Beating the heat is easy in the Scenic Rim, with an abundance of rushing waterfalls, crystal-clear creeks and pools to make a splash in this summer. Perks of living in such a lush part of the world! Carry on reading to find some of the best places to have a paddle – all within an hour of Benobble Heights.
Cedar Creek Falls, Tamborine National Park
Cedar Creek Falls is just 20 minutes from Benobble Heights and a short walk from Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain – the perfect place to find respite on a hot summer’s day! Here, you can swim directly under the waterfall to immerse yourself in the cascading fresh water.
If you’d like to fit in some family fun pre-swim, Thunderbird Park has heaps of adventure activities on offer. Play laser skirmish in the jungle, tackle the high ropes course at TreeTop Challenge, ride on the canyon flyer or play a round of golf on the mini-golf course.
Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park
This Insta-worthy waterfall is worth the walk! Found on the Box Forest Circuit, the stroll to the falls will take you through lush rainforest before you arrive at your spectacular destination. To return home, visitors can retrace their steps back to base or continue on the full 10.9km circuit for a real workout.
Kerry Valley Secret in The Lost World
If you fancy a little staycation this summer, you can always opt to put up camp beside the pristine Stockyard Creek at Kerry Valley Secret.
Park your caravan or pitch a tent amongst silky oaks and ironwood trees, with a creek to your side and views of Lamington National Park scenery all around.
Here, the Albert River swimming hole is just a short stroll from your campsite. Or for some calmer splashing the kids will love, enjoy nature play in the babbling Stockyard Creek.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park
Just by visiting O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, you’ll instantly feel cooler, with temperatures known to sit eight degrees cooler than the coast!
Located in Lamington National Park, this lush spot offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Lost World Valley. Book an overnight stay and soak in the views from the mountain-top infinity pool!
For something more active, grab your walking shoes to explore the many streams, cascades and waterfalls peppered throughout Lamington National Park.
And, of course, enjoy a refreshing beverage at the Rainforest Bar while you watch the sunset over the valleys below.
Head to one of the Scenic Rim’s five public pools
For an easy and playful way to cool off this summer, you can always visit one of the five public pools throughout the Scenic Rim region.
Beaudesert Pool offers a 50-metre pool, wading pool and toddler splash park the kids won’t want to leave.
The 25-metre public pools in Boonah, Rathdowney, Canungra and Tamborine Mountain also offer a range of child-friendly facilities, from children’s play areas to small toddler pools to Mum and Bubba classes and swimming lessons.