Gold Coast day trip: Love Heart water hole/ Killarney Glen waterfalls

Gold Coast day trip: Love Heart water hole/ Killarney Glen waterfalls

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

If you’re on or near the Gold Coast, then you definitely need to check out the gorgeous heart-shaped water hole at Killarney Glen Waterfall – otherwise known as the Love Heart Waterfall.

If you’re wondering… YES you can swim in the gorgeous heart-shaped water hole!

Miss 5 and I have been looking forward to this since before the Christmas school holidays.

We’ve had a very limited window of opportunity – but today was a perfect day as Mr just-turned-4 and the twincesses were at kindy while I worked in the morning.

 After lunch, when I finished work (I’m a permanent part-time employee working from home as well as a freelance journalist and editor) Miss 5 and I jumped in the car to set off on our adventure.

Miss 5 was super excited to go on our “hike” and put on her gorgeous Cotton On Kids boots (that are more dress shoes but she couldn’t be talked out of it as she had her mind made that they would offer the ultimate protection should she encounter any snakes or wildlife. ;-)

Once we were in Nerang, the journey took around 35 minutes to drive.

Miss 5 and I enjoyed driving through the country and the windy, and sometimes steep, roads.

We followed Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd out past Nerang, right onto Clagiraba Rd, past the Silkwood School at Mt Nathan, and followed that out, left onto Nerang-Beaudesert Rd and left onto Beechmont Rd, passing the Government’s Kokoda Training facility. 

Interestingly, the Lower Beechmont area is a military training zone so there are signs warning about live ammunition, and warnings and barbed wire fences to keep off the property!

The land is reportedly owned by the Commonwealth Government but is apparently heritage listed and is open to the public (other than when there’s army training scheduled). 

(The Land Warfare Centre was originally established during World War II at Canungra, Queensland, as the Jungle Training Centre to prepare troops for combat in the South West Pacific Area!)

We followed Beechmont Rd, then saw a sign for Killarney Glen on the left, where we pulled up and parked. 

(Signs warned that there have been car break ins in the area, especially given that cars are parked there for hours on end whilst the owners are enjoying the bushwalk and waterfalls. So, ensure all valuables are left at home).

Miss 5 and I applied some mozzie repellent, locked the car, and headed off on our hike.
The start of the track was quite wide and I was thinking, ‘oh this is totally manageable, maybe we could come back with the pram’.



But later on, as we zig-zagged down the mountain and steep/rugged terrain, I realised it definitely wasn’t a place to bring my other 3 kids until they’re a bit bigger.

At one point, there  was  T-junction and we had to make a decision whether to go left or right (which was all very exciting for Miss 5).

We chose left, which was more zig-zagging paths. To the right, was a steep hill, better for 4WD access apparently (though I would be in fear if I was in a 4WD driving down that hill!).

(Apparently the expert advice is to go down the mountain on the steep 4WD track and walk back up using the zig-zag walking trail.)

It took Miss 5 and I around 30 minutes to navigate our way down to the waterfalls.

We enjoyed sharing this precious one-on-one time, holding hands most of the way down, and helping each other over logs and pointing out interesting things along the way.
There were a couple of old huts/shelters and a rickety-looking toilet.

Miss 5 and I entered the clearing and could see different groups of people lazing around on the rocks surrounding the waterfall, and watched people jumping into the waterhole (no way, Jose!).

Miss 5 and I hopped over the creek, stepping on sturdy stones whilst managing to keep our shoes dry, and navigated our way to the other side, where we finally saw what we had been eager to feast our eyes on – the Love Heart Waterfall!

I didn’t want Miss 5r to get too close to the edge, so we didn’t peek right over the edge (where I could have captured a photo of the perfect love-heart shape), but still close enough to enjoy and appreciate its beauty.

We watched a few people jump in, teens, young adults and entire families.
To climb back up, they climbed up the steep rock face to the left, which wasn’t entirely safe, but seemed to work.
Killarney Glen, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Killarney Glen, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Killarney Glen, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Killarney Glen, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Killarney Glen, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, love heart waterfall

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On the other side of the waterfall, we followed a track in the side of the mountain, parallel to the creek, down to a water hole that was easier for us to access.

The path was narrow, leafy, and a bit steep at the end, but we managed well, and set up on a couple of large rocks and enjoyed a gorgeous, refreshing swim. 

The rocks were pretty slippery and once we were swimming in the water hole, it was well over my head (I’m 168cm).

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Military range boundary. Live firing. Do not enter.
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We stayed put in that water hole, but had we had reef shoes, we were definitely keen to make our way further up the creek, back up towards the love heart water hole and waterfall. 

(But you can’t just swim straight through, there’s some climbing over rocks etc required which would be no problem if you have enough time).
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After spending some time swimming in the refreshing water hole, frolicking, and taking in the surroundings, Miss 5 and I exited the waterhole, got dry and set off back over and up the hill back up to the top of the Love Heart Waterfall where we watched a couple of other small groups take photos and take turns jumping into the waterhole.


(Miss 5 did make me extremely nervous a couple of times as she wanted to jump in like the other, much older, kids. So I had a tight grip of her arm and we stayed well away from the edge as I know how clumsy 5-year-olds can be. So it’s definitely not the best place to take toddlers! We won’t return as a family until the twins are much older - as it’s always a challenge keeping an eye on 4 young ones without the stress of cliffs and waterfalls ;-))
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The walk back up the hill was a good work out.
It probably took around 45 minutes and we stuck to the path on the right-hand-side going up which zig zagged up the mountain.

It was a great achievement.
I was so impressed that Miss 5 enthusiastically walked down – and back up the mountain - without fuss.
She had mountains of energy even racing to the top at the completion of our adventure.

Once we were in the car, it was around 5pm.
Within 2km, on our way home, Miss 5 was fast asleep in her car seat after her great work out.

It was a gorgeous spot and somewhere I’ll definitely encourage/take friends/family and visitors to go!
It would also be a great spot to propose/ get engaged on the Gold Coast!

What a piece of paradise – it’s like somewhere out of a dream.

It’s such a lovely walk, with a beautiful reward at the end – love heart shaped waterfall and a nice place for a dip!

Well worth a visit!


LOVE HEART WATERFALL/ KILLARNEY GLEN,
Lower Beechmont, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
* Approx 45 minute drive from Surfers Paradise
* Walk down the mountain is approx 35 minutes.
* Allow at least an hour to swim/ explore the area.
* Allow an hour to climb back up the hill.
* Leave valuables at home/ don’t leave in the vehicle that will be unattended for a few hours.
* Bring water, snacks, tissues, mozzie repellent, sun cream, cozzies, towel and a first aid kit.
* Let people know when/where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
* Take any rubbish back with you. Keep Australia beautiful.


How to get to the love heart water hole/ Killarney Glen:
I typed ‘Killarney Glen’ into my phone’s map and was directed all the way there.
* Just off Beechmont Road, between Beechmont and Canungra.


* From Surfers Paradise/ Nerang:
From Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, turn right onto Clagiraba Rd (passing the sign for the Silkwood School), follow Clagiraba Rd.
Turn left onto Beaudesert-Nerang Rd. Follow.
Then left onto Beechmont Rd. Follow for around 8km and look out for the sign for Killarney Glen on the left.


* Alternative route (coming from the other direction/ other end of Beechmont Rd):
Go past Farm Grove Road, Beechmont on the right.
Killarney Glen is roughly between Farm Grove Road and Rhoades Road, approx 1.5-2kms after Farm Grove Road. Watch out for the sign to Killarney Glen.  (If you go past Rhoades on the left and over a small bridge, then you've
gone too far.)


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I'm baa-aack ;-) Happy New Year!

I'm baa-aack ;-) Happy New Year!

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum


Hey there, Happy New Year! 

Hope 2016 has kicked off to a great start for you.



I'm finally back in action after (our crazy/ never-to-be-done-again) move a few days before Christmas.

We've kind of unpacked (I still have many days ahead of me sorting through my chuck/sell/donate piles of things) and have been settling in to our new home.

We survived a few weeks pet-sitting our friends' gorgeous pooch - who was an absolute breeze to look after.

We have internet - hip, hip hooray! After many hours on the phone to the ISP trying to fix our dodgy connection.

We've had family and friends over at Christmas and NYE.

                            

We now have a dishwasher - seriously life-changing! ;-)

Our new place is split level so there are a couple of staircases that the twincesses (now 2y2months) have been learning to be careful around (though there have been a couple of bumps and bruises along the way).

We now have a pool so hubby has been Mr Pool Guy - out there everyday ensuring the pool is kept in tip top condition for us to all enjoy.

                        


The school holidays have been hectic at times with Miss 5 and Mr 3 causing havoc. Though, now that they have their own bedrooms, they have been enjoying keeping their rooms tidy and playing with toys in their own rooms, briefly.

Annnnd... the twincesess now making me question my phrase 'Terrific Twos' as they follow me around the house causing chaos wherever they go (unrolling/running off with toilet paper while Mummy is on the loo/ opening the fridge and cracking eggs in bowls to make themselves a snack/ applying MY make-up and tipping $200-per-gram (or something like that) make-up into the sink and being a tad more demanding when it comes to which outfits and shoes they will allow me to dress them in! 

Gawd, give me strength ;-)

Cheeky twincesses now say 'CHEEEESE' when it's photo time (mainly because my new Samsung phone automatically takes a photo when I saw Cheeeeese). Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com

                                           
Hubby had some time off over the Christmas break which was lovely. 
I continued working (from home and from my Mum's when our internet still wasn't connected) so it was a good balance.

Frangipani tree at our new house :-)

We caught up with family and friends and had lots of fun with our 4 little ones.

We celebrated a birthday!
Mr 3 just turned 4!
He had been requesting a blue Batman cake for many months, so hubby delivered the goods with only seconds to spare (he was finishing off the cake as our guests arrived).



We saw 'snow'

Miss 5 and Mr then-still-3 and I went to the snowdome at Robina Town Centre with my Nanna (turns 80 this year) and my Mum.
It was a bunch of fun!
Though I still had bits of 'snow' (cough, ahem, plastic) coming out of my hair/clothes for days ;-)






We popped along to a play date with the Gold Coast Multiple Birth Association.
The twincesses and Miss 5 loved watching the pelicans during feeding time (1.30pm outside Charis Seafood, Labrador), followed by a play in the park before heading home for a swim.

  
Pelican feeding time outside Charis Seafood, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com
Pelican feeding time outside Charis Seafood, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com



Pelican feeding time outside Charis Seafood, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com
My twincesses enjoying feeding time outside Charis Seafood, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Gold Coast Mum.com
If the past few weeks are anything to go by, 2016 is going to be another fab year full of fun, adventure and laughter!

What have you been getting up to?
What are your holiday highlights?
Are you counting down the days for school to go back?


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