- Getting there and getting around
- Park features
- Camping and accommodation
- Things to do
- Things to know before you go
- Staying safe
- Looking after the park
- Park management
- Tourism information links
- Further information
From Brisbane, travel 54 km north along the Bruce Highway, then follow the scenic Glass House Mountains Road 22 km north to the Landsborough turnoff. Drive a further 20 km to Montville and travel 4 km north of the town. The park is signposted on the left.
From the north, travel to Nambour, then head 15 km west to Mapleton. Continue 10 km towards Montville to the park turnoff on the right.
There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in Kondalilla National Park due to steep terrain. Nearby, Mapleton Falls National Park has a wheelchair accessible lookout with views of the waterfall and rainforest valley below.
Kondalilla Falls plummets 90 m into the gorge below. Photo: NPRSR.
Just behind the Sunshine Coast, in the scenic Blackall Range, Kondalilla National Park is a cool mountain retreat. The park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning 'rushing waters', describes this park's waterfall during the summer wet season.
Above the falls, tall open eucalypt forest mingles with rainforest species in wetter areas. A drier forest grows on the western escarpment, featuring casuarinas with a grass tree understorey. Subtropical rainforest grows below the escarpment, where soil and aspect is suitable, and riparian rainforest lines the creek.
Surrounded by farms and towns, this park is an important refuge for many animals and plants including the rare pouched frog, Assa darlingtoni and the bopple nut, Macadamia ternifolia, which is vulnerable to extinction. More than 107 species of birds have been seen in the park, and 70 species of reptiles and 32 species of frogs have been recorded from the Blackall Range and nearby Conondale Range.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Blackall Range parks and forests
Vehicle acessible camping areas are not provided in Kondalilla National Park. Camping is only permitted at the Flaxton walkers' camp—a bush camp provided especially for walkers on the 58 km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
There is a wide range of holiday accommodation in and around Montville, Mapleton, Maleny and other towns in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Rock pool above Kondalilla Falls on the Kondalilla Falls circuit. Photo: NPRSR.
The Kondalilla Falls circuit includes more than 100 steps. What goes down must come back up! Choose a walk to suit your groups fitness levels. Photo: Ross Naumann.
Forest view from the top of Kondalilla Falls. Photo: Ross Naumann.
Picnic creek circuit. Photo: Ross Naumann.
Picnic in the large grassed day-use area. A short downhill walk from the car park. Photo: Ross Naumann.
Several short walking tracks are provided in Kondalilla National Park.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 58 km Class 4 walking track with several overnight campsites, passes through Kondalilla National Park. Walkers can also take shorter day walks along this Great Walk.
- Read more about the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk opportunities.
Key to track standards
Use the walking track grade listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your group's abilities and fitness levels.
Walking track grades
Class 2 track (Australian Standards)
- Easy level track, suitable for all fitness levels.
Class 3 track (Australian Standards)
- Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
- Caution needed on decomposed granite and exposed natural lookouts.
- Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.|
Picnic Creek circuit (Class 2)
Distance: 1.7 km
Time: allow 45 minutes to 1 hour
Details: This easy walk crosses Picnic Creek (400 m), passes through tall eucalypt forest with patches of wet sclerophyll forest—a mix of eucalypt and rainforest species. Enjoy views over the valley from a lookout point.
Kondalilla Falls circuit (Class 3)
Distance: 4.7 km
Time: allow 2-3 hours
Details: Follow the Picnic Creek circuit down the escarpment, past rock pools and a lookout with views of Kondalilla Falls. Walk through rainforest to the base of the waterfall and continue back up the ridge. Look for emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes, dense stands of piccabeen palms and intriguing shapes of pink ash, Alphitonia petriei.
What goes down must come back up! There are over 100 stairs on the Kondalilla Falls circuit so you need to be reasonably fit. Always allow enough time to finish your walk in daylight hours.
Wet weather track closures
Walking tracks are closed during severe wet weather due to flooding of the tracks. For your safety, do not enter the park when closure signs are displayed.
If you are caught out on the tracks when creek crossings flood, do not attempt to cross them. Wait until the water no longer covers the track.
Water rises and falls in a short period of time. For example, in 1998 Kondalilla National Park was closed when 50mm of rain fell in 15 minutes! Water rose rapidly, transforming the cascading creek into a fast flowing, turbulent water mass. Bridges and creek crossings were cut by floodwaters and conditions were extremely dangerous. Within hours the water had dropped and the tracks were re-opened.
Danger: A number of people have died or been permanently paralysed after slipping over waterfalls at Kondalilla and nearby parks. Stay behind fences and follow all warning signs.
Picnic and day use areas
A 50 m downhill walk with steps leads from the carpark to a large grassed picnic area. There are toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and a shelter shed. The walking tracks start from the picnic area.
Birdwatching and nature photography are popular activities here. See the description of the Blackall Ranges' nature, culture and history for more details about Kondalilla's wildlife.
Essentials to bring
- Bring insect repellent to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks.
- Bring your own drinking water as it is not available at the park. Creek water is unsuitable for drinking as it may contain organisms that can cause illness.
- Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
- Bring rubbish bags to remove your rubbish and recyclables from the park. Rubbish bins are not provided.
For your safety, walk in Kondalilla National Park in daylight hours only.
Permits and fees
Domestic animals are not permitted in Kondalilla National Park.
Climate and weather
Local temperatures can rise above 30 degrees Celcius in summer and drop to freezing point overnight in winter. Nights can be cool at anytime of the year.
Always check weather conditions before your visit. Be aware that forest areas are hazardous during strong winds, as tree branches may fall.
During severe wet weather, which occurs mostly in spring and summer, some tracks flood and are closed for public safety. Check park alerts for current warnings or park closures.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available in Montville, Mapleton and Maleny. For more information see the tourism information links.
A number of people have died or been permanently paralysed after slipping over waterfalls in this area. Always supervise children, keep to the walking tracks, stay behind safety fences and follow all warning signs to avoid tragedy.
- Stay on track. Remain behind barriers at lookouts and waterfalls. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.
- Supervise children. Natural areas have hazards that children are unfamiliar with including creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and wildlife.
- Water hazards—never dive into creeks or rock pools. They contain submerged rocks and logs. Water depth is variable and unpredicatbale. Rock surfaces can be slippery.
- Carry a first-aid kit—and know how to use it. Use insect repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks. Remove ticks immediately.
- Carry fresh water. Drinking water is not provided. Creek water is unsuitable for drinking as it may contain organisms that can cause illness.
- Human food is not for wildlife—it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.
- Check Park alerts for current warnings or closures. Walking tracks are closed during severe wet weather due to flooding of the tracks. For your safety, do not enter the park when the closure signs are displayed.
- Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks. If you are caught out on the tracks when creek crossings flood, wait until the water no longer covers the track. Water rises and falls in a short period of time.
- For all emergencies call 000. Mobile phone reception is poor in these areas. If you have difficulty connecting to 000 from your mobile phone, try dialling 112.
In an emergency
- Ambulance, non-urgent medical transport: 13 12 33
- Emergency: 000
- If you have difficulty connecting to 000 from your mobile phone: 112
Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in the park, but it is usually possible to make calls from the carpark.
For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines Safety in parks and forests.
Help protect natural resources by being a minimal impact visitor.
- Take all your rubbish out of the park. Remove excess food packaging at home before your visit to the park and pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish.
- Keep creeks clean—they provide valuable habitat for wildlife including rare frogs.
- Leave domestic animals at home. They are not allowed in Kondalilla National Park. Domestic animals can distress or kill native animals that live here.
See Caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The area around Kondalilla Falls was first protected in 1906 as a small recreational area and became national park in 1945. Since then various additions of land, including former State forest, have increased that park's size to 1591 ha.
A Management Plan for Kondalilla National Park, completed in 1998, is currently being reviewed.
See nature, culture and history for more information about the history and values of Kondalilla National Park.
Montville Tourist Information Centre
Main Street, Montville
ph (07) 5478 5544
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