Mapleton Falls is a national park near the town of Mapleton on the Blackall Range in South East Queensland, Australia, 95 km north of Brisbane. The falls are part of Pencil Creek and drop 120 metres. Wikipedia
Roughly half an hour’s drive from Maroochydore and near the sleepy village of Mapleton, Mapleton Falls National Park is home to a remnant of the bushland which once blanketed the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Though nearby Kondalilla Falls National Park, with its beautiful rock pools for swimming, draws in plenty of tourists, Mapleton Falls are definitely worth a visit as well.
Kondalilla Falls National Park
From Brisbane, the drive to the falls takes roughly 2 hours – travel along the Bruce Highway, then follow the scenic Glass House Mountains Road to the Landsborough turnoff and drive on to Montville. The park located about 4km past Montville and is signposted on the left.
If you’re planning to make a day of it I’d recommend spending the morning exploring the local craft shops and galleries in Montville and Flaxton. Stop off at the Penefathings Inn for a great lunch and to take in the mountain-top views.
Head on down the road to Kondalilla Falls after lunch with a packed afternoon tea. Stop off at the rock pools for a cooling swim and perch yourself on the lookout with your picnic and enjoy the view over the spectacular Obi Obi Valley. Visiting the falls in the afternoon means that you can avoid the midday heat when you are walking the rather steep route back up from the base of the falls.
On your way home don’t forget to pick up some of the home-grown produce from the road-side stalls – the macadamia nuts and avocados can’t be beaten.