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Mapleton National Park: Kureelpa Falls Circuit

Mapleton National Park: Kureelpa Falls Circuit
Mapelton
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See where the South Maroochy River emanates from with this down-and-up circuit on the Mapleton ranges.

SUITABILITY
This is a shared path for walkers, horseriders and mountain bikers. At the starting point there are dedicated parks for horsefloats. Note: the first half of the trail drops 200m in elevation.

HIGHLIGHTS
On horse, bike or foot, travel through this tall, thriving and open forest as you make your way down the hill. About halfway around the the circuit, take a short walk (400m return) down to see Kureelpa Falls. Here you’ll discover water from the South Maroochy River cascading over boulders before falling 30m into a hidden gorge.

You might come across large monitor lizards racing up trees, cascade frogs and lots of birdlife as well. Over 295 species have been counted including, finches, robins, woodswallows, honeyeaters, wrens and much more.

There are a number of side trails so make to stay on the main trail as many of these dead end and it's easy to get turned around. You’ll need your water with you.

AFTERWARDS
If you are up for another longish walk, try the Piccabeen Circuit (approx. 6.7 km) which also starts from the Mapleton Day Use area.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: There are 2 ways to access this trail and the falls.

1) From Mapleton township take the Obi Obi Road and turn right into Delicia Road. Shortly thereafter turn right into Mapleton Forest Road, which is a dirt road but generally ok for 2WD and recreational bikes. Follow this road for about 2 km and you will come to Lookout Road on your left and then the Mapleton Day Use area, set amongst towering Blackbutts.

The Kureelpa Falls Circut starts from here. Cross over Mapleton Forest Road and take the path that begins before (nearly opposite) Lookout Road.

The end point: The end point is the same as your starting point.

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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
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  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
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  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking Suitable for walking black lines Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for mountain biking Suitable for mountain biking Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding Suitable for horse riding Suitable for horse riding
  • No drinking water available No drinking water available No drinking water available
  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 04/11/2018

I absolutely love this trail. If you are looking for a long hike with a beautiful reward (the waterfall and gorge), this is definitely one to do. I will do this hike many more times!

Reviewed By: Brooke

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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
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    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
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  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Qld Parks and Wildlife Service

National Parks, Conservation Parks and some State Forests are managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Contact details are: https://www.des.qld.gov.au/contactus/

For current information on trail conditions and alerts go to https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/#sunshinecoast

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