The most picturesque (Instagram-able) waterfalls in the Scenic Rim

Don’t go chasing them – or, actually, do. Just pack lunch, a camera and an extra pair of socks because you’ll be surrounded by water in the rainforest all day. Bring friends and indulge in adventurous selfies around the best waterfalls in the, ahem, scenic Scenic Rim. Allow an hour from the Gold Coast and 90 minutes from Brisbane.

Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park

A straightforward, not too difficult hike will get you to the Elabana Falls in Lamington National Park. A 3.5km walk each way and a little scramble over rocks in the creek will get you the best Instagram angle but you can also view it just fine for tourist reasons from the track.

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range National Park

Another plunge waterfall, Queen Mary Falls is accessible through a leisurely stroll that takes about 40 minutes all up. From the Queen Mary Falls lookout, you’ll be able to see Spring Creek as it pours over the cliffs into the bed 40m below. Feel the cool spray of the falls in summer but take care on the causeway if it’s wet.

There’s even cabin accommodation and a caravan park nearby – just don’t take them up the approach.

Cronan Creek’s Secret Falls, Mt Barney National Park

About 100m off the beaten path – literally – you’ll find Cronan Creek’s Secret Falls. From the Yellow Pinch Reserve, follow the Cronan Creek Track past stunning views of the Great Dividing Range and Mt Barney. Pack spare socks and a camera for this 13km, rour-hour roundtrip.

Morans Falls, Lamington National Park


To reach Morans Falls, a plunging waterfall, follow the descending track about a kilometre back from the O’Reilly’s car park. Adventure through a sub-tropical rainforest of booyongs, figs and brush box along the well-marked track. Visit the clearing or the lookout – or both.

Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

In the heart of Tamborine Mountain, Curtis Falls is fed by Cedar Creek all year round. This circuit is the quintessential Mt Tambo walk at 1.5km and only half an hour in total. Double this with the Joalah Lower Creek Circuit and a trip just after heavy rainfall for the best, leisurely social content.

Lip Falls, Beechmont

Once a secluded gem, word’s inevitably spread about Lip Falls. From 44 Doncaster Rd, Beechmont, park roadside and take the 3km track near the donation box down to Denham Falls. The path is well-defined courtesy of avid locals but sections are steep and narrow beside deep gorges – keep the kids close.

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

An iconic landmark, the Natural Bridge is a short 1km clockwise circuit that descends through ancient rainforest, across Cave Creek and into the cave with the waterfall plunging down. At night, take yourself on a glow-worm tour of the cave but make sure not to expose them to torches, bright lights, smoke or fire.

Purling Brook Falls, Springbrook National Park


The Purling Brook Falls circuit begins in the Gwongorella picnic area in Springbrook National Park. This track’s easier to walk clockwise but make sure you keep clear of the edge. The 4km circuit can be extended with a visit to the Warringa Pool – another 2km. Sections of these tracks are part of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk – don’t do this if you’re unprepared.

Coomera and Yarrabilgong Falls, Lamington National Park

Off the Coomera Circuit, the Coomera and Yarrabilgong Falls are a 17.5km return trip that’ll take between five and eight hours, depending on how leisurely you feel. Wind down into the Coomera Valley itself and pack lunch or a picnic for a picturesque way to spend the day.

Mirror Falls, O'Reilly's

A huge 20km trek, Mirror Falls is a proper day trip and a physical investment. Starting from O’Reilly’s, you’ll be tired and sore the day after but the views are totally worthwhile. This one’s part of the Albert River Circuit.

Chalahn Falls, Lamington National Park

On the Tooloona Creek Circuit, the Chalahn Falls walk to and from O’Reilly’s is roughly 10.5km. Creek crossings mean you should prepare to wade if you can’t rock hop. The track can degrade in heavy rain, and you’ll have to scramble over fallen trees too, but it’s the perfect spot for a picnic and a photo sesh.

Brown Falls, Killarney

Set against a basalt wall, Brown Falls is a 15m waterfall set 600m down Spring Creek Rd. As per usual, you’ll have to scramble over rocks and walk along a stream bank. It’s one of three falls along the track. Despite the short distance, allow about 40 minutes return. Also keep an eye – and a lens – out for platypuses. 

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