Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Mapleton Falls National Park

What's special?

On the scenic Blackall Range, Mapleton Falls National Park protects a small remnant of the forests which once covered this part of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Hexagonal columns in Pencil Creek near the picnic area remain from volcanic activity 25 million years ago. Pencil Creek plunges 120m into the valley below.

Together with nearby Kondalilla National Park, this park provides an important refuge for native wildlife.

Exploring Mapleton Falls

See the spectacular view from the lookout over Mapleton Falls. Read about the park at the information shelter.

Have a picnic before or after your walk. Picnic tables and toilets are provided. Take your own drinking water — the creek water is unsuitable for drinking.

Listen for the wompoo fruit-dove’s booming call. Look for birds early morning and late afternoon.

Enjoy the view over the scenic Obi Obi valley from Peregrine Lookout along the walking track.

Visit nearby Kondalilla National Park and Delicia Road Conservation Park or take the forest drive through Mapleton Forest Reserve.

Camping is not allowed in the park but there is plenty of accommodation on the range.


Walk through the rainforest and open eucalypt forest. Take drinking water. Check for leeches after your walk.


The lookout to see the falls is accessible by strollers and wheelchairs.

Getting there

Drive to Nambour via the Bruce Highway, then take the Mapleton and Montville turnoff 17km west to Mapleton. Turn west into Obi Obi Road. Continue about 3km to the signposted turnoff to Mapleton Falls.

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