True to her name, Scout has been out searching for gems in the Queensland countryside. Hidden in the gentle folds of the Gympie Region, Kinbombi Falls are not your typical waterfall.


  • Wild swimming
  • Gorge-ous cascades
  • Basalt rock scrambling

The Lowdown

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie has without a doubt been absolutely devastating/heartbreaking and our prayers are with those who have been affected in any way, directly and indirectly. The big girl may have wiped out a lot of our beautiful surroundings but she has also given life back to many.


Off the Beaten Track // Kinbombi Falls (QLD), Queensland, Scout Hinchliffe, waterfall, swimming


The rivers, creeks and waterfalls have stopped the aggressive flow and are now running beautifully in the Gympie Region so we thought there was no better time to do some exploring inland. Hidden in the midst of cattle country and rolling hills is a little slice of country paradise; Kinbombi Falls.

Kinbombi Falls is not plastered all over Instagram and we had never heard of the place before so we had absolutely no expectations. This was thrilling yet nerve racking as we did not want the 4 hour return drive from the Sunshine Coast to be a letdown and a “waste of time”.

Arriving at the Kinbombi Falls Rest Area, which in fact would be the perfect overnight (free) camping escape, we could not see any signs of a watering hole. Keeping our spirits high, we wandered down a dirt trail and were suddenly surprised at what was before us — natural rock pools with trickling cascades flanked by steep rocky cliffs.


Off the Beaten Track // Kinbombi Falls (QLD), Queensland, Scout Hinchliffe, waterfall, swimming


We spent hours rock hopping through the gorge, spotting turtles, swimming in the brown, yet refreshing, water and enjoying having the hidden gem to ourselves.

If you are looking for an “off the beaten track” day adventure or a pit stop during your travels then make note of this natural beauty! However be sure to plan this adventure around recent rainfall otherwise you will be let down.


  • Wild swimming
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Wildlife spotting

Essential Gear

  • Swimwear
  • Picnic lunch
  • Camping equipment – If staying overnight
  • Camera
  • Rubbish bag

How To Get There

Coming from the south — Follow the Bruce Highway (A1) through Gympie and keep an eye out for a left hand turn on to the Wide Bay Highway. Continue along the Wide Bay Highway for approx. 56km before turning left on to Kinbombi Road. The rest area is 5km down Kinbombi Road on the left hand side. The area is well signposted so getting lost shouldn’t be a concern.

Skill Level


Distance Covered

1-3km (depending on how far up or downstream you want to explore)