A popular collection of rainforest boulders and waterholes found on the outskirts of Brisbane. Climbs cover beginner to expert grades and offer a fun variety of features.


'Cedar Creek' winds its way through the rainforest on the flanks of Mt Glorious, about half an hour north west of 'Brisbane'. Quite often the small rocks forming the creek bed are big enough to boulder, with other larger formations being accessible for most of the year. 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

Rainfall/Flooding/Raised Water Levels

'Cedar Creek' is prone to flash flooding after heavy rainfall and general flooding or regular high water levels during/after rainfall which significantly impacts access to boulders and areas.

Check local community pages if unsure.

Private Property

Toward the end of Cedar Creek Rd are several private properties inaccessible to the public. Ensure no gates are passed (even if open).


'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 onto 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.


'Cedar Creek' has been in the news due to its popularity with the public; namely rubbish and conflicts with landowners. As climbers we must set an example for ourselves:

  • Respect the landowners
  • Take your rubbish (as always)
  • Bring containers for removing public rubbish if you can
  • Do not contribute to the graffiti
  • Bring poo-bags for your crag pup


History timeline chart

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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