If you are stuck for ideas of how to keep the family entertained during the holiday season you may want to consider a couple of fantastic natural destinations located right here in the Hinterland.
Ewen Maddock Dam is located in the picturesque Mooloolah Valley and is only about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.
To get there simply take the Landsborough Exit off the Bruce Highway and then turn onto Steve Irwin Way. Follow this road along and then take the Mooloolah Connection Road and in no time you have reached your destination.
Work on the dam began in 1976 and in 1982 the 660 metre-long dam was constructed across Addlington Creek. The dam was named after Ewen Maddock who was one of the first European settlers who pioneered the area.
Once at the dam, you can enjoy a raft of outdoor activities including fishing, swimming, bushwalking and kayaking, as well as a selection of excellent trails which are ideal for horse riding and mountain biking which are all located beneath the spectacular Glass House Mountains.
Ewen Maddock Dam is also a fantastic place for picnics and barbeques as well as being the perfect spot for birthday parties, weddings and family get togethers.
After you have explored all that Ewen Maddock Dam has to offer you could drive up the range towards Maleny and visit Gardner’s Falls.
To get to Gardener’s Falls, turn off of Landsborough-Maleny Road onto Obi Creek Road. Follow Obi Creek Road to the car parking area. From here, there is a sealed path that follows the Obi Obi river and leads you right to the falls.
When you get to the falls you will be amazed by the natural beauty of the rainforest and the rock pools that are ideal for young children to explore and splash about in.
For the more adventurous, there is a large rock pool with rope swings.
Once at the falls you could try your luck at fishing or perhaps come prepared with a picnic and take advantage of the tables which are located right at the water’s edge.
Article written and published for Dec/Jan Edition of Come on Up