Starting from the end of Kureelpa Falls Road, Gheerulla, this walk takes you on a circuit in the woodlands of Mapleton National Park via the River Break track, visiting Kureelpa Falls and Mapleton Day Use Area along the way. Experience a tranquil journey on a scenic multi-use track in a diverse forest. Hear the Kureelpa Falls gush down as you get closer. Savor the picturesque view as the refreshing air around the waterfall fills into your lungs. After the magical break, be prepared to be surrounded by the peaceful silence as you make your way towards Mapleton Day Use Area. Here, you can have a little picnic and catch your breath before you start heading back. Don't be surprised if you run into the occasional horse/bike rider. The track is known to get muddy after rain, so a couple of proper(preferably waterproof) hiking boots may come in handy. Keep an eye out for falling branches under windy conditions. 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.
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.
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Bli Bli Road, 23 and drive for another 1 km
Turn left onto Coronation Avenue and drive for another 1.3 km
Turn right onto Price Street and drive for another 880 m
Keep left and drive for another 60 m
Continue onto Nambour Mapleton Road, 23 and drive for another 5 km
Turn right onto Kureelpa Falls Road and drive for another 4.6 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of Kureelpa Falls Road, Gheerulla, head towards the metal gate with a “Motor vehicles restricted” sign on it along the dirt path. Head over the stile next to the said gate, then head towards the green directional signpost as you pass by a slanted informational signpost to your left. After about 160 metres, veer left at the 3-way intersection to join the River Break track. Follow the said track as it meanders towards South Maroochy River. Cross the river and turn right at the intersection shortly after the crossing to continue along Kureelpa Falls River Break Circuit(counterclockwise). This is the described direction of travel.....
Directions & comments
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Kureelpa Falls Break & River Break) continue straight, to head along River Break.
After another 420 m cross the ford.
After another 40 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the refreshing Kureelpa Falls. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 200 m veer left, to head along River Break.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Cornelius Break & River Break) turn left, to head along River Break.
After another 2 km (at the intersection of White Break & River Break) turn right, to head along White Break.
After another 710 m turn left, to head along White Break.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Mapleton Forest Road & White Break) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 20 m turn left, to head along Turpentine Track (aka Magic Mile).
After another 1.4 km turn left.
After another 50 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
Then find the "Mapleton Day Use Area" (on your left).
Mapleton Day Use Area
Mapleton Day Use Area
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Mapleton Forest Road & Lookout Road) continue straight, to head along Mapleton Forest Road (a vehicle track).
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Mapleton Forest Road & River Break) veer left, to head along River Break (a walking track).
After another 1.4 km veer right.
After another 710 m continue straight.
After another 1.8 km turn right, to head along River Break.
After another 460 m (at the intersection of River Break & Kureelpa Falls Break) continue straight, to head along River Break.
After another 170 m come to the end.
This side trip takes you to the refreshing Kureelpa Falls.
Directions & comments
After another 220 m come to "Kureelpa Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 220 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Kureelpa Falls River Break Circuit
2 h 30 min to 5 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)