For the Nature Lovers who enjoy a walk in the rainforest, there is a little secret not far from home, in fact just 45 minutes from our beautiful Peninsula. This is a 45 hectare secluded oasis, hidden on the northern side of Buderim, less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village. This is a rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls.
I would highly recommend a trip to Buderim‘s rainforest. There are beautiful nature stone pathways through the forest, walkways and seating. The stunning cascading waterfall is breathtaking, it can be viewed either from the overhead walk-way or directly on the rocks below the falls.
I did the smaller half the circuit walk in 2 hrs this included time stopping to take photos. It can be challenging in parts so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility are required. There are 2 choices to go walking either a full loop or start at one end or other which makes the walk shorter.
There is no wheel chair access, in the car park area there are seats and the forest surrounds the car parks on both entry points so you could sit there and enjoy a snack or you could pack a picnic and sit on the side of one of the pathways and enjoy the cool air, breathing in nature at her finest.
The Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk is a delight for photographers and anyone looking to get in touch with nature, simply a wonderful way to enjoy nature.
Story by – Jenni Bennett
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Dogs are not permitted in Buderim Forest Park
FUNKY FACT: The bridge was lowered into place by a hovering helicopter after being built offsite!
Should you swim there?
The creek is spring-fed at the source, but passes through many urban developments and stormwater drains to reach the falls and beer bottles have been observed floating in the water, so who knows what is on the bottom, swimming is not advised.
A splendid walking trail has been developed from two entry points. The lower entry is off Lindsay Road via Harry’s Lane, while the second entry point is via Quorn Close, which runs off Lindsay Road at the top of Buderim. Both entries have their advantages and disadvantages and there is parking at both entry points, with most at the top Quorn Close entry.
The lower Lindsay Road entry
This begins with a car park overlooking grassy huge park, there are electric barbecues and picnic tables available. At the end of the short loop road, you will find an elevated wooden boardwalk, which carries you through the forest, criss-crossing Martins Creek at several spots. The boardwalk is excellent for disabled walkers and wheelchairs, but you will not be able to take a wheelchair to the falls area as is it too steep. In addition, after the board walk there are challenges which may also impact on any walking disability.
Keep following this trail and the reward is a sensational wander through serene bushland along the creek, past babbling cascades and ultimately to the Buderim Falls.
The upper Quorn Close entry
The upper entry point at the base of Quorn Close has a good amount of parking and a memorial garden in memory of Edna Wallings. Edna is famous for creating many gardens around the world and actually retired here to Buderim in Lindsay Road. Also at the top you will find picnic tables and barbeque facilities. Walk past the picnic area and the dirt path takes you through a reasonably steep bush walking trail, which is OK for people with moderate fitness, but is not accessible for wheelchairs and strollers etc. The paths take you straight to the Buderim Falls and the high arch bridge spanning the creek above the actual falls. This is a very popular and beautiful spot.