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Waterfalls Near Brisbane Perfect for a Day Trip with Kids

Did you just google ‘waterfalls near me?’ Are you wondering if there any waterfalls in Brisbane to visit? Are you also wondering if you can swim in these waterfalls?

Well!! We can answer that for you!!

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the best spots to get a glimpse of the beauty of nature in these waterfalls near Brisbane. Click through as all of the headings are clickable and on the next rticle you will find the video review for each one!

Waterfalls in Brisbane and waterfalls near Brisbane

Can you imagine anything more beautiful than taking the family, a picnic blanket and some delicious food and relaxing in a natural setting with a gorgeous waterfall providing the backdrop? Paints a nice picture doesn’t it!

We’ve collected together all of our articles that references where waterfalls in Brisbane can be found. We’ve tried to include all the waterfall in Brisbane, near Brisbane and in the South-East corner of Queensland, but, as always, if you can think of any that we’ve missed let us know so we can update our listing.

So please… go chasing waterfalls!

Buderim Falls & Forest walk

Buderim Falls with kids

Just a short drive north of Brisbane, you will find the beautiful Buderim Falls also known as the Serenity Falls Buderim. Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare rainforest housing wildlife, a babbling creek, multiple waterfalls of various sizes and gorgeous green plants and trees to ensure you get your nature fix appeased while you walk. The waterfall area was purchased and is managed by the Sunshine Coast Council.

Springbrook Waterfalls

Springbrook Natural Bridge

Follow the link on the heading above to find out all about the waterfalls in this region. We’ve provided a glimpse of what each of the walking trails will look like along with their difficulty grading – an important thing to know when hiking with little ones!

These are some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Brisbane surrounds. The Natural Bridge, Purling Brook Falls and the Twin Falls provide a wonderful outlook in the Gold Coast hinterland region. Truly spectacular.

Cedar Creek, Samford


Our link will take you to a behind the scenes look at what this traditional waterfalls in Brisbane family spot is like. Northside families have long been aware of this spot – it’s a firm favourite! The falls themselves are quite small (comparatively at least) but the swimming, exploring and lounging options make this a great choice for Brisbane families.

Booloumba Falls, inland Sunshine Coast

Conondale National Park - Booloumba Creek, Queensland

Set the GPS in a north-westerly direction to find this gorgeous, untapped spot for waterfalls in Brisbane surrounding area as this is one of the waterfalls Sunshine Coast is known for! Our article (found in the heading above) provides a very detailed picture of what to do, expect and where to go to see nature work her magic. We’ve even got info about camping if you’d like to extend your stay!

Currumbin Rock Pools and waterfalls

currumbin rock pools swimming gold coast fun

This write up from our Gold Coast editor goes into detail about the natural beauty of this area – which includes some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Brisbane surrounding’s areas – waterfalls Gold Coast style.

This is quite the family-friendly spot but, be warned, the swimming holes are not patrolled by lifeguards. Any actions your family takes in this area is completely at your own risk (something to consider if you’ve got little explorers). This is a gorgeous spot that still draws the warmth of the sun all through the year – making it a perfect choice for local families.

Kondalilla Waterfall

Kondalilla Swimming holes near Brisbane Day Trip from Brisbane

Kondalilla Falls is located near Montville, and another waterfall that Sunshine Coast folks know well in their hinterland. The swimming hole is easily accessible and only a few minutes’ walk from the car park.

It is large and lusciously green with a 4m cascade, all great for swimming with kids as long as you keep a watchful eye. The best part is that it is only a few minutes’ walk from the car park along a reasonably steep, but manageable decent. Find out more by clicking of the heading.

Coomba Falls

Coomba Falls is a waterfall located 2 km east of the small town of Maidenwell in the South Burnett Region of Queensland

This piece is from one of our writers who took a family adventure holiday to the Bunya Mountains. The gorgeous waterfalls up there are one of many wonderful things your family could do in this often over-looked destination. This is the perfect spot to slow down, spend a little time and take it all in. Consider this swimming hole for your next family trip!

Gardners Falls, near Maleny

Waterfalls in Brisbane

This article will provide you with information about, in our opinion, some of the best waterfalls in Brisbane surrounding areas to take littler kids to. This picturesque spot is almost TOO beautiful and an easily achievable day trip for Brisbane families. Our overview has all kinds of information – from what to bring to where to park. Make sure you check it out!

Waterfalls in Brisbane and surrounding areas

That was such a relaxing article to write – surely I’ve missed some beautiful spots! Let us know in the comments so we can keep this resource growing. What a perfect way to get the kids out from behind their screens!

This article was published in Issue 27 of our print magazine, April/May 2018.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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