There’s nothing more exhilarating (and calming) than being deep in the heart of a lush rainforest with your camera, freezing in time the cascading movement of a waterfall.
Intrigued? Pack the tripod and venture to these 10 waterfalls for epic photography goodness in South East Queensland.
KONDALILLA FALLS – KONDALILLA NATIONAL PARK, SUNSHINE COAST
Just outside Montville, the park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 metres into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, describes this park’s waterfall during the summer wet season.
SERENITY FALLS – BUDERIM FOREST PARK, SUNSHINE COAST
Ah, the serenity. Tranquil by name (and by nature), Serenity Falls is the jewel of the subtropical paradise of Buderim Forest Park.
Plunging into a gorgeous rock pool, this fall is one of the prettiest and most accessible. Be sure to journey down Serenity Bridge which spans the lower part of the pool and a panoramic view of the falls and the cave behind.
JC SLAUGHTER FALLS AND SIMPSON FALLS – MT COOT-THA, BRISBANE
How about two for the price of one?
Enter JC Slaughter and Simpson Falls. Popular for barbeques and picnics (and even a game of cricket), make a day of it and soak up Mother Nature all day long. Pro tip: the best time to capture these falls in all their splendour is after a decent amount of rain for the ultimate money shot.
CURTIS FALLS – MT TAMBORINE, GOLD COAST
Venture to the heart of Tamborine Mountain National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland and you will find Curtis Falls.
Walk the kilometre-long Curtis Falls track through eucalypt forest to lush rainforest and take in the breathtaking view from the viewing platform overlooking the large rock pool. For that picture perfect shot, step out onto the surrounding columnar basalt rock face for an up-angle to capture the entire fall.
TWIN FALLS – SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK, GOLD COAST
What’s better than two for one? Identical falls cascading in perfect harmony.
Perched high in the Gold Coast Hinterland is Springbrook National Park, a World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia Park, you will find Twin Falls. Perfect for balanced photos with perfect symmetry, these falls will delight the most detail orientated of photographers.
CHALAHN AND ELABANA FALLS – LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, GOLD COAST
Rugged mountain scenery, tumbling waterfalls, sub-tropical rainforest, a menagerie of wildlife and some of the best bushwalking in Queensland is what makes the Green Mountain section of Lamington National Park (AKA a prime spot to snap a snap).
The Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O’Reilly. Access to all of these waterfalls starts at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, a privately-owned resort, located at the end of Lamington National Park Road.
Elabana Falls (above) is easily the most photographed in the park and it’s not hard to see why. For the more adventurous, follow the stunning Tooloona Creek Circuit up to the gorge alongside Toolona Creek to the breathtaking Chalahn Falls.
BROWN’S FALLS – MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK, SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COUNTRY
Two hours south-west of Brisbane or half an hour from Warwick is Main Range National Park, home to Brown Falls.
Just outside the township of Killarney along the aptly named Falls Drive you’ll discover four beautiful waterfalls – Queen Mary, Daggs, Teviot and Browns Falls.
Access to the falls is possible by walking the (sometimes tricky) 600 metres up the creek from the Browns Picnic Area. But, take our word for it. You will definitely be rewarded with the stunning sight of water plunging 15 metres over basalt columns into the valley below.