A walk along Northbrook Creek and a swim through the gorges.

Scrambling or Climbing

Getting there

Drive past Maiala Park at Mt Glorious. Follow the road down past Wivenhoe lookout and drive steeply down the road and at the first bridge crossing at the bottom, park near the bridge.


Brisbane Forest Park map.

Route/Trail notes

From the carpark area, which is small 2 cars only, follow a rough track down into the creek and start walking upstream. Depending on the season and rainfall this will vary but usually it is usually a pleasant 30 min walk to the first gorge. You will usually need to swim through this gorge or follow a steep path on the left up and over. I found swimming easier, so take a surfmat. After swimming through the gorge continue to pick a way up towards the second gorge. When you reach this gorge after about 30 more minutes either swim through or look again for a faint track on the left hand side, which will join up high with a faint steep track that will lead to Wivenhoe lookout.

once you have enjoyed and explored this area, simply retrace your steps and swims. great in summer. there seems to be some unofficial campsiteson this walk. 


Nil unless camping then $5.

Other References



did this walk recently and loved it! water gets colder as we continued on. really fun walk but definitely for the warmer days.

My camera did detach itself from my lanyard though so if anyone does this walk and comes across a blue nikon waterproof camera, please send me an email! i know its a long shot but worth a try. wendy-d@live.com.au

wendyd on 14 May, 2018

Fantastic scramble and it was well worth taking along a waterproof bag. Used the large parking area then crossed the road and over the metal Barricade to the path was easy from there. 3hr return with stopping for photos and a swim at the pools.

Beverley Landsberg on 10 Feb, 2018

This was fantastic walk to do while its been warmer. Keep your eye out for snakes, we had a small one swim past us in the shallower areas ;-)

Emmalea on 4 Feb, 2018

A beautiful walk and very refreshing on a hot day.

Angela Giuliani on 13 Jan, 2018

We did this hike from Wivenhoe Lookout, straight down to the creek, then through the gorge and up to a carpark that others have mentioned. Definitely wear shoes that have good grip and that you are happy to get wet. Take a dry bag for your car keys, phone and snacks. On our route, we swam through 4 pools (I think). Lots of rock scrambling along the way. Really fun place for anyone who wants a challenge. It rained whilst we were down there and waterfalls appeared in the gorge sections - simply stunning. I don't recommend going in the rain, but just after rain would be great. It was mid 30's in Brisbane, but through the gorge it was cooler, and there's lots of water to cool you down if you do get hot.

Take a Hike on 1 Jan, 2018

If you're willing to get wet it really is a fun walk. You tend to be out of the sun all day so can even do this walk on really hot days. Can get a bit busy for the small car park on public holidays and over school breaks.

T&B on Jan, 2018

Excellent scramble and swimming walk. Lush and green, refreshing water temperature. Benefited from two days of rain prior and light rain while walking. Took me around 2.5 hours return. Time includes the many photo stops and 15 min lunch break. The carpark is bigger now. At the bottom of the car park there is a little dirt track, cross the road and go over the road barrier, walk a small way downhill to find the beginning of the track - it is quite steep. Note would take waterproof bag next time :)

Samantha on 28 Dec, 2017

Beautiful walk, I was lucky enough to see lots of wildlife, including a python by the creek! I would definitely advise taking a waterproof backpack or bag with you though, as the water pools that you walk through can be very deep!
Its a fantastic walk for families and all ages, so long as you're happy to rock hope and walk through the middle of the creek the whole way there. (and it's mostly ankle to knee deep water)
Only thing, make sure you take shoes with a decent tread (and that you are happy to get soaking wet) as the rocks can be slippery. I broke my finger last time I did this track by slipping on the rocks!

Gillian Plant on 13 Dec, 2017

I took my 8 YO son here today, we absolutely loved it, we were prepared to camp the night but really could not find a suitable spot out of the Gorge.
Be prepared to get vey wet, there are parts that you can not just walk around the water so you have to swim in maybe 2M of water, crystal clear though and not cold. Wear a good Mozzy protection with loads of Deet to keep the ticks at bay also I got snagged by a leach, I don't think there are that many but keep a close eye on your bits.
10 out 10, we loved it.

Peter on 7 Oct, 2017

i put a video of it on youtube

gizmobazz on 31 May, 2017

Fun and wet hike with the advantage of some local knowledge to show me around ;-)

J on 9 Apr, 2017

Notes for families. Walk from the lower small carpark to the first gorge is about 1hr15. We did it with an 8 yr old and a 3 yr old. 3 yr old can go the whole way to the first gorge under their own steam. If you get to the first gorge and the team is feeling a bit iffy, you can leave via a faint steep path on the left (facing upstream) which is nearby (but not) the little tributary. A steep 10 min walk up to the road.
If there has been a lot of rain or you have little people under say 5yrs, you can go to the second gorge but be prepared to then hike back to the first gorge before you can get out.
There are swimming sections to get from the first to the second gorge.
Take some small towels for the little people.

Sarah Bastian-Jordan on 2 Apr, 2017

such an awesome walk, love trekking through water and over the rocks.. leeches to be had by all

Gary on 19 Mar, 2017

Killer trek. To the lovely pair I met at the bridge- you didn't find the gorge because you were going downstream- not up! Walked for about an hour to an hour and a half up the creek from the bridge. I avoided walking through the bush as I was alone and avoiding snakes which there were plenty of. Pretty much walked in the creek the whole way. Was lovely and refreshing. I stopped a lot to take photos. Some really stunning scenery. 20-30 minutes walk on top of the hour or so to the first gorge brings you to the second gorge after a hip-high swim through the first gorge and a shoulder-high swim metres before the second. Watch out using the fallen-down tree to walk across this pool- it has a branch nub on the submerged end that I stood on, causing me to fall in above my head! You're better off just swimming. Amazing day out but I urge solo trekkers especially to notify a loved one of your walk and bring pressure bandages in case of snake bites. 3 hrs 45 mins with heaps of stops to sit and take in the scenery. Will be back.

Verushka on 18 Mar, 2017

Adventures walk, we did it with our two children 7 and 9.we thoroughly enjoyed the day. Highly recommend it.

Ash on 8 Jan, 2017

If you want a shorter walk in to Northbrook Gorge, this is how I get there.

Head up to Mt.Glorious and continue through on the Mt. Nebo / Mt. Glorious Road towards Fernvale / Wivenhoe Dam. As a marker / checkpoint, about 9 kilometres on from the Miala Cafe at Mt. Glorious (the cafe where MANY motorcycle riders congregate for Coffee and Cakes especially on the weekend), you will pass the turnoff to Wivenhoe Outlook on your left.

The road then descends very steeply from here. After a further 2.5 kilometres you will see a Road Warning Sign indicating a right-hand, hairpin bend with a 20 kph advisory. DO NOT go round this bend. Turn off the road to your right maybe 25 metres short of the road sign and park in the cleared area.

It is a blind bend, but motor vehicle traffic coming the other way is making a steep climb and not generally going fast - so use caution. (Motorcyclists are a bit quicker though). There might be a bit of a washed-out gutter to cross (but every so often, Main Roads fills it in), so pick your angle and go slowly to avoid bottoming out.
Your vehicles brakes will be quite hot from the steep descent. In summer time, you might take care not to park in long dry grass – fire hazard??

Head down on foot towards the lower end / natural 'point' of this parking area (The road descends around this 'point'). Near the ‘point’ a track heads to the left and down to the road. Cross the road carefully. You have to climb over the guardrail. Just above the lower of two sets of black and white, cornering indicator signs, a track descends to Northbrook Creek.

It takes 7 - 10 minutes to walk down to creek. The last bit is steep and can be slippery, especially if wet. You will note that where you get down to Northbrook Creek, immediately on your left, a little gully enters. (This is a good marker when you are walking out to indicate that you need to leave the creek and walk back up to the road).

Head upstream - that is to your left.

After 3 - 5 minutes you'll come to a big boulder sitting in the creek. (The little 'cave' immediately to the left of this boulder is / was home to hundreds of large moths that rest on the rock wall. If you startle them you might find yourself in a mini swarm).

The heavy rains of Summer Season 2011/2012 washed a LOT of gravel from the slopes into the creek. This means that some rockpools that you would previously have had to swim through, are now just an easy walk or wade through.

Northbrook Gorge and its series of rock pools, is another 30 or so minutes upstream.

Zanah on Jan, 2017

Further photos for my 'Directions' Comment. Zanah.

Zanah on Jan, 2017

And the LAST directions photo. Zanah.

Zanah on Jan, 2017

This one is very much so an adventure hike with short swim legs and a little bit of climbing. Took my partner and I around 3 and 1/2 hours stopping for photo ops. (This truly is a great place for photo ops!) Very quiet spot as well. The water was freezing my tanned skin began to look grey towards the end of the trip and my lips a lovely shade of blue. Lot's of patience required for this one, with calculated steps on small stones vs following very faint over grown paths. Feel free to check out my video if you're wanting to explore the gorge. Fantastic location https://youtu.be/g5JpffEvLhE

caus_91 on 8 Oct, 2016

At the start of the 'S-bend' on Northbrook Pkwy, and behind the guard rail, there is another fairly narrow but well defined track which leads down to the gully. (Lat/Lon: -27.307821, 152.713449 -- Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Hpk9cNpfejE2 ). Head upstream and you will soon encounter the gorges. There is room for at least 7 cars inside of the first corner of the 's-bend'

Came across a small amount of wait-a-while plants towards the start.

Some water holes were knee high, others were face high. There are alternate ways around some of them, but not all.

Dave on 7 May, 2016


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