When the temperature gets high, you know it’s time to go swimming and cool off. Some prefer the beach, others the swimming pools. But if you really want to have that picture perfect swim, then there is only one place to go- the waterfalls. And if you are a resident of Brisbane or anywhere in Queensland, you’re lucky to be surrounded with some of the country’s most magnificent waterfalls that are just a short drive away.

Here are five of the best waterfalls near Brisbane that we think you should consider visiting this summer:

1. Cedar Creek Falls, Tamborine Mountain

 Found in the quiet repose of Tamborine Mountain in Gold Coast Hinterland is a picturesque waterfall where you can immerse in cool waters,and lush greenery. The place is just an hour or so drive from Brisbane. The cascading waters of Cedar Creek Falls can also be viewed atop an elevated ledge, which is just 30-minutes away from its swimming holes. There are also cottages that can be rented.

2. Elabana Falls, Lamington National Park

Nestled in the Green Mountain section of the Lamington National Park is the pint-sized Elabana Falls, which has two sections- a horsetail falls and a multi-step. The scenery is also enhanced by rugged mountain scenery and sub-tropical rain forest. The park is also a famous trekking site in Queensland and home to two more famous falls- the Chalahn and Box Log. It only takes two hours from Brisbane to get here.

3. JC Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls, Mt. Coot-Tha

Hit two waterfalls in just one drive! And it isn’t even far from the city’s Central Business District. Just a half hour drive and you can reach the JC Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls in Mt. Coot-Tha Reserve. These nature’s waterworks are  popular tourist destinations for those looking for breathtaking views while enjoying a  picnic and barbecue. You can appreciate the beauty of both falls when more volume of water rushes through after a decent amount of rainfall.

4. Kondalilla Falls, Montville


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Winter is not the only time to head north. Travelling along Bruce Highway past Landsborough in the town of Montville only takes less than two hours to drive. The trip will reward you with one of the treasures of Sunshine Coast Hinterland- the Kondalilla Falls in Blackall Range. In aboriginal language, the fall’s name means “rushing water.” Finding this 4-metre tall wonder will take 45 minutes of walking down 90 meters into the mountain’s forested valley.  

5. Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Are you fond of caves and waterfalls? If you answered yes, you will live this next entry to our list . Water actually spills into a hole in one of the openings of Cave Creek before emerging in Natural Bridge. Its photos has been shared many times over the Internet and looks absolutely remarkable during the morning and dusk. Best of all, it only takes an hour or so to  drive from Brisbane.

If you want to have your picnic in one of these magnificent works of nature, then renting a campervan is a good choice. Not only will you save money on  accommodations, you also get to enjoy your holiday at your own leisure . To get the best deals in your campervan rental , visit Cheapa Campa’s website and pick up your van in Brisbane.