Allow one and a half hours from the Happy Valley Picnic Area. This is not an easy walk.


This is a special place, but it is a steep walk to get there. Opposite the Happy Valley picnic area there is a track leading into the valley. A large tree has fallen across the track but this can be negotiated and you quickly come into the rainforest where the tall straight trunks of the towering coachwood are a grand sight. After about 5 minutes walk the track divides and you take the left hand one.

(a) Happy Valley This is a well made track, but not much used. It winds down to Waterfall Creek, passing through some wonderful rainforest and massive rock covered rocks. It gets quite steep toward the bottom and is very slippery, so care must be taken. Once into the stream you will see a small waterfall which falls into a pond on your left. One can get down to this by crossing the stream directly above the fall. You will find little foot notches carved into the rock and you can clamber along the rock shelf and jump onto the rocks below. The pool is lovely for a quick cool dip. It is a good walk for the summer and is a lovely quiet secret place, well worth the effort of getting there. 

(b) Cathedral Creek The right hand track also continues through the beautiful rainforest to the little creek which runs down from the Cathedral Reserve. Although the creek is often dry here, huge tree ferns grow and it is another lovely quiet place.