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Friday, December 19, 2014

Buderim Forest Park, Buderim, Sunshine Coast, QLD

One of the Sunshine Coasts hidden places is Buderim Forest Park in Buderim. The southern end of the forest can be accessed from Quorn Close and the northern end from Harrys Lane. The walk between the two ends is 2.6 km return.

Buderim Falls, unofficially known as Serenity Falls
Quorn Close

There is a carpark at the end of Quorn Close and a memorial garden dedicated to Edna Walling who created gardens around the world. We often see Eastern Yellow Robins and Lewins Honeyeaters, as well as other birds, in this garden.There are toilets, picnic shelters, tables and electric BBQs in this southern end of Buderim Forest Park.

Picnic area at the Quorn Close end of Buderim Forest Park

It is a short walk from the picnic area down to Buderim Waterfall on a dirt path. A picturesque bridge crosses Martins Creek, affording excellent views of the waterfall. The track detours for a short distance to a shallow cave overhang alongside the falls.

The bridge seen from the overhang next to the waterfall.

It is common to hear Catbirds in the area between the carpark and the falls. Barred Cuckoo-shrikes were seen nesting here by locals. On our last visit we saw a male Koel on our way down to the falls. 

Common Koel, male.

From the waterfall the walk continues north through the forest and alongside cascades and rock pools. The rough track crisscrosses Martins Creek several times until it reaches the boardwalk to Harrys Lane. We have seen small yabbies in the rock pools along this section of the walk.

Cascades in Buderim Forest Park.

Cascades on Martins Creek.

Australian Brush Turkey

Lace Monitor

Harrys Lane.

If you start the walk from the northern end there is plenty of parking at Harrys Lane and a large flat grassed area with a picnic shelter. Harry’s Restaurant is located here. 

Harry's Restaurant

To start the walk, proceed past the restaurant to the entrance to the boardwalk which heads south into Buderim Forest. The boardwalk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There is a toilet block located a short distance into the walk. 

The boardwalk meanders through areas of rainforest and piccabeen forest.

Eastern Whipbirds, Grey Fantails, Rufous Fantails, White-browed Scrubwrens and Spectacled Monarchs are common in this section of the park. A local informed us that Pale-yellow Robins can be seen here as well.

Rufous Fantail

White-browed Scrubwren

Spectacled Monarch

The delicate nest of a Spectacled Monarch, decorated with small white flowers.

All of the photos in this blog were taken on 19/11/14.

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