Gareth | Visual Storyteller
The Gold Coast is so commonly known for its sun, sand and surf – and for good reason. But the enchanting hinterland and the waterfalls within are often overlooked… For those who want to explore the Gold Coast beyond its iconic beaches, here’s my list of the top 10 waterfalls.
1. Lip Falls
This waterfall is one of Beechmont’s greatest not-so-secret secrets. The waterfall is located in the Denham Reserve on Back Creek, Beechmont. It is a steep hike – roughly 3km return – starting from Doncaster Rd.
2. Killarney Glen
Killarney Glen can be found further downstream from Lip Falls, just off Beechmont Road, between Beechmont and Canungra. A street sign marks where the 2.5km walk to Killarney Glen starts. I recommend taking the old 4wd track on the way down to the falls and then heading back up via the walking track. The Australian Defence Department owns and uses this property as a buffer zone for the Canungra Land Warfare Centre, and access to this waterfall may sometimes be closed due to the army training nearby. But on most weekends and school holidays it is open to the public.
3. Curtis Falls
This popular waterfall is found in the gorgeous Mount Tamborine area. It is a short and easy walk to the spot and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
4. Natural Bridge
One of the most incredible sights to see on the Gold Coast is Natural Bridge in the Numinbah Valley. There is a paved circuit that takes you above, below and around the beautiful spot. The best time to go is in the late afternoon so you can stay until the sun has gone down and see the incredible glow worms as they light up the cave.
5. Coomera and Yarrabilgong Falls
This incredible lookout over the Coomera Gorge is found in the Binna Burra section of the Lamington National Park. The walk to this lookout is an 8km return trip and is one of the most spectacular views in Lamington National Park.
6. Morans Falls
Morans Falls is a great place to sit, relax and watch the sun set. This place, while still in the Lamington National Park, is in the Green Mountain section. Getting to Morans Falls is a rather easy 4.6km return walk, and the entrance to the track is just down the main road from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
7. Box Log Falls
Box Log Falls is one of many waterfalls you will pass along the Box Forest Circuit, which starts from the O’Reilly’s Carpark. The Circuit is 10.6km hike – but rest assured, it is well worth the effort.
8. Elabana Falls
This waterfall is one of the most stunning waterfalls in the Lamington National Park. It is an 8km return trip making up part of the Box Forest Circuit. If you’re feeling up to it, walk a little further down to see the Box Log Falls.
9. Mirror Falls
Mirror Falls is one of many incredible waterfalls along the Albert River Circuit. The hike starts at O’Reilly’s and is 20.6km long, but the enchanting sight of the falls make it all worthwhile.
10. Chalahn Falls
Chalahn Falls is the star attraction within the Lamington National Park. This amazing waterfall is found about halfway through the Toolona Creek Circuit. The circuit is 17.4km long and starts from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.