Buderim Forest Park
Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare oasis of subtropical rainforest less than a kilometre from Buderim village. It is hidden on the northern side of Mt Buderim and features tall eucalypts, magnificent strangler figs with their buttressed roots, vines, fungi and palms. The waters of Martins Creek fall, cascade and bubble over basalt causeways and rocks and every now and then form quiet, restful pools. All along the 1300 metre length of the walk you can hear water. This area was well known by the Indigenous peoples of the area and they would use it as a resting place.
The Serenity Falls, also known as the Buderim Falls are the most stunning sight in the park. A day or two after rainfall they are stunning in volume and scope, as they fall into the pool beneath. The arched bridge which spans the lower part of the pool allows views of the falls and the cave behind the falls.
From the lower entry to the park , off Harry’s Lane there is a walkway of some 750 metres which is easy going and suitable for wheel chairs.
The Buderim Forest Park land was bought by the local Council to preserve the remnant of ancient forests that covered Australia in warmer and wetter times. It is an area of active revegetation and native birds can be heard, even if they can’t be seen.
The upper entry to the park of Quorn Close is more formidable, with the bushland pathway sloping downwards and having steps made of stones and areas of tree roots. The walk to the Falls from this entry takes about 10 minutes. From the waterfalls to the Harry’s Lane entry is another 30 minutes and you have to cross the creek by way of the stones to get to the bush path on the other side. The rough track continues for some distance before joining the raised walkway which originates at Harry’s Lane.
The fungi on the dead trees is fascinating and colourful. The rocks and tree trunks are mottled with various lichens and mosses. The straight, pale trunks of eucalypts stand in stark contrast to the green foliage of palms and ferns, and the elegant and strong lines of the Moreton Bay figs.
There is real sense of adventure as you walk through the park; the path twists and turns with small vistas appearing and enchanting the viewer. There are viewing platforms all along the walk with the most spectacular being the arched bridge over the pool at the base of the Falls. The short distance where the walker has to cross the river by stepping on the river stones and seeking the pathway on the other side gives a sense of entering into the unknown, even though you are fully aware that urbanisation is encroaching on all sides of the park and civilization is not too far away.
There are picnic tables at both entries to the park, with toilets available.
Photos for this post were taken by Jennifer Barry and Jaye Matthews.