Gheerulla Creek Circuit

6 h, 9 h 30 min to 2 days

19.3 km
circuit

↑ 718 m
↓ -718 m

Hard track
Starting from Delicia Road, Gheerulla, this walk takes you on a circuit in the Mapleton National Park, visiting Gheerulla Falls and following the same-titled creek along the way. There are multiple campsites spread along the track that allows you to make this an overnight walk. Expect a satisfactory creekside hike half the way, then a decent ascent taking you into a different type of vegetation and environment. The Gheerulla Falls are best viewed after decent rainfall, forming a lovely swimming hole for you to jump in below. You’ll have a chance to view the picturesque valley from the various lookouts throughout the track. Keep an ear out for bellbirds, owls and kookaburras. If you’re planning on staying the night, remember to place a booking beforehand. 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 At the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (-26.6181485,152.8270132)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bruce Highway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 330 m
  • 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 10.4 km
  • Turn right onto Obi Obi Road and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn right onto Delicia Road and drive for another 4.6 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Delicia Road(just west of the Pencil Creek Road intersection), head towards the gate that is marked by a green signpost along the dirt path. Head over/around the gate to join the singular walking track that takes you deeper into the woodland. Follow the said track as it leads you towards Gheerulla Falls to continue along Gheerulla Creek Circuit(counterclockwise). This is the described direction of travel and features a steep ascent.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk Start heading along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to Gheerulla Falls, where you can cool off in the rock pool formed by the waterfall. 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.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to a viewpoint near the Ubajee Walkers Camp. Can add more than an hour to your trip. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 340 m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Great Walk) turn left, to head along Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Gheerulla Campground, crossing the creek along the way. Keep left at the end to find the campsite. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 6.2 km continue straight, to head along Great Walk.
After another 230 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 the "Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp".
After another 45 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to a viewpoint where you can get great northerly views. Can add up around 10 minutes to the journey. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
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 come to the end.

This little side trip takes you to Gheerulla Falls, where you can cool off in the rock pool formed by the waterfall.
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.

This optional side trip takes you to a viewpoint where you can get great northerly views. Can add up around 10 minutes to the journey.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 220 m come to a viewpoint.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 220 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to the Gheerulla Campground, crossing the creek along the way. Keep left at the end to find the campsite.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
About 115 m past the end is "Gheerulla Campground".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to a viewpoint near the Ubajee Walkers Camp. Can add more than an hour to your trip.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Great Walk & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk Start heading along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a walking track).
After another 1.4 km turn right.
About 105 m past the end is "Ubajee Walkers Camp".
A viewpoint.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.5 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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Gheerulla Creek Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 19.3 km
Time 6 h, 9 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 5.6 km apart with the largest gap of 7.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
1.6 kmUbajee Walkers Camp
Camp site
7.9 kmGheerulla Campground
Camp site
12.5 kmThilba Thalba Walkers Camp
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