Known as both Buderim Falls and Serenity Falls, this stunning spot on the Sunshine Coast hinterland is one of the must do South Queensland waterfalls.
Having only just moved back to Brisbane, I had a very big list of places to visit in the Southern Queensland region and Buderim Waterfall was sitting right at the top of it. On my first weekend free (after all the unpacking) I woke up early to hop into my car and tick this beauty off my list.
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How to get to Buderim Falls (Serenity Falls)
To get to Buderim Falls, I put Buderim Forest Park into Google Maps (map coordinates here). From Brisbane City, the drive to Buderim Forest Park took about an 1.25 hours. I left early in the morning (5:45am) in an attempt to get there early enough to have the waterfall all to myself and therefore experienced minimal traffic.
I was surprised to find Buderim Forest Park (and Buderim Waterfall) are located within suburbia, tucked away unassumingly at the end of a no through road. Upon arrival there are plenty of car parks available.
Buderim Falls (Serenity Falls) Rainforest Walk
Once parked, head towards the sign and entrance into Buderim Forest Park. The path is well sign posted.
As you can see there is also a number of picnic tables if you want to turn your waterfall adventure into a longer day.
Once you head down the path, you’ll soon come to a fork with two options to arrive at the waterfall. I took the shorter option (200m directly to Serenity Falls) to get to the waterfall quicker.
Along the way you come across a lookout (or what perhaps was a lookout when the trees weren’t as tall).
Arriving at this bridge (Serenity Bridge) signifies you have arrived at Buderim Falls/Serenity Falls. Woohoo!
You can view the waterfall from Serenity Bridge, or cross over the bridge and enjoy from ground level. Either option makes for stunning photos.
Yes, the water is that colour!
But also yes, the photos you’ve seen on Instagram have probably been adjusted to make it look far bluer than what it does. I visited on an overcast day and therefore it definitely wasn’t showing its colour at its full capacity. However, with or without the blue colour, this waterfall is stunning as is.
Buderim Falls is a popular waterfall, meaning it is likely you’ll find other people exploring at the same time as your visit. I arrived very early in the morning and there were still other people there on their morning walks, so something to keep in mind. Its popularity makes sense given how beautiful it is!
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