Obi Obi Creek, Maleny, Nr Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
This is a reasonably large, deep pool with several rope swings below the small but perfectly formed Gardners Falls. It’s very easy to access from the road making it a popular spot. The pool is surrounded by tall trees and there’s a reed bed along the far bank which bends around to form the lower edge of the pool. Obi Obi Creek, which is the largest catchment of the Mary River, continues meandering down from here. Closest to the path there are a few small rope swings and on the opposite earthy bank are some higher ones for the big kids among us. Don’t forget to always check for water depth and underwater debris before jumping as this can change day to day.
How To Get There: Drive south-east out of Maleny on the Maleny-Lansborough Road and turn left onto Obi Lane after 4km. Park at the end of Obi Lane and the path to the swimming hole can be seen from the road.
Difficulty of access: 3/10 – The path down to Gardner’s Falls is paved but has been flood damaged so is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. It is short, flat walk to the falls and pool.
Opening Times/Seasons: All day/All year
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities Nearby: There are no facilities nearby. The closest public toilets are in the picturesque town of Maleny where you can also buy picnic supplies.
Other Activities: The Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a little way downstream with a spa, cooking school and restaurant.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: Maleny is a picturesque little town with an interesting mix of older residents and a newer hippie/greenie culture. The Barung Landcare Association hosts an annual Bunya Festival to celebrate the Bunya harvest and commemorate the loss of many sacred Bunya trees to the first white settlers. Information can be found on the Barung Landcare website. Maleny is also home to the Woodford Folk Festival and is generally a bustling hub of activity so there will usually be something going on.
Wildlife: Plenty of birdlife to be seen in quieter moments.
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Where to Camp: There is camping further up Obi Obi Creek at the Maleny Showground as well as a little further out of town at the Ocean View Tourist Park. If you’re looking for something a little wilder, the Conondale National Park has several campsites along Booloumba Creek, which is another beautiful wild swimming spot.
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Nearby Towns: Maleny, Montville, Sunshine Coast, Noosa.