Waking early to grey skies and imminent rain, my friend Tegan and I dressed and set off for a day amongst the green. Heading south, we had plans to get lost in the Gold Coast hinterland chasing waterfalls and exploring the bushland.
To prep us for our day of adventure, we stopped in at Canungra for a feed. Picking out a table at Café Metz, we ate a breakfast of sweet potato crepes and fruit salad amongst real life cow girls and Harley paraphernalia plastered over the walls.
As we made our way back to the car, the rain arrived, and we hoped it wouldn’t wash our plans away. Taking hills and winding roads, we made our way to Killarney Glen. Parking at the top, just off the road, the rest of the journey would be on foot so we packed up our supplies and set off towards the track.
We’d read a suggestion online to head down the 4WD road, and come back up via the walking track, so this is where we went! Closed off to traffic, we had the entire track to ourselves, navigating down steep hills and uneven ground with a few slips (but no spills), stopping now and then to take in the views below.
The rain had stopped, but we decided the wet and the grey skies made for a pretty perfect setting for the trip. The trees seemed greener, the ground a little damp and the cool on our skin was a treat as we got further on our walk.
Soon we came to a clearing, and the sound of water running over and off rocks. After a short, but somewhat testing walk, we’d made it to the waterfall and the weather had held off any crowds of people meaning we only shared the beautiful space with a handful of others out braving the weather.
Stripping off and dipping into the cold fresh water, we squealed, held our breaths and went under. Floating on our backs, beneath tree canopies, with no sound other than a few native birds, rustling leaves and water flowing – we spent these next moments just soaking up the serenity. Soon we were off upstream, making our way over slippery rock surfaces and scattered river stones towards the narrow opening to the Killarney Glen Waterfall that we’d seen from above.
Swimming about inside the heart shaped cavern, we propped ourselves up on a small ledge at the waterfalls base and let the heavy stream massage our heads and backs. After some minutes alone, blue skies began to peak through the clouds and more people showed up. Soon those braver than us were jumping down from above while others watched on for the show.
Where and When:
- Killarney Glen is a property at Beechmont, with the Killarney Falls and gorge just a short 2.5km walk from the top. The Australian Defence Force owns and operates on this property, so there may be times when the track is closed due to army training. However, most weekends and public holidays it is open to the public.
- You’ll find a small sign for Killarney Glen along Beechmont Road.