Cedar Creek Falls is an absolute must visit location in the Whitsundays. Hidden away, it’s a natural treasure that you may not be lucky enough to come across unless you hear about it from a local, but it’s definitely an experience we recommend for our fellow adventurers out there!
Getting there is a bit of a drive, but well worth it! However, due to camping restrictions, we recommend it as a day trip. If it happens to rain on your visit to the Whitsundays, court that as a blessing because we also recommend visiting the falls after it’s been raining—the waterfall runs beautifully after some heavy rainfall!
On your way to Airlie Beach, there is a turn off that heads to Conway Beach—you’ll want to follow this road. You’ll eventually come across a turnoff to Saltwater Creek Road, which will take you to Cedar Creek Falls Road and Cedar Creek Falls itself!
A car or campervan is best for the trip, as there isn’t very much space for caravans once you arrive. Unless it’s been raining heavily or it’s a school holiday period, it’s not usually too crowded so space shouldn’t be a big issue overall.
It’s an easy, safe and short walk from the carpark down to the falls, where you’ll be greeted by the natural rainforest air, bushland sights and a stunning waterfall, swimming hole and river bed! It’s a true oasis of freshwater, and the refreshing cool temperature is perfect in contrast to the tropical heat.
There’s a lot to do at Cedar Creek Falls—everything from swimming in the waterhole to trekking along the bushwalking tracks and snapping photos of the wildlife! There are a couple of scenic dirt tracks that head up and around the waterfall, surrounded by beautiful white cedar trees, Alexandra Palms and wild orchids. You’ll likely also see a number of native birds and colourful butterflies as well. It is possible to climb to the top and sit on the rocks, but we strongly advise against diving into the water from there.
We recommend bringing your swimwear and towel, a hat, some decent walking shoes (for the rockier parts of the walking tracks), plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent for any pesky mosquitos you might run into. You can also bring inflatable pool toys as the swimming hole is spacious enough to accommodate for those who prefer to lounge in the sun!
The falls do have changing rooms and toilets, but the amenities end here—so if you’re planning on spending a bit of time here you might also like to bring a packed lunch and some folding chairs for kicking back and relaxing. Just be mindful to take your rubbish with you when you leave.
As mentioned, the falls are always best after decent rainfall—seeing the gushing waterfall is quite a sight! Rainfall in the Whitsundays is heaviest in the January – March period, so if you’re visiting during these months, mark Cedar Creek Falls on your to-visit list!