Simpson Falls from The Gap

2 h to 4 h

8 km
return

↑ 357 m
↓ -357 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of Paten Road, The Gap, this return walk takes you to the Simpson Falls Picnic Area through the eucalypt forest, visiting the waterfall itself along the way. Formerly home to the Turrbal Aboriginal people, Mount Coot-tha is home to more than 350 species of wildlife. From gliders and possums to various birds of prey, you’re almost bound to see an interesting specimen. Best viewed after decent rainfall, Simpson Falls sits beautifully amidst the eucalypts. Listen to the gushing of the water as you enjoy the refreshing ambiance. The picnic area midway can be a perfect spot to have a small feast with modern BBQs and other amenities. Don’t worry if you eat too much and that lactic acid kicks in, as you can easily make this a one-way trip if you arrange transport. 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 (-27.4542382,152.9571091)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Macgregor Terrace, 5
  • Turn on to Coopers Camp Road then drive for 3.3 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 65 m
  • Turn slight left onto Payne Road and drive for another 570 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Paten Road and drive for another 520 m
  • Turn left onto Paten Road and drive for another 340 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of Paten Road(across House No:90), head along the concrete track gently uphill as you pass by a sign with black....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Quarry Trail & Paten Road Track) continue straight, to head along Quarry Trail (a highway|bridleway).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Kulgun Circuit & Quarry Trail) veer right, to head along Kulgun Circuit (a walking track).
After another 700 m continue straight, to head along Maculata Track.
After another 6 m pass a seat (10 m on your right).
After another 200 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 460 m (at the intersection of Bardon Trail / Maculata Track & Maculata Track) continue straight, to head along Bardon Trail / Maculata Track.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Bardon Trail & Bardon Trail / Maculata Track) continue straight, to head along Maculata Track.
Keep left.
After another 950 m (at the intersection of Bardon Trail & Maculata Track) turn left, to head along Bardon Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m head through/around the "W17".
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Springybark Track & Sir Samuel Griffith Drive) continue straight, to head along Springybark Track (a footpath).
After another 490 m (at the intersection of Eugenia Circuit & Springybark Track) continue straight, to head along Simpson Falls Track.
Then come to the "Simpson Falls" (15 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 410 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Simpson Falls Track.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Simpson Falls Track.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Simpson Falls Track.
After another 105 m pass the BBQ (10 m on your right).
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 4 km to get back to the start.
A toilet.
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Terrain
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Simpson Falls from The Gap


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 4 km from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
4 km[toilet]
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