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Chase amazing views with these waterfalls near Brisbane

Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, is not only known for its urban charm, bustling waterfront and vibrant nightlife but also for its breath-taking natural wonders. Nestled within the scenic landscapes surrounding the city, you'll find a range of stunning waterfalls that offer a refreshing escape from city life.

Immerse yourself in nature and journey with us to some of the most enchanting waterfalls near Brisbane.

Booloumba Falls 

Situated within the rugged Conondale Range is Booloumba Falls—a hidden gem that rewards adventurers with several stunning waterfalls. The falls can be found along the Booloumba Falls Walk, a 3km trek through lush rainforests and rambling creeks. The track features a series of cascades, waterfalls and rock pools, and an impressive rock formation known as The Breadknife, where Peters and Booloumba creeks meet. 

Cougal Cascade

Venture south of Brisbane and you'll find Cougal Cascade nestled in Springbrook National Park that forms part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. This picturesque Brisbane waterfall can be reached via a quick and easy 1.6km walking trail, which winds its way through subtropical rainforest. The waterfall can be observed from a wooden viewing platform and for the more adventurous, it is possible to climb down to the swimming hole for a cool rainforest dip.

Purling Brook Falls 

Located on the other side of Springbrook National Park is Purling Brook Falls, one of the most mesmerising waterfalls on our list. This 108m single drop waterfall is located on a well-marked 4km circuit trail over a suspension bridge and through ancient rainforest. The view of spectacular Purling Brook Falls, the towering cliff and surrounding forest is well worth the challenging trek.

Purling Brook FallsImage Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Curtis Falls 

Situated just one hour from Brisbane in the lush Tamborine National Park is Curtis Falls, a tranquil waterfall surrounded by untouched rainforest. The falls can be found on the Curtis Falls track, a short 1km journey through ferns and towering flooded gums. The waterfall is also home to a colony of glow worms so can only be viewed from a nearby platform. Nature-lovers will be able to spot fish, eels and a local platypus in the rock pool below.

Curtis FallsImage Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Cedar Creek Falls 

Located a short 10-minute drive from Curtis Falls is Cedar Creek Falls, another Mount Tamborine must-see waterfall. The waterfall is found on a 1.1km walking trail with a viewing platform located halfway along the track. The final descent is a little more challenging but explorers can enjoy a delightful dip in the rock pool sitting at the waterfall’s base. There is also a picturesque picnic area at the start of the trail so be sure to pack lunch or afternoon tea. 

Cedar Creek FallsImage Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Kondalilla Falls 

Hidden away in the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Kondalilla Falls is a must-visit destination for nature-lovers and waterfall chasers. The waterfall is located on a 4.8km walking track through towering fig trees and rich flora and fauna, making it one of the top waterfall hikes near Brisbane. While a breath-taking sight year-round, Kondalilla Falls and its impressive rock pool is best enjoyed during the spring and summer months. 

Kondalilla National ParkImage Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Where to stay in Brisbane

Looking for the perfect base in Brisbane to explore the surrounding national parks and waterfalls near Brisbane? Crystalbrook Vincent, located in the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, is a 5-star boutique hotel featuring a range of luxury rooms and suites, sustainable amenities and a rooftop pool and restaurant with views across Brisbane River and the city.