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About Mapleton Falls

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Getting there and getting around

Wheelchair accessible facilities. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Wheelchair accessible facilities. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

From Brisbane, travel 105km north along the Bruce Highway to Nambour, then travel 11km west to Mapleton. Take the Obi Obi Road and travel 3km further to the signposted turnoff to Mapleton Falls National Park.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Mapleton Falls lookout is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The paths are bitumen and cement. From the disabled carpark you travel slightly uphill to the toilet facilities, and gently downhill to the lookout.

Park features

Mapleton Falls plunges 120m into the valley below. In winter the falls has very little water flow.  Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Mapleton Falls plunges 120m into the valley below. In winter the falls has very little water flow. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Riparian rainforest and open eucalypt forest communities are protected here.

Pencil Creek forms Mapleton Falls, plunging 120m into the valley below. The Australian peregrine falcon often soars and roosts near the waterfall.

When walking in the rainforest, you may hear the wompoo fruit-dove, whose booming call reaches the ground from its feeding sites among the tree-tops.

During warmer months listen for frogs in the pool beside the causeway. Take a close look at rocks around the pool and you'll see distinctive hexagonal shapes formed by volcanic activity 25 million years ago.

Camping and accommodation


To protect the natural values of this park, camping is not permitted. Nearby, Conondale National Park, Imbil State Forest and Mapleton National Park provide forest camping opportunities.

Walkers' camps are provided along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk in Kondalilla and Mapleton National Parks.

Other accommodation

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.

Things to do

Mapleton Falls lookout platform. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Mapleton Falls lookout platform. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Rainforest at the beginning of the Wompoo circuit. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Rainforest at the beginning of the Wompoo circuit. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Wompoo circuit near Peregrine lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Wompoo circuit near Peregrine lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.


Several short walking tracks are provided in Mapleton Falls National Park.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 58km Class 4 walking track with overnight campsites, passes through Mapleton Falls National Park. Walkers can also take shorter day walks along this great walk.

There are also other short walk opportunities nearby in Kondalilla National Park and Mapleton National Park.


Walking tracks

 The walking tracks listed below are grade 2 walking tracks: Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps. Clearly signposted. No experience required.

Mapleton Falls lookout (Grade 2)

Distance: 50m return

Time: allow 5mins

Details: Next to the carpark, this wheelchair-accessible lookout provides spectacular views over the Obi Obi valley and the rainforest canopy below. Look for Australian peregrine falcons, which often soar and roost near Mapleton Falls’ cliff edges during August and September.

Wompoo circuit (Grade 2)

Distance: 1.3km return

Time: allow 45mins

Details: This circuit track winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest. Wayside signs offer information about features. The Peregrine lookout provides good views of Mapleton Falls and the Obi Obi Valley. Listen for the wompoo fruit-dove calling from its treetop feedings sites with a booming 'wallock-a-woo' and 'book-a-roo'.

Guided tours

Commercial tours operate in this area.

Picnic and day use areas

Toilets, including a wheelchair accessible toilet, are provided beside the carpark. A short walk from the carpark leads to an open, grassy picnic area with picnic tables.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring insect repellent to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks.
  • Bring drinking water as it is not available at the park.
  • 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.

Opening hours

The park is open 24 hours a day, but for your safety walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Permits may be required for commercial or organised events.

Contact us for further information.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Mapleton Falls National Park.

Climate and weather

Local temperatures can rise above 30°C in summer and drop to freezing point overnight in winter. Nights can be cool at any time 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.

For more information see the Bureau of Meteorology website and tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Mapleton and other nearby towns. For more information see tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Sheer cliffs and slippery rocks near the waterfall are hazardous. 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 should 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 unpredictable. Rock surfaces can be slippery.
  • Carry a first-aid kit—and know how to use it. Use repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks. Remove ticks immediately.
  • Carry fresh water. Creek water is unsuitable for drinking as it may contain organisms that can cause illness.
  • 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 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. Be aware that mobile phone reception is poor in this area.

For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

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 forest, and pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish.
  • Leave your domestic animals at home. They are not allowed in Mapleton Falls National Park. Domestic animals can distress or kill native animals that live here.
  • Never feed wildlife. Human food is not suitable for wildlife—it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.

See Caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Mapleton Falls National Park is part of a network of parks and forests that protect the Blackall Range's remnant forest communities, provide essential wildlife habitat and scenic places for nature-based recreation.

See natural environment, culture and history for more information about the history and values of Mapleton Falls National Park.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact Visit Sunshine Coast:

Visit Sunshine Coast manages accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Sunshine Coast that provide a range of local and regional tourist brochures and information, as well as a tour, attraction and accommodation booking service.

  • 198 Main Road, Montville
  • Settler's Rotary Park, Reed Street, Glass House Mountain
  • 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra
  • 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
  • Cnr Melrose Parade and Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree (Maroochydore)
  • Cnr First Ave and Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba
  • Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach
  • Arrivals Terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport, Marcoola

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
4 May 2016