Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

4 days to 5 days

53.1km
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
6h 30 min to 8h
14km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then to find the shelter.
There is a car park (about 15m 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 Details below.
After another 990m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 830m come to the "Baroon Lookout" viewpoint (25m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.3km come to the "View of creek" viewpoint (10m on your left).
After another 1.4km come to the "Little Obi Hump" summit.
After another 770m come to the "Flat Rock" viewpoint (8m on your left).
After another 2.1km continue straight.
After another 250m cross the bridge (about 8m long)
After another 620m come to the "Kondalilla Falls Lookout" viewpoint (on your right).
After another 130m head down the surface|paving_stones steps (about 150m 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 Details below.
Continue straight.
Then head up the surface|paving_stones steps (about 105m long)
Then pass the waterfall (20m 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 Details below.
After another 110m veer left, to head along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 250m continue straight, to head along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 195m cross the bridge (about 5m long)
After another 110m continue straight.
Then head down the 10 surface|paving_stones steps
Then cross the bridge (about 10m long)
Then pass the waterfall (10m on your left).
After another 145m pass the toilet (25m on your right).
After another 145m pass the "Kondalilla Falls Road" car park (25m on your right).
After another 185m (at the intersection of Kondalilla Falls Road & Cynthia Hunt Drive) continue straight, to head along Kondalilla Falls Road.
After another 105m pass the "Elements at Montville" cafe (5m on your right).

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

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
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After another 145m come to "Narrows Lookout" viewpoint
The end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Kondalilla Falls and the rock pools nearby.
Turn map Directions & comments
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Then head down the surface|paving_stones steps (about 55m long)
About 45m past the end is "Kondalilla Falls" waterfall
Then cross the bridge
Continue another 6m to find the end.

An optional little side trip taking you to the Obi Valley Lookout. Involves steps.
Turn map Directions & comments
Heading along Picnic Creek Circuit.
After another 85m turn left.
Then head up the 25 surface|pebblestone steps
After another 15m come to "Obi Valley Lookout" viewpoint
Obi Valley Lookout the end.

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Flaxton to Ubajee
6h to 7h 30 min
11.7km
Turn map Directions & comments
Flaxton Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 15m back from the start).
Then come to the "Flaxton Walkers Camp" camp site.
After another 50m turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.6km continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
Then cross the bridge (about 4m long)
After another 65m come to the viewpoint (9m on your right).
Then pass the "Baxter falls" waterfall (7m on your right).
After another 1.2km (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 390m (at the intersection of Obi Obi Road & Suses Pocket Road) turn left, to head along Obi Obi Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 670m (at the intersection of Mapleton Falls Road & Obi Obi Road) continue straight, to head along Mapleton Falls Road (a vehicle track).
After another 305m (at the intersection of Johnson Road & Mapleton Falls Road) continue straight, to head along Mapleton Falls Road.
After another 580m pass the toilet (on your right).
Then pass the "Mapleton Falls NP" car park (6m on your right).
After another 15m come to the "Mapleton Falls Lookout" viewpoint (45m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 125m pass the "Mapleton Falls" waterfall (75m on your left).
After another 60m head up the steps (about 15m long)
After another 7m head up the steps (about 6m 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 Details below.
After another 160m turn right, to head along Wompoo Circuit.
After another 600m pass a seat (7m 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 470m (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Daymar Road) turn right, to head along Delicia Road (a vehicle track).
After another 10m (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 570m pass the car park (20m on your right).
Turn sharp left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 7m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 25m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 90m pass a seat (25m on your right).
After another 215m pass a seat (50m 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 930m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 630m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 295m turn left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 360m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 115m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Track 3) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.1km continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 420m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Track 3) veer right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 550m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 130m come to "Ubajee Walkers Camp" camp site
About 130m past the end is a viewpoint

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
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After another 50m come to "Peregrine Lookout" viewpoint
A seat
Peregrine Lookout the end.

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Ubajee to Thilba Thalba
6h 30 min to 8h
12.4km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
There is a "Ubajee Walkers Camp" camp site (about 55m back from the start).
After another 135m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
Then come to the viewpoint (85m on your left).
After another 1.4km (at the intersection of Great Walk & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn right, to head along Great Walk.
After another 6.2km continue straight, to head along Great Walk.
After another 185m come to the "Gheerulla Campground" camp site (80m on your right).
After another 45m (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 2.7km pass the "Mount Thilba Thalba" summit (25m on your right).
After another 305m come to the Thilba Thalba Viewpoint (105m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.4km come to "Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp" camp site
About 35m past the end is a viewpoint

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Thilba Thalba to Mapleton Cemetery
9h to 11h
14.9km
Turn map Directions & comments
Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp Start (a walking track).
Then come to the "Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp" camp site.
After 60m come to the viewpoint (20m on your left).
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 Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 2.5km turn sharp right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 3.3km (at the intersection of Delicia Road & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) veer left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 130m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 800m (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 Details below.
After another 1.3km (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 340m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Great Walk) veer right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.4km come to the viewpoint (85m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 100m come to the "Ubajee Walkers Camp" camp site (55m on your right).
After another 105m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 550m (at the intersection of Track 3 & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) veer left, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 420m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.1km (at the intersection of Track 3 & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 115m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 360m turn right, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 295m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 630m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55m continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 930m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 275m (at the intersection of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Linda Garrett Circuit) continue straight, to head along Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 55m pass the car park (20m on your right).

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 heading along Gheerulla Falls Access Track (a walking track).
After another 95m come to "Gheerulla Falls" waterfall
The end.
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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 53.1km
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
Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 13.3km apart with the largest gap of 34.2km.

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


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
9.3km[toilet]
Camp site
14km "Flaxton Walkers Camp" camp site
Toilet
14.1km[toilet]
Toilet
18.9km[toilet]
Camp site
25.8km "Ubajee Walkers Camp" camp site
Camp site
33.7km "Gheerulla Campground" camp site
Camp site
38.2km "Thilba Thalba Walkers Camp" camp site
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