Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Kondalilla National Park
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Warm subtropical rainforest, tall open eucalypt forest and picturesque waterfalls in secluded areas of the Blackall Range feature on this 58 km four day walk, with bush campsites. Day visitors can access short half-day and full-day walks within the Great Walk route.

About 90 km north of Brisbane, traversing the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.


We did this hike in 2 days camping at Ubajee Walkers camp. Great experience for first overnight hike with lots of amazing and differing scenery

Hannah on 28 Jun, 2020

We completed this walk in 4 parts, staging cars at either end of each section as follows (stayed at cabins in the area):

Day 1 - Baroon Pocket Dam to Kondalilla Falls - 11km - 3hr 45min
Day 2- Kondalilla Falls to Leafy Lane Trail Head - 15.75km - 5hr
Day 3 - Leafy Lane to Sam Kelly Rd (Ridgeline) - 19.75km - 6hr 20min
Day 4 - Leafy Lane to Sam Kelly Rd (Creekside) - 12.25km - 3hr 45min

Note times do not include breaks for lunch etc.

This is a great walk, with different challenges and sights every day. There had been plenty of rain leading up to our walk, so it was relatively slippery with some creek crossings and PLENTY of leeches. All of the waterfalls were flowing beautifully. The trail can be quite crowded near Kondalilla Falls but other than that was generally sparsely populated with a few hikers here and there.

KristiR on 25 Apr, 2019

Awesome walk. Great waterfalls, swimming holes & lookouts.
I started and finished at Flaxton Mill Rd (+/- 50km over 3 days), stayed at Ubajee & Thilba Thalba campsites. This walk can also be done in shorter sections, Recommended

Olly on 3 Jan, 2019

Did the Northern end circuit 23.5km late July and then Kondalilla to baroon return on 4th. Both good walks, averaged circa 5.5km/hr for a great workout. Excellent views/lookouts and very few hikers.

PKew on 4 Aug, 2018

Started at the Mapleton Day Use area and did the circuit staying at Thilba Tbalba campsite for the night. Didn't want the hassle of a car shuffle but wanted to hike an overnighter. Track was well-defined, lots of water spots and the campsite was great. Loads of leaches, and we saw a snake. A nice walk.

Leith on 1 Apr, 2018

Great walk. We were a little overloaded for an overnight hike but live and learn. Bring enough water for the entire walk or at least a good water purification system as the tank water along the track can be a bit 'how's your father'

Campsites are spartan but safe and well kept. One toilet, tank water of varying quality. But very useable.

Scenery is grreat, plentiful wildlife. Would reccomend doing it in the temperate months (autumn/spring) although after decent rain it would make it a great challenge in sections.

We came across a number of people using the walk as training for the 'Kokoda Challenge' as two loops of the main track is equal to the challenge distance. Which makes sense. Its also very similar terrain.

Matt on 3 Mar, 2018

Did this walk by starting and finishing at Lake Baroon over 3 days and consider it an excellent walk with some great views and waterfalls.

NerdTrails on 1 May, 2017

Great walk is an understatement. Did it in one shot, took about 12 hours of walking and at a decent pace as the terrain is undulating. But if it was split up in days and you stay at the camp sites it can be a rather enjoyable experience.

Nick on 19 Apr, 2017

Done this walk in sections over the years.

Paul on 2017

It was a Great walk. Took me 15 hrs 45 mins starting at Delica Road and ending at Baroon Dam.About 12 hrs walking and 3+hrs breaks. With a 3am start I first did the Gherulla circuit of 35km back to the starting point (M4) and detured into Mapleton for lunch This gave me the energy for the remaining 23km Stayed at Springfalls B&B (great place) which is right on the walk at Flaxton. This allowed me to stop for water as I drank 6 litres that day.Lovely walk would highly recommend.

Icky the phred on 11 Oct, 2016

Great trip, good camp sites, every tank full of water and toilets provided. No leaches or ticks. Did the walk over 3 days easy enough. Highly recommended for first time overnighters.

Peteski on 30 Dec, 2015

Split this walk into two sections - Gheerulla and Mapleton - and walked over two seperate occasions. Gheerulla a good day out covering about 35km and a loop so no shuttle required. Mapleton covers a bit of road and parts of track already done before, dropped mt bike at one end to shuttle myself back to vehicle.

John on 14 Dec, 2014

Actually did this walk in stage over a period of time

J on 21 Aug, 2014

Started at Baroon Pocket Dam and finished at Mapleton. Didn't wear my boots in sufficiently and got severe blisters before lunch on 1st day. Happy joy! Did this walk with my 14y.o. son. Navigation very easy as very well signposted and track well trodden throughout. Had 3 days above 35degrees but it is well shaded throughout and possibility of a swim on every day although Gheerulla Creek was only a trickle but did find a beautiful waterhole about a kilometre shy of Gheerulla Camping & Trail Biking area. Great views at times, lovely waterholes and 'would be' magnificent waterfalls if creeks were running faster than a trickle.

Grumps on 19 Jan, 2014

4 days with 20 kgs on my back happy days

Sambo88 on 5 Jul, 2013

Great Walk!! the second time I did this one we got a fair few leeches. All part of the journey.

Ko on 30 Apr, 2013


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