Located only a few kilometres out of the Maleny township, Gardner’s Falls is a glistening gem. Part of the Obi Obi Gorge, Gardner’s Falls feature gentle waterfalls, swimming holes and plenty of picnic space. There are also two rope swings here- one higher, and one shorter – for the more adventurous! Drive to the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek – a short level walk downstream to the falls. Gardners Falls is a popular picnic spot with a large pool at the base of the falls. Ideal for Families, back packers, teenagers, young adults , adventurers
800 metre / Easy / 15-20 minute return
Lots of photo opportunities, wonderful trees and plant life that are identified on the above map
You can download the Gardners Falls Map here
If Gardners falls is on your must do list then the ideal place to stay is at McCarthy Lake House. The Falls are just 4 min drive 3.2 km from McCarthy Lake House Accommodation.
There is something truly magical about freshwater swimming. The cool water is refreshing, the surroundings are peaceful and somehow the whole experience is more special and secluded than your average dip in the ocean.
Freshwater swimming spots are like hidden treasures. Gardner’s Falls at Maleny is like a little jewel in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, just waiting to be discovered.
Toilets are also available near the carpark.
You can visit Gardners Falls year round to enjoy the rock pools and rainforest setting. Access may be limited after heavy rains due to potential flooding.
What to bring when you visit Gardners Falls
hiking boots are not required as it is a short, level walk but wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes. Surfaces can be slippery.
towels and swimmers if you are keen for a dip. Or you can roll up the pants and enjoy a splash in a little rock pool.
lunch – this is a great spot for a family picnic, There are several picnic tables along the way or you can spread your rug on one of the large rock formations and enjoy a picnic right by the water’s edge.
insect repellent – the mozzies can get a bit active after the rain, hat, sunscreen
What not to bring
Domestic animals are not permitted on the walks.