Serenity Falls Swimming Hole
Buderim Forest Park, Qld, Australia
With the quiet babble of the creek and calls of the native birds, it’s little wonder that this tranquil spot has been dubbed Serenity Falls. Though this sub-tropical haven is just a 15 minute drive from the Buderim township, it feels a world away. The gentle trickle of the waterfall in the dry season turns into a rush of water cascading over the ledge after the rains, filling the shallow waterhole below. Float on your back to take in the view up the waterfall and beyond the rainforest canopy, or enjoy the lovely vantage point from the nearby arch bridge which overlooks the falls and swimming hole.
How To Get There: The falls are accessible from two ways. The first path is via Quorn Close, where the walk is 350 metres to the arch bridge that looks down over the falls and swimming hole. The second is from Harry’s Lane off Lindsey Road. From the car park, stroll along the 600m wooden boardwalk, which winds its way over the creek through the tall palms of the rainforest. The final 300 metres takes you over slippery rocks and tree roots.
Difficulty of Access: 5/10 Neither path is particularly difficult, though they both require a moderate level of fitness. The Quorn Close route is easier overall, but rather steep, so it’s not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. The Harry’s Lane path is easygoing along the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk, but the final, quite rugged part of the trail makes it the more adventurous way to arrive.
Opening Times/Seasons: All year.
Entrance Fee: Free.
Facilities Nearby: Both starting points have parking, toilets, picnic tables and barbecue facilities.
Other Activities: Bushwalking, bird-watching, heritage sites.
Wildlife: You’ll find myriad strangler figs and native vines in the Buderim Forest. The no-dog policy has also helped nurture the local bird population – listen closely for the songs of eastern whipbirds and catbirds.
Places to Eat: Located within a 120-year-old homestead in the rainforest, Harry’s on Buderim serves fine Australian cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. In Buderim town, you’ll find plenty to choose from on Burnett and Main streets, including sustainable eating house Hungry Feel and local favourite The Birds and the Beans Espresso Bar.
Where to Camp: Surrounded by the Glass Mountains, Coochin Creek camping area, 25 minutes’ south of Buderim, has wheelchair access, toilets and a picnic area. Campfires are permitted at the campground.
Other Places to Stay: You won’t find five-star resorts in Buderim, but there are a number of charming B&Bs, such as Arabella Guesthouse, and low-key well-priced motels like Fiesta Motel. For a more upmarket stay, try the luxury apartments at Oceans Mooloolaba Resort a 10-minute drive down the road.
Nearby Towns: Buderim, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba.
Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach.
Comments: A sub-tropical oasis just beyond the town limits.
Note: The Buderim Website advises that the creek which feeds the swimming hole passes through urban developments before reaching the falls. Take particular caution if you choose to swim here and keep an eye out for signs of pollution.