Just 6 kilometres east of Goomeri is a very small blink and you will miss it town called Kinbombi. Kinbombi is about an hour drive on the Wide Bay Highway west of Gympie, Queensland, Australia. If you’re in the area and looking for a good spot to stop and freshen up, bush walk or even stay for a few days, this is it. You will find hidden in cattle country and rolling grass hills, a little slice of paradise called Kinbombi Falls.
Kinbombi Falls is just a short detour of 5 kilometres off the main highway on the Kinbombi Rd. Kinbombi Falls is surrounded by a beautiful Aussie bush setting and has a free camping and picnic area which is maintained by the Gympie Regional Council. The falls are not visible from the main shaded flat grassy camping and picnic area. But, it is only a short walk to Kinbombi Falls down some well maintained tracks.
There are 3 main bush tracks with lots of concrete steps to negotiate on the way to see the falls. Each track has a different viewing point of the Kinbombi Creek where the falls are located. Kinbombi Creek does not flow all year round so you would be better visiting after some good rain. But even during the dry season there are some good swimming holes, with just a trickle coming down the falls. If you intend on making use of the waterholes wear some sturdy shoes that you won’t mind getting wet. The tracks don’t lead all the way to the waterholes. And you will be climbing over steep rocks and walking through water to get to them.
Cool down in the waterholes with the fresh water turtles and lots of little fish nibbling on your dry skin. The peacefulness of the natural rock pools with trickling waterfalls cascading down the steep rocky cliffs is very therapeutic. We spent hours rock hopping through the gorge, spotting turtles swimming and getting photos. After cooling down you will need to navigate the climb up about 200 stairs. Take your time heading back up to the top of the gorge to the camping picnic area. Stop and listen for birds and look for other wildlife like wallabies lounging around on the rocks taking in the views.
The camping picnic area has all basic facilities and is quietly tucked away from the main road. There are tables with bench seats for picnickers and fireplaces for BBQ’s and other cooking, bring your own wood. There is a water tank which is used to operate the amenities block where you can access water. I wouldn’t use this water for drinking without treating it but it’s handy for washing the dishes. There is plenty of space to park up the UV and set up camp. Pets are allowed, fires are allowed but no generators.
Camping is permitted without charge at this beautiful place so make sure you only leave footsteps. Support the locals so it stays that way. Kinbombi is an Aboriginal word in the Kabi language, kin meaning woman and bombe meaning hit. Let’s respect the custodians of this country. blood because nothing happened.
NOTE: Take care after rain as the access and campground can be affected.
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