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A Trip To Cedar Creek Falls

Updated on July 11, 2012
One of the larger waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls.
One of the larger waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls. | Source

Cedar Creek Falls is a series of interconnected waterfalls and both shallow and deep clear water pools near Samford north-west of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The water running through Cedar Creek comes from Mount Glorious and eventually flows into the South Pine River and out into Bramble Bay. The area is secluded although there is retreat for tourists and group bookings. The waterfalls themselves are quite stunning although small compared with more famous waterfalls around the world.

When I went to take these photos the water wasn't running too fast but I still got some great shots from around the waterfalls. When I normally go out into a natural area I tend to take the most photos of plants, however here it was totally different. That's not to say there weren't interesting plants here, a couple of lovely old creek sandpaper figs full of fruit and a few native orchids caught my eye while I was walking. But what I was most drawn to was the rock formations and movement of the water around them and I directed my camera almost exclusively in their direction. It was amazing to think that the force of water flowing over the rocks for thousands of years had carved the unique geometric shapes that I was seeing around me.

On a Sadder Note

Unfortunately the popular deep water pools and seclusion of the area has also meant that the falls also attract their fair share of vandalism from miscreants. There were many empty cans and smashed bottles littering the rocks and surrounding bushland, probably from groups of young people who thought it'd be a good place to have a shindig.

Of an even sadder note however was the spray-paint graffiti left on the walls of some of the hollowed-out rock grottos, theses sites would have been important sheltering spots for the indigenous people of the area and it's rather infuriating to see natural areas being so carelessly damaged in this way. It was sometimes hard to take a particular photograph of a feature without accidentally capturing graffiti in the process.

I'm not a prude, I couldn't care less about someone spray-painting the back wall of a concrete factory along a railway line, but I think this site should instantly be able to be recognised as something special and treated with a little more respect by everyone who visits it.

Looking down at some of the large rocks.
Looking down at some of the large rocks.
Side-on of a small waterfall at Cedar Creek falls.
Side-on of a small waterfall at Cedar Creek falls.
Water running down the crevice between two rocks.
Water running down the crevice between two rocks.
Tiered small waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls.
Tiered small waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls.
Looking down the waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls.
Looking down the waterfalls at the Cedar Creek Falls.
I love the way the water blurs when moving fast, and the contrast of the fallen tree on the left of this shot.
I love the way the water blurs when moving fast, and the contrast of the fallen tree on the left of this shot.
A trickle of water over the rocks.
A trickle of water over the rocks.
Still pools at Cedar Creek Falls.  You can just make out some of the graffiti on the large rock in the top left of the photo.
Still pools at Cedar Creek Falls. You can just make out some of the graffiti on the large rock in the top left of the photo.
Water cascading over a low edge and change direction and speed rapidly.
Water cascading over a low edge and change direction and speed rapidly.
Interesting water movement.
Interesting water movement.
Some nice Lomandra growing by the waters edge.
Some nice Lomandra growing by the waters edge.
This strange, long, thin worm-like critter was swimming near the surface of one of the deep pools.  I wouldn't swim in there, but hey it's probably harmless.
This strange, long, thin worm-like critter was swimming near the surface of one of the deep pools. I wouldn't swim in there, but hey it's probably harmless.

Cedar Creek Falls Retreat at the top of the falls

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