Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

4 days to 5 days

53.1 km
oneway

↑ 2237 m
↓ -2052 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park off Narrows Road, North Maleny, this walk takes you through Kondalilla and Mapleton National Parks via the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk track, visiting multiple waterfalls, rock pools and lookouts along the way. The highlights of this 59 kilometre long track include Gheerulla Falls, Baxter Falls and Thilba Thalba viewpoint. You’ll be hiking through the dense rainforest, then all of a sudden you’re met by a completely different type of vegetation as you turn a corner. Keep an eye out for bellbirds and kookaburras, especially whilst walking along the Gheerulla Creek. The walk is officially divided into 4 sections, and all of the designated campsites on those sections have toilet facilities. A moderate level of fitness and bushwalking experience is recommended. Keep an eye out for snakes as well as goannas. Remember to check the forecast for rain as the area is susceptible to flash floods. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-26.698224,152.8701415)
Mode Car
Finish (-26.623787,152.8476173)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Flaxton walkers’ camp in Kondalilla NP, head northwest as you move away from the campsite toilet. Slightly veer right, then turn left at the 3-way intersection to join the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk track. Follow the said track as it meanders north and starts heading towards Baxter Falls to continue along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.....
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Baroon Dam to Flaxton
6 h 30 min to 8 h
14 km
Getting Started
From the car park off Narrows Road(275 metres northeast of Secrets on the Lake Hotel), pass through the bollard and head towards the sheltered area in which there are multiple informative signposts. Then, follow the signage and head along the singular track meandering along Obi Obi Creek(to the left) to continue along the Baroon Dam to Kondalilla Falls Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the shelter at the start.
There is a car park (about 15 m back from the start).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Narrows Lookout. Located alongside Obi Obi Creek, this viewpoint provides you with a picturesque view of the said creek. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 990 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 830 m come to the "Baroon Lookout" (25 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.3 km come to the "View of creek" (10 m on your left).
After another 1.4 km come to the "Little Obi Hump".
After another 770 m come to the "Flat Rock" (8 m on your left).
After another 2.1 km continue straight.
After another 250 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 620 m come to the "Kondalilla Falls Lookout" (on your right).
After another 130 m head up the surface|paving_stones steps (about 150 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Kondalilla Falls and the rock pools nearby. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight.
Then head up the surface|paving_stones steps (about 105 m long)
Then pass the waterfall (20 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional little side trip taking you to the Obi Valley Lookout. Involves steps. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 110 m veer left, to head along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 195 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 110 m continue straight.
Then head down the 10 surface|paving_stones steps
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
Then pass the waterfall (10 m on your left).
After another 145 m pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
After another 145 m pass the "Kondalilla Falls Road" (25 m on your right).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Kondalilla Falls Road & Cynthia Hunt Drive) continue straight, to head along Kondalilla Falls Road.
After another 105 m pass the "Elements at Montville" (5 m on your right).

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After another 210 m (at the intersection of Kondalilla Falls Road & Carrington Drive) turn left, to head along Carrington Drive.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Janine Court & Carrington Drive) continue straight, to head along Carrington Drive.
After another 90 m pass the pay phone (110 m on your right).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Glenbar Avenue & Carrington Drive) turn right, to head along Glenbar Avenue.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Drive & Glenbar Avenue) turn left, to head along Flaxton Drive (a road).
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Drive & Flaxton Mill Road) turn left, to head along Flaxton Mill Road (a residential road).
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Brigadoon Court & Flaxton Mill Road) continue straight, to head along Flaxton Mill Road.
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Mill Road & Alice Dixon Drive) continue straight, to head along Flaxton Mill Road.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Mill Road & Akala Street) continue straight, to head along Flaxton Mill Road.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Mill Road & Allara Street) continue straight, to head along Flaxton Mill Road.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Cycad Place & Flaxton Mill Road) veer left, to head along Flaxton Mill Road.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Flaxton Mill Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a walking track).
After another 1.4 km continue straight.
After another 10 m veer left.
After another 25 m come to "Flaxton Walkers Camp".
About 15 m past the end is a toilet.
Continue another 0 m to find Flaxton Walkers Camp at the end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Narrows Lookout. Located alongside Obi Obi Creek, this viewpoint provides you with a picturesque view of the said creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 145 m come to "Narrows Lookout".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 145 m to the main route.

This optional side trip takes you to the Kondalilla Falls and the rock pools nearby.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the surface|paving_stones steps (about 55 m long)
About 45 m past the end is "Kondalilla Falls".
Then cross the bridge
After another 6 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 75 m to the main route.

An optional little side trip taking you to the Obi Valley Lookout. Involves steps.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 85 m turn left.
Then head up the 25 surface|pebblestone steps
After another 15 m come to "Obi Valley Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Obi Valley Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 100 m to the main route.

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Flaxton to Ubajee
6 h to 7 h 30 min
11.7 km
Getting Started
From Flaxton walkers’ camp in Kondalilla NP, head northwest as you move away from the campsite toilet. Slightly veer right, then turn left at the 3-way intersection to join the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk track. Follow the said track as it meanders north and starts heading towards Baxter Falls to continue along Flaxton to Ubajee Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Flaxton Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 15 m back from the start).
Find the Flaxton Walkers Camp at the start.
After another 50 m turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 65 m come to the viewpoint (9 m on your right).
Then pass the "Baxter falls" (7 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Suses Pocket Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn right, to head along Suses Pocket Road (a residential road).
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Obi Obi Road & Suses Pocket Road) turn left, to head along Obi Obi Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Mapleton Falls Road & Obi Obi Road) continue straight, to head along Mapleton Falls Road (a vehicle track).
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Johnson Road & Mapleton Falls Road) continue straight, to head along Mapleton Falls Road.
After another 580 m pass the toilet (on your right).
Then pass the "Mapleton Falls NP" (6 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to the "Mapleton Falls Lookout" (45 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 125 m pass the "Mapleton Falls" (75 m on your left).
After another 60 m head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 7 m head up the steps (about 6 m long)
Turn left, to head along Wompoo Circuit.
Then pass a seat (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip will take you to the Peregrine Lookout, where there's a cosy seat with a backrest for you to better enjoy the picturesque the view. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 160 m turn right, to head along Wompoo Circuit.
After another 600 m pass a seat (7 m on your left).
At the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Wompoo Circuit continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Daymar Road) turn right, to head along Delicia Road (a vehicle track).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn sharp left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a walking track).
After another 570 m pass the car park (20 m on your right).
Turn sharp left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 7 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 90 m pass a seat (25 m on your right).
After another 215 m pass a seat (50 m on your right).
At the intersection of Linda Garrett Circuit & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 930 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 630 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 295 m turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Track 3) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 420 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Track 3) veer right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 550 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 130 m come to "Ubajee Walkers Camp".
About 130 m past the end is a viewpoint.
The end.

This little side trip will take you to the Peregrine Lookout, where there's a cosy seat with a backrest for you to better enjoy the picturesque the view.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 50 m come to "Peregrine Lookout".
A seat.
Continue another 0 m to find Peregrine Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 50 m to the main route.

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Ubajee to Thilba Thalba
6 h 30 min to 8 h
12.4 km
Getting Started
From Ubajee walkers’ camp (500 metres northeast of Gheerulla Falls), head northwest along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk track. Keep right at the 3-way intersection, then follow the said track as it meanders west and aligns with Gheerulla Creek to continue along Ubajee to Thilba Thalba Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
Ubajee Walkers Camp (about 55 m back from the start).
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
Then come to the viewpoint (85 m on your left).
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Great Walk & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn right, to head along Great Walk.
After another 6.2 km continue straight, to head along Great Walk.
After another 185 m come to the "Gheerulla Campground" (80 m on your right).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (Sam Kelly Road Exit) & Great Walk) turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a footpath).
After another 2.7 km pass the "Mount Thilba Thalba" (25 m on your right).
After another 305 m come to the "Thilba Thalba Viewpoint" (105 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.4 km come to "Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp".
About 35 m past the end is a viewpoint.
Continue another 0 m to find Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp at the end.

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Thilba Thalba to Mapleton Cemetery
9 h to 11 h
14.9 km
Getting Started
From Thilba Thalba walkers’ camp (330 metres north of Delicia Road), head southeast along the singular dirt track (Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk). After about 50 metres, keep left at the 3-way intersection to continue along Thilba Thalba to Mapleton Cemetery Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
Find the Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp at the start.
Find the viewpoint at the start.
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 2.5 km turn sharp right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 3.3 km (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) veer left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional little side trip taking you to Gheerulla Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Gheerulla Falls Access Track) turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 340 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Great Walk) veer right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.4 km come to the viewpoint (85 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 100 m come to the "Ubajee Walkers Camp" (55 m on your right).
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 550 m (at the intersection of Track 3 & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) veer left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 420 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Track 3 & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 360 m turn right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 295 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 630 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 930 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55 m pass the car park (20 m on your right).
The end.

An optional little side trip taking you to Gheerulla Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gheerulla Falls Access Track & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk Start heading along Gheerulla Falls Access Track (a walking track).
After another 95 m come to "Gheerulla Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 95 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Baroon Dam to Flaxton

Flaxton to Ubajee

Ubajee to Thilba Thalba

Thilba Thalba to Mapleton Cemetery


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 53.1 km
Time 4 days to 5 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 4 on route, on average they are 10.6 km apart with the largest gap of 14.9 km.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 13.3 km apart with the largest gap of 34.2 km.

Seat: There are 5 on route, on average they are 8.9 km apart with the largest gap of 31.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
9.3 km[toilet]
Camp site
14 kmFlaxton Walkers Camp
Toilet
14.1 km[toilet]
Toilet
18.9 km[toilet]
Seat
19.1 km[seat]
Seat
19.3 km + 60 m[seat]
Seat
19.9 km[seat]
Seat
21 km[seat]
Seat
21.2 km[seat]
Camp site
25.8 kmUbajee Walkers Camp
Camp site
33.7 kmGheerulla Campground
Camp site
38.2 kmThilba Thalba Walkers Camp
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