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Rainforest creek boulders on the outskirts of 'Brisbane'.


'Cedar Creek' winds its way through the rainforest on the flanks of Mt Glorious, about half an hour north west of 'Brisbane'. Every now and again the small rocks forming the creekbed are big enough to boulder, with a few genuinely good problems. The real attraction though is the creek itself which is one of few natural swimming spots in Brisbane, making this a favourite summer spot among climbers and non-climbers alike. The main waterfall and the large pool below it are particularly popular.

Access issues

The upper section of 'Cedar Creek' is within the D'Aguilar National Park. Please take out your rubbish, generally minimise your impact and definitely do not contribute to the graffiti.

If you can take out rubbish that you find.


'Cedar Creek' is about 35km or 30-40 minutes drive northwest of 'Brisbane'. From the city, drive along Kelvin Grove Rd, then Enoggera Rd, then Samford Rd. About 20km from the city you'll arrive in Samford Village. Turn right at the roundabout and continue north along Mount Samson Rd. After about 6km, turn left into Cedar Creek Rd. Drive about 9km to where the road ends and park.

View driving map on Google Maps

From the carpark, the route least-likely-to-piss-off-the-local-landowners is following the creek upstream. After 10 minutes or so you'll start to see a few boulders tall & steep enough to be bouldered. These scattered boulders form the 'Below the Waterfall' area. The waterfall itself is about 15 minutes from the carpark. Just above the waterfall is the 'Graffiti Cave'. Just upstream of the cave is the confluence with the 'Side creek' on the left, or continue up the main creek for about 5 minutes to the 'Titanic Area' whose boulders are found on the left bank (facing upstream).

Where to stay

There's camping in the D'Aguilar National Park but not at 'Cedar Creek'. The Cedar Creek Falls Retreat offers accommodation nearby, but it is a very comfortable day trip, or even half day trip, from Brisbane.


View historical timeline

Unfortunately the history of this cool little place is very undocumented, and the reality is that this is more of a swimming hole for teenagers than boulderers. Info has been gleaned from an old PDF on Qurank and the forums there, and general googling. If you know something not here, please add it.

  • If you think you did an FA, you probably didn't. Please add the climb here and tick it but leave the FA empty unless you're really sure you were the first (eg you pulled 2m of lantana off the rock first)
  • Problem names - As the FA for most problems is lost in time, many names are lost. Where names are know they are entered, but where they are unknown a descriptive name is given like 'Left arete' or very evocative of the problem like 'The cauldron'.

Please, if you know data that is missing please fill it in!


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