BEST-KEPT SE­CRET OF THE SCENIC RIM

Cro­nan Creek Cas­cades are a thing of pure beauty

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - WITH ANN WA­SON MOORE

They don’t call it the Scenic

Rim for noth­ing.

Chock full of fab­u­lous pas­toral scenes, it’s also home to some of our best hid­den wa­ter­falls and se­cret wa­ter­holes.

One of the best – and most ac­ces­si­ble – is Cro­nan Creek Cas­cades, deep in the heart of Mt Bar­ney National Park.

The falls are lo­cated near the end of the Cro­nan Creek Track, which starts at the Yel­low Pinch Re­serve car park. A lovely 13km re­turn hike that takes you from open bush­land to rain­for­est, it’s a long walk but not dif­fi­cult.

There is one steep sec­tion near the start and nu­mer­ous creek cross­ings, some of which will re­quire you to get your feet wet – so bring spare socks.

Start by head­ing up the hill to­wards South Ridge, turn­ing left through the swing gate. When you reach the junction with a sign mark­ing the start of South Ridge, turn left and walk 3.5km along the fire trail.

Near the top of a shady uphill sec­tion, lis­ten for the wa­ter­fall to your left. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a lit­tle rock cairn in­di­cat­ing where to turn off. You’ll need to de­scend down into the creek (off track) for about 100m un­til you find it.

If you’re at the end of the fire trail then you’ve gone too far by a few hun­dred me­tres – turn around, lis­ten closely and then en­gage in that lit­tle bit of bush bash­ing. You’ll know you’ve ar­rived when you see one of the most per­fect wa­ter­fall swim­ming holes.

This deep (and cold) pool has a flat un­der­wa­ter rock shelf at both ends, one un­der the wa­ter­fall – al­low­ing you to sit or stand di­rectly un­der the cas­cad­ing wa­ter. The cliffs and trees pro­vide shade on one side and sunny spots on the other.

Pic­ture: @AN­DREW.MEADOWS7

The Cro­nan Creek wa­ter­fall will re­ward you with a beau­ti­ful spot to swim after your long walk.

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