Baxter Falls - Southern Approach

Kondalilla National Park
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This walk leads through open eucalypt forest, past rocky outcrops and down the side of the gorge to Baxter Creek with its suspension bridge and beautiful waterfall.

Waterfalls
Bird Watching
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
No Horses Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
No Trail Bikes Permitted
Rainforest
476m
Maximum Elevation
260m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Head to Montville on the Blackhall Range and 4km beyond Montville at Flaxton, turn left into Flaxton Mill Road. Follow this for 1.5km and the car park is on your right opposite Old Mill Lane.

Maps:

Baxter Falls

Route/Trail notes:

The walking track is signposted from the car park and starts off fairly easily through an open rainforest environment and past Flaxton Camp for 1.8km. For the next 1.5km you drop 230m to the bottom of the gorge. The track narrows, twists, turns and becomes considerably steeper with steps and the vegetation denser and more tropical

At the bottom cross the suspension bridge and back and then follow the path down to the falls on your left. To get the best views, you can step stones to the far side, returning by the same route.

Permits/Costs:

None

Other References/Comments:

This walk forms part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk (58km) and you can continue a further 1.6km (Medium) to reach Suses Pocket Road. See 'Baxter Creek Falls - Northern Approach'.

Toilet facilities can be found at Flaxton Camp.

Comments

I am a 12 year old boy who is writing a review on the Baxter's creek circuit. This walk is a tough 7.5KM walk that goes down into a valley and comes back up on the way back. The walk starts off with a wide track that is undulating for about 2KM, then there will be a sign that says Mapleton falls, but you're not going there. Just before the suspension bridge you will turn right and walk 100m and you will be at Baxter's falls lookout. When you turn off the wide track there will be a skinny dirt track and it will be a very steep downhill and this will go on for 2.5KM thereabouts. When you get to the bottom, like I said turn right and walk 100m and you will be there. The waterhole is nice to swim in but not in winter because the water is absolute freezing cold. The way back up is harder though because you have to hike all the way up what you just came down. In total, it's about 7.5KM, and a really beautiful walk with a nice refreshing swim at the bottom only in summer I recommend. Hope this info is useful to you, have a nice day! XD

TheN8tureBoy on 4 Jul, 2020

I did this walk with my 65 year old parents. It had been raining and even rained a little bit when we were walking so the track was muddy and slippery in parts. I was a bit worried about coming back up as the decline seemed to go on for ages but it was actually fine and I wasn't puffed at all (although I did have a couple of rest stops waiting for my folks to catch up). It took about 2 hours and just under 7km. Was a very enjoyable walk and the waterfall was great at the bottom.

ChasingWaterfalls on 20 Jun, 2020

Beautiful walk, easy on the way down and a bit of a heart pumper on the way back due to the incline however it flattens back out in time for you to catch your breath and stroll back to your car. The falls are a beautiful sight at the end and deff a must do if you’re in the area! The waterfall was flowing well today after recent rains.

MELG on 14 Jun, 2020

Did this yesterday...all the info posted already is spot on....took us about 2 hours 20 minutes return....a little puffed on the return leg as its quite steep....the creek and waterfall are worth seeing...next time ill venture further on to mapleton falls on the same track...

Greg Brady on 9 Jun, 2020

Fantastic walk. Would be an amazing place for a swim in Summer!

Shassen79 on 31 May, 2020

I thought this walk was 3.8 km in total but that is one way... our 5yo has very tired legs after hiking there, swimming in the freezing water and then hiking back. But she did it and was very proud of herself when we learned how far it actually was.
It’s a beautiful, well-maintained walk. Close to the falls it drops down steeply but the first half of the walk is very easy-going.

Emily on 4 May, 2020

Great walk, cool suspension bridge in the valley, creek needs some rain.

simon.miller306@gmail.com on 14 Jan, 2020

Nice walk, 3.5 & 6 yr old managed it well. Loved the bridge & falls. Water was freezing, as expected. Will be back again

Anonymous on 11 Aug, 2019

Beautiful walk, easy enough. a lot of the track is like a fire trail and a bit muddy after some rain.

Acasualhiker on 13 Jul, 2019

We really enjoyed this walk, my husband with 7 & 8 year old and myself. Track was great, the falls and bush are beautiful.

Jane Noon on 1 Jun, 2019

It is almost two years to the day, since we walked to Baxter Falls from the north. Difficulty? About the same by my reckoning. With the recent storms, I was looking forward to more water over the falls, and I was not disappointed, but still able to rock hop across the creek for a better view.

F.A.B. on 2 Apr, 2019

The walk to the falls from the Flaxton walkers camp was not the most visually enjoyable but the falls more than made up for it.

Mark on 13 Aug, 2017

I started the walk at the other end from Suses Pocket Road. Note: there is no parking at this location and this road is designated as for residents only.

kerfuffle on 2 Jul, 2017

This part of the Sunshine Coast Great walk was really enjoyable. It's only the last 400m of the walk that is really steep. Mind you a large part of the walk does descend until you reach the waterfall. The toilet is at the Flaxton Walkers Camp. The walk is well sign posted though there aren't many signs for this particular waterfall. If you follow the signs to Mapleton falls you can't miss it.

Ian and Sue on 24 Jun, 2017

Nice Sunday morning hike. Fresh and rather wet after the steady showers we've had but that's the time to explore waterfalls. Bit slippery on track and rocks at creek so be careful.

J on 14 May, 2017

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