The 3-mile Kondalilla Falls track goes from Kondalilla Falls down an escarpment and through both lush green rainforest and open forest. The waterfalls are best viewed from their base, while from the top there are great vows of the rainforest valley. Swimming is also allowed in the rock pools at the top and bottom of the falls so take your swimming cozzies! The circuit then climbs back up the ridge to return.
The Kondalilla waterfall at 80m, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls that Queensland has to offer. Located in Kondalilla National Park, just over three miles from the town of Mapleton and about 65 miles north of Brisbane, these easily accessible waterfalls and their circuit trail make a great family outing.
To get there head to Montville and just over a mile out of town on the Mapleton Montville Road, turn left onto Kondalilla Falls Road. Follow this to the car park at the end. Here there are toilets and picnic facilities and this is where the trail begins. Be aware that this is a very popular destination, especially during school holidays and at weekends, so try to avoid these times and always get there early to ensure a space in the car park. From the car park, go downhill, (there are steps), onto a large grassy picnic area and take the Picnic Creek circuit, follow this trail which joins with the Kondalilla Falls Circuit.
The track can become rather muddy, especially after rain, but this is also the time when the falls are really gushing and are at their best. With over 100 stairs on the circuit, a reasonable level of fitness is needed and obviously it is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Young children will also struggle but older ones should be fine; the elevation gain is just under 700ft. The trail is graded as difficult, for information on how we grade trails, please click here
. Expect this trail to take around 2 hours to complete, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here
. This track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and dogs are not allowed in the national park.