The Sunshine Coast Hinterland abounds with lush green countryside, rolling hills, rainforest and beautiful waterfalls. Get out into the great outdoors and take a day trip out to some of the Sunshine Coast Waterfalls.
There are several few good waterfalls to choose from so when it gets too hot and crowded on the beach head to the hills to find a waterfall, preferably one with a swimming hole to cool down in!
Located just inland of the Sunshine Coast is the Buderim Forest Park and the pretty waterfalls. Buderim Forest Park is a rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls. There is a fantastic walking trail to the falls that is accessible from two entry points. The lower entry is off Lindsay Road via Harry’s Lane, while the second entry point is via Quorn Close, which runs off Lindsay Road at the top of Buderim. At the end of the trail the reward is a sensational wander through serene bushland along the creek, past babbling cascades and ultimately to the Buderim Falls.
Buderim is 22 kilometres north-west of Caloundra.
If you’re looking for a spot to have a refreshing swim at the end of your walk, then Kondallila Falls is well worth the effort. Kondalilla National Park is near the picturesque village of Montville in the scenic Blackall Range and there are several walking trails available for hikers. The Kondalilla Falls circuit is 4.7 km and will take between 2-3 hours to complete. This walk includes more than 100 steps so it’s quite strenuous, particularly on the way back up! From the Picnic Creek circuit follow the signs down the escarpment and continue past the rock pool onto the lookout with first views of Kondalilla Falls.
Kondalilla National Park is 44.5 kilometres north-west of Caloundra.
Gardner Falls is an excellent place for swimming in the freshwater pools. You can swim in the big natural swimming pool at Gardner falls, have a go on the little rope swim at the bottom end of of the falls or wade across the stream upriver of the falls to try the big rope swing. Located at Maleny, Gardener Falls is only a short walk to the waterfall and there’s a small grassy area where you can have a picnic.
Gardner Falls is only 33 kilometres from Caloundra near the town of Maleny.
The relatively unknown Wappa Falls are fed by the South Maroochy River coming in from Wappa Dam near the town of Yandina. Wappa Falls is a natural mishmash of rock formations and small rock pools which lead to a slightly curved drop-off into a mini-gorge below. Like Gardner Falls, Wappa Falls has a nice big waterfall and swimming hole.
Wappa Falls is 39 kilometres north-west of Caloundra near the town of Yandina.
Baxter & Mapleton Falls
The loveliest section of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk is the trail to Baxter Falls and Mapleton Falls. This walk starts at the Great Walks Entrance on Flaxton Mill Road, Flaxton goes down to Baxter Creek and Falls, and then up again to the road. It is then a pleasant stroll along the side of the road following the Great Walk signs to Mapleton Falls. All up, the walk is 12 kms return, but you can also just do a very pleasant shorter hike just down to Baxter Falls and back.
Flaxton and the entry to the Sunshine Coast Great Walk is 45 kilometres from Caloundra.
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