In the heart of Nambour sits a stunning, tranquil waterfall that even many locals don’t know about.
In fact, if you are a local, you’ve probably unknowingly parked on the same street as this beautiful spot when visiting Nambour General Hospital. I know we have!
Recently, we heard whispers about this beautiful waterfall and had to check it out.
Where is Nambour’s ‘secret’ waterfall?
The name of the road on which Robinson Falls is located probably should of given us a hint at what lies at the end of the street.
Yes, the falls are found at the end of Waterfall Road, Nambour, which is just off Mapleton Road and directly opposite Nambour General Hospital.
At the very end of Waterfall Road, and in the middle of this built-up suburban area, you’ll find the 10.5 hectare Cilento Bushland Conservation Reserve, which includes a grassy park area with small children’s playground, BBQ and toilet amenities surrounded by bushland.
Just a short walk into this beautiful bush and you’ll find yourself at the base of the falls, where you can watch Tuckers Creek tumble down two side-by-side cascades into a pretty waterhole below.
The falls are officially known as Robinson Falls. They were named in honour of brothers Edmund Alfred and Arthur Campbell Robinson, who were early settlers in the area and owned and farmed land in the Tuckers Creek area near the waterfalls.
The walk to Robinson Falls
On either side of the park at the end of Waterfall Road you will find walking trails into the surrounding bushland. The trails loop around in a circuit to the base of the waterfall and back again.
We opted to take the track to the left of the park which crosses over Tuckers Creek at the top of the falls, before winding its way down to the bottom of the waterfalls and the waterhole.
It’s a relatively easy and short bushwalk, but be careful in wet conditions, as the rocks and mud can become slippery.
At the base of the falls the surrounding bush is quite lush, with a sub-tropical feel. You’ll most likely find that you have the place all to yourself and will feel a million miles away from civilisation as you listen to the birds chirp and the melodic sound of the falls.
Please note that care should be taken at the top of the falls, as the area is not cordoned off.
Other interesting facts
Also of interest is Cilento Bushland Conservation Reserve itself, which is a World War II memorial. This is because the area was occupied by the 7th Battery 2/4th Field Artillery during the Second World War.
The reserve was donated to Maroochy Shire Council in 1952 by Sir Ralph and Dame Phyllis Cilento, who were both prominent Sunshine Coast medical practitioners.
Another intriguing fact is that they were the parents of theatre and film actress Diane Cilento, who was actor Sean Connery’s first wife.