Buderim Forest Park is a small rainforest reserve along Martins Creek. Serenity Falls, also known as Buderim Falls, is part way along the walk through the park.
There are two entrances to the park, with this brown sign covering the southern entrance starting at the Edna Walling Memorial Garden . The Harrys Lane entrance to Buderim Forest Park is at the northern end.
From the carpark, the walk starts near a picnic area. There are a couple of sheltered picnic tables and two free BBQs. Flushing toilets are located near the carpark with
From there, the walk immediately heads downwards. The southern entrance is a shorter walk to the falls, however, it also steeper and rougher going.
The path splits which can be used as a loop walk. Both head to the falls, one heading more directly to the falls and crossing Martin Creek along a high arch bridge overlooking the falls and waterhole, called Serenity Bridge. The other way crosses the creek further upstream and more gradually descends until it meets on the other side of Serenity Bridge.
Serenity Falls is beautiful, and the enclosed gully where it drops into feels cool and refreshing, even during the summer months. The water comes off an overhanging rock and the base behind the falls is above the level of the waterhole so you can walk behind to look through the back of the waterfall.
The waterhole is shallow enough for children to enjoy the cool water yet still deep enough for adults to enjoy it as well.
The walk continues downstream along Martin Creek. The path is not obvious immediately from the waterhole but it is quickly seen once you start heading down with platforms and stairs leading you in the right direction. It isn’t difficult but it is adventurous, crossing over the creek and scrambling over the rock ledges.
The water continues along shallow flat rock to another ledge with a smaller waterfall into a shallow waterhole. Looking downstream from the waterhole looks like an infinity pool as it continues over the next ledge. Looking upstream displays a cascade of small waterfalls looking upstream.
Martin Creek begins to settle and the path becomes easier as you continue along the creek, eventually reaching the boardwalk that takes you the rest of the way to the northern end of Buderim Forest Park .
To return to the carpark, the only option is to walk back the way you came. The walk isn’t a long way, probably taking less than 30 minutes each way if you don’t stop
With lots to admire and explore along the way, more time should be allowed, especially if you haven’t been before. In the summer months, you will want to allow some swimming time as well. It took us about 90 minutes to go one way, including a quick swim under the falls, and about 35 minutes for the return walk.
To get there:
If heading north on Bruce Hwy, take the Buderim exit (Exit 194) onto the Sunshine Mwy. Take the exit off the Sunshine Mwy for Buderim onto Tanawha Tourist
If heading south on Bruce Hwy, take the Forest Glen exit (Exit 200) onto Mons Rd. After about 500m, turn left at the lights towards Buderim to continue on Mons Rd. Continue on Mons Rd for 4.4km, becoming William St, and turn left onto Burnett St. Follow Burnett St 1.2km into Buderim, and turn left at the roundabout into Lindsay Rd. After 200m turn right into Quorn Cl with the brown sign for Buderim Forest Walk. Follow Quorn Cl for 450m and turn left with another brown sign. The parking area is 300m further on.
If on Sunshine Mwy around Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, take the Buderim exit onto Mooloolaba Rd and head towards Buderim. Follow Mooloolaba Rd for 3.1 km to a roundabout and continue straight ahead onto King St. Continue on King St into Buderim and turn right at the roundabout into Lindsay Rd. After 200m turn right into Quorn Cl with the brown sign for Buderim Forest Walk. Follow Quorn Cl for 450m and turn left with another brown sign. The parking area is 300m further on.
Food: Yes, restaurant at the entrance
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, with assistance to picnic area only