Gardners Falls consists of two short drops, separated by a 40 metre long flat shelf in between. The upper section of the falls is less than two metres high,
but because it is less ferocious than the main drop, with shallow water immediately downstream, it is popular for clambering over when the water flow is not
Above: The smaller, upper section of Gardners Falls
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The main drop downstream is more than twice as high, at around five metres at its highest point. Here the wide stream is
channelled into a narrow gap before rushing down the rock face into a wide, deep pool below.
The dry rockshelf that runs alongside the stretch of the creek between the upper and lower tier is a good spot to listen to the waterfall in stereo, with the sounds from one tier in your
left ear, and the sounds from the other tier in your right ear downstream. There is a rough and sometimes slippery path that runs around the edge of the pool, for viewing the falls from downstream.
Above: The main drop at Gardners Falls
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Getting to the falls from the car park is quite easy along a wide and well maintained path that is cleared of vegetation on either side. The path runs along the creek upstream
of the falls. Parking here is on a steep slope, with limited spots available, so if it is busy you might need to park further up the hill and walk down to the start of the walk.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|The flow over the falls is usually reliable at any time of year,
but the falls have been reduced to a trickle in past dry years in some summer months
||Visit close to the middle of the day to see the falls in full sun|
Other Information Before You Go:
At the end of Obi Lane South in Maleny.
From Steve Irwin Way at Landsborough, head up Maleny St which becomes the Landsborough Maleny Road (Route 23) and follow it
for 12 km until you see the sign for Gardners Falls at Obi Lane South. The car park is at the end of Obi Lane South, about 1 km from Route 23. To
reach the waterfall, walk about 300 metres along the path to the falls. The drive up to this spot from Landsborough is quite impressive, with
panoramic views on both sides of the road.
Obi Obi Creek
5 metres on the main tier
4 metres on the main tier
3 metres on the main tier
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, see my swim here
Public toilets, picnic tables, car park, rubbish bins
Shade available near the falls, but much of the picnic area is not in shade for most of the day.
There are wheelchair accessible paths to the open area upstream of the falls, but no access to the
falls or the pool at the base of the falls.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No diving, no caravans, no fires, no overnight stays (RVs), no camping, no dogs.
Camping is not permitted at Gardners Falls. If you are visiting the Sunshine Coast, for accommodation
close to this waterfall, you can try the following options. All distances below to the start of the walk to the falls are by road, not as the crow flies.
Sunshine Coast Council
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, 3 km south of the falls
Before you head out, make sure you read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Specific to this site, the managing authority warns swimmers to beware of submerged rocks and
broken glass, and to swim with caution. Diving into the water is prohibited. The managing authority also recommends that you do not leave any valuables in
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