Buderim Forest: Chasing Waterfalls on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is reputed for its magnificent beaches. But there’s a lot more than that to explore in this region. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a great alternative to the coast. And a little bit closer, only 10 minutes from Mooloolaba, you’ll find the Buderim Forest.

It’s a perfect place to wander during or after a rainy day. The walk takes you through the forest, along a creek, to lead you to beautiful cascades and waterfalls. If it was an effortless start on a boardwalk, it got slippery and uneven later on. Most people we met wore thongs only (Australian style, of course!), but I was glad I had better shoes, especially in the mud!

It had been raining a lot before we went there, so the cascades were full and beautiful. We did not spot much wildlife, which wasn’t too surprising considering the number of people on the track.

Allow 1.5-hour return walk from lower Lindsay Road carpark to you take your time and enjoy the beauty of the lush forest and waterfalls.


Unfortunately, many signs were indicating not to swim there. If you’re keen for a dip or a longer walk, have a look at Conondale National Park a bit further north. It may have the best rockpools of the Sunshine Coast!


buderim forest - sunshine coast 
buderim forest - sunshine coast  

buderim forest - sunshine coast 
buderim forest - sunshine coast  

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Where is Buderim Forest?


Buderim is only 10 minutes from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. It takes 1h15 minutes to drive there from Brisbane.


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