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Kondalilla Falls National Park In the Aboriginal language "Kondalilla" means "Place of Rushing Waters"

Kondalilla Falls, Kondalilla Falls National Park, Queensland

It is situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland a bit south of Montville. Skene Creek drops over Kondalilla Falls to a rainforest-filled valley 80 m below.

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In the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Kondalilla National Park is a cool retreat with tall open eucalypt forest, subtropical rainforest and a spectacular waterfall, Kondalilla Falls. The falls drop 90m over Skene Creek into a rainforest valley.

Surrounded by farms and quaint villages, this park is an important refuge for many animals and plants including the rare Australian marsupial frog Assa darlingtoni and the bopple nut Macadamia ternifolia which is vulnerable to extinction. More than 107 species of birds have been seen in the park, and 70 species of reptiles and 32 species of frogs have been recorded from the Blackall Range and nearby Conondale Range.

Part of the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people, Kondalilla National Park has special meaning for the Aboriginal people who travelled here when the bunya nuts were in season. Kondalilla Falls got its name from the Aboriginal word meaning “rushing waters”.

Exploring Kondalilla

Escape the summer heat in this small pocket of remnant bushland in the heart of the scenic Blackall Range.

Have a bush picnic or barbecue. See brush-turkeys, lace monitors and kookaburras in the picnic area. Don’t be tempted to feed them. Let them find their own food.

Take your binoculars and go birdwatching early morning or late afternoon.

Camping is not allowed in the park but there are plenty of places to stay nearby.

There is no drinking water in the park so take your own supply and carry water on your walks. The creek water is unsuitable for drinking.


The falls and rockpool are very popular. Walk early morning, mid-afternoon or mid-week to avoid the crowds. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take drinking water. For your safety, never dive or jump into the rockpool. The tracks may be closed during wet weather due to flooding.

Getting there

Travel 54km north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway then follow the scenic Glass House Mountains Road 22km north to the Landsborough turnoff. Drive a further 20km to Montville and travel 4km north of the town. The park is signposted on the left. From the north, travel to Nambour, then head 15km west to Mapleton. Continue 10km towards Montville to the park turnoff

Further Information
61 Bunya Street
ph (07) 5494 3983
fax (07) 5494 3986
7.30am–4pm weekdays

Picnic Creek circuit
2·4km return, 45 minutes–1 hour

Kondalilla Falls circuit
4·6km return, 1·5–2 hours

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