The heart shaped waterfall has suddenly become an international sensation. It trended on Buzzfeed. I first saw it advertised on an Instagram global travelling account that shares beautiful images from all around the world. It looked so amazing I thought “I must go there” and checked where it was located so I could add it to my endless travel list. I couldn’t believe it was, in all places, Beechmont. Less than an hour’s drive from Brisbane.
We decided to visit the amazing waterfalls that have apparently existed all this time so close to our home.
I searched on several occasions for details on how to access the waterfalls and found it difficult to find instructions so here is an step by step guide on how to reach the ‘Heart Shaped’ or Killarney Glen Falls.
Things to know before you go
- Access to the waterfalls requires a 1km hike down the side of a mountain and a 1km hike back up the mountainside. Don’t make the mistake of wearing thongs. Take walking shoes and a water bottle.
- There is no phone reception in the area and it’s a physically challenging hike, particularly on the return journey. Take a friend for safety.
Directions to the Waterfalls
Killarney Glen Waterfalls are located off Beechmont Road in Lower Beechmont. There are no house numbers to assist in pinpointing the location within the long and winding Beechmont Road but it’s useful to know that the entry point to the Falls is located between Rhoades Road and Farm Grove Road.
A small sign on the side of the road indicates access to the falls and parking area.
On days that the army is using the area for practice, you can’t access the falls. Check that the park area is open on this sign. There is no way to check this information in advance of your trip.
Enter the pedestrian gate and start walking. You can soon choose to take the walking or 4WD track. Both lead to the same destination. The walking track is narrower and zigzags down the mountainside. It also means there is less vision for snakes. I preferred the 4WD track.
It’s a scenic walk and enjoyable when heading downhill.
Walk on a curved path further down the mountain and you will reach another fork in the road. Turn right.
Pass the tin shed. From here you can hear the falls.
This side of the stream provides a great view into the waterfalls but not the angle that shows the heart shape. You will need to cross the stream to see it.
Clare chose to leap.
From here you have the right angle and can see the Heart Shaped view.
Savour your feeling of joy and harness it to provide energy for the walk back up the mountain. You’ll need it!
Because it’s a very difficult steep journey.
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