The Gold Coast boasts many waterfalls and majority of us would have heard of at least one. But have you been and more importantly have you swam under them?

1. Lip Falls

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Denham Scenic Reserve Park is about a 50-minute drive out from the Gold Coast. It’s all nature here, no facilities and BYO everything. Lip falls, which is the main waterfall is also where you can find the big beautiful swimming hole.

From the swimming hole, you can also access both the Denham Falls and Cavern Falls.

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2. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, Springbrook, Gold Coast, Queesland

Twin Falls is breathtaking! The walk in is perfect for little munchkins. Both of our kids loved the walk-in among the natural rock formations, caves, creeks, and lizards! There was no whingeing on this walk, which is a miracle in my family!

The walk to the main waterfall is about 4km, and it took about 1.5 hours.

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3. Elabana Falls

Elabana Falls is the furthermost of my top picks. The walk is 7.6 km return. The path is a dirt track, which can get a little muddy in wet weather. Our 6-year old did it with no worries! Follow the trail to ‘picnic rock’. Cross the creek and head down for another 400m. Once you get down to the sign for Elabana Falls, you’ll need to climb over the boulders. The waterfall lies behind and above them.

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Swimming is not permitted in the next 2 WATERFALLS

4. Purling Brook Falls

Springbrook waterfall Purlingbrook

Our kids love this place! Purling Brook Falls or Purlingbrook Waterfall is a great little spot to explore with the family. Located in the Springbrook National Park, and included in the Australian World Heritage.

It’s pretty spectacular to see from below so make sure you walk the 265 steps! Yep, it’s a lot but its worth it. Maybe take a kid’s backpack so if needed it’s more comfortable to carry them back home.

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5. Curtis Falls

A reasonably easy and short walk through a dense rainforest canopy of eucalypts, palm and gum trees. A great place to visit on a hot sunny day. A noticeable drop in temperature is felt as soon as you enter.

A place to take the kids, although not accessible with a pram and short enough that they shouldn’t whinge. Lots of logs and vines to play on along the way.

The walk is accessible from two points: Eagle Heights Road or from Dapsang Drive carpark.

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