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What do you do when your two adult children are in the same place at the same time and are both free for a half day outing? A big rarity in our family! In what was a lightbulb moment I suggested we take a trip out to the newest Gold Coast natural attraction.
It is true that sometimes what is right in our backyard we are completely oblivious to. For example I never knew that this fabulous local natural attraction called Killarney Glen even existed until a few months ago.
So where is Killarney Glen? It is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland near Canungra around 34 Kms from where I live.
What is Killarney Glen? It’s a heart shaped rock pool that launched 1,000 Instagram posts.
Killarney Glen is located just off Beechmont Road, between Beechmont and Canungra. A street sign marks where the 2.5km walk to Killarney Glen starts and a narrow steep path winds its way down to the rock pools and waterfalls.
The Australian Defence Department owns and uses this property as a buffer zone for the Canungra Land Warfare Centre, and access to this waterfall may sometimes be closed due to the army training nearby. But on most weekends and school holidays it is open to the public.
So our little family of four, plus our son’s girlfriend, packed our small backpacks with the essentials – sunscreen, water bottles, bathers and towels, and we set off down the steep path towards the rock pools.
Towards the end of the path there is an old tin shed/shack which has a few tables and chairs which I guess are used as shelter and shade for visitors to the rock pools.
You reach the rock-bottomed creek and waterfall into the beautiful heart-shaped rock pool. You can jump off the rocks into this “love pool” or walk further downstream where there are more rock pools which are a little easier to access.
After you have enjoyed a refreshing swim in the rock pools and snapped your memento photo of the heart-shaped pool it is a strenuous steep climb up the path to the carpark and road.
It is worth driving into the Canungra township where there is a great pub for a cold drink and counter lunch. Many day trippers stop in Canungra en route to the Lamington National Park and the mountain resorts of Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.
Another popular place to stop for a bite to eat is the Outpost Cafe which is famous for its homemade meat pies. On that particular Sunday there were hundreds of motorbikes lined up outside this cafe, so either the pies are really that tasty or this is a handy place to stop during their Sunday ride.
So that was Killarney Glen done and dusted! It was a great way to spend a half day with the family and some quality time together.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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