp: There is no camping in the Tambourine National Park itself although there are several private campgrounds in the area such as Tambourine Mountain Caravan and Camping and Thunderbird Park, both of which have their own swimming holes on the grounds.
Other places to Stay:
Nearby Towns: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Southport, Surfers Paradise.
Other Swimming Holes Nearby: Thunderbird Park, Killarney Glen, Numinbah Park, The Gorge, Lake Moogerah, Flannagan Reserve, Elabana Falls
Comments: The place may be very safe now but all the warning signs and closures feel quite restrictive and take away some of the natural freedom and charm the swimming holes have to offer. There is evidence of people going against the recommended restrictions. The danger is that if this continues all the pools will be closed and no-one will be able to swim. Also, some of the closures are to protect local wildlife such ad glowworms and platypus. This is a beautiful area with so much potential for amazing swimming for many people as it is so close to the Gold Coast. Perhaps if it begins to be treated with more respect and used wisely then the national parks will see fit to open up more of the pools.