Mapleton Falls National Park

We have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 20 years.  And even though we had passed through this area many times, we never realised this little gem was here. Tucked up in the hinterland is Mapleton Falls National Park. At just 26 hectares, this little park provides protection for a remnant patch of forest that once covered much of the Blackall and Conondale Ranges.

The falls are 120 meters high and plunge into a rainforest gorge below.  Fed by Pencil Creek (so named for the native pencil cedars that line the banks), the falls provide spectacular views of not only the gorge but also the Obi Obi Valley and beyond.  We visited early morning and it was absolutely gorgeous.  I can only imagine what it would be like following heavy rains when the falls would look truly impressive.

We took advantage of the early hour and packed a picnic breakfast.  While the picnic tables don’t have the spectacular views that the lookouts have, it was a lovely peaceful outlook and the birdlife was very evident.  I have no idea what sorts of birds there were, but it is meant to be home to wompoo fruit-doves and the peregrine falcons, to name a few.  We even saw the most enormous rabbit that ran around the corner of the path heading straight for us. I think he got just as much of a fright seeing us as we did seeing him (and I’m sure he wasn’t supposed to be there :-)).

History

The falls became a forest reserve in 1938, then a national park in 1973.

Walks

There are a number of walks available in the national park.  We didn’t venture on any of them on this visit (due to Al’s health) but plan on returning as soon as we can to explore a bit further.

Mapleton Falls lookout

  • 50 m return
  • 5 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Class 2 track (Australian Standards)

Mapleton Falls National Park

Wompoo Circuit

  • 1.3 km return
  • 45 minutes
  • Early morning is ideal for bird watchers
  • Class 2 track (Australian Standards)

Mapleton Falls National Park to Delicia Road

  • 2.1 km one way
  • 1.5 hours
  • Class 4 track (Australian Standards)

Mapleton Falls National Park to Flaxton walkers’ camp

  • 5.9 km one way
  • 3 hours
  • Class 5 track (Australian Standards) with steep terrain suitable for experienced walkers

✅ Picnic tables (100m walk from the carpark)
✅ Toilets
✅ Wheelchair accessible
✅ Carpark

📍 Mapleton, QLD 4560
Head to Mapleton on the Blackall Range and in the centre of town, turn onto Obi Obi Road. Turn right onto Mapleton Falls Road to the carpark.

All the links

📍 Mapleton Falls National Park

Mapleton Falls National Park – QPWS website

Mapleton Falls National Park – map

Mapleton Falls National Park

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