Kureelpa Falls

Mapleton National Park
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A hidden gem in the Mapleton National Park, with water from the South Maroochy River cascading over boulders before falling 30m into a hidden gorge.

No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Take the Mapleton Road from either Nambour or Mapleton and opposite the Dulong Lookout at Kanyana Park turn into Kureelpa Falls Road. Follow the road along the ridge (great views) to its far end (last section is on gravel) where there is room to park before the gated access to the Park.


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Route/Trail notes:

From the gate, follow the faint trail know as River Break through the long grass and after 600m you will come to a creek crossing, which would likely be well flooded after heavy rain. When dry, there are stepping stones to help you across. Follow up the far side until you reach the more defined track and turn right. Shortly you will see a sign down to the falls on your right, which you follow for 400m.



Other References/Comments:

The return walk is only an hour, but given the 'adventure' you can have while you are there, allow two!



Easy trail which can be made longer if you do the circuit. The falls at the end are beautiful, I was lucky enough to see it with some water flowing through it. Lots of little rock pools to sit in if you want to cool off once you get to the falls and are game enough to do a little scramble over the rocks.

MELG on 8 Jun, 2020

Great walk. Even though there wasn't much water going over the falls it was a great walk and took some cool photos

Graeme "Watto" on 14 May, 2020

So much fun exploring around the waterfalls! Best to take your shoes off if you’re doing a bit of scrambling :) bit slippery after the rain. Creek crossing was mid-shin level.

Acasualhiker on 28 Feb, 2020

Only a trickle in waterfall, will return after more rain.

Tania on 1 Jan, 2020

First section was a bit muddy but the long grass has been cut, easy bushwalk after that. River easy to get across. Great waterfall, rocks very slippery so not sure if you can get to the bottom. Lots of places to explore.

Linda on 15 Jun, 2019

Only did the walk to the falls as wanted to explore further down the falls themselves. There is a longer track and a map halfway to the falls.
It was very muddy when we did the walk but worth persevering along at pretty fun crossing the creek.
Keep left at the v on the grassy path (straight ahead), don't go to the right where it has the no horse sign.
Just remember that when you cross the creek you have to go straight up the rocky "track" till you see the sign pointing right. The creek was easy to cross where the rocks stick out of the water and then heading up to the left of them also easy.
We walked down the falls themselves so we could get a better view. The rocks are very slippery so I would be very careful and wouldn't recommend for children. Just have to take your time and you can get down quite low, safely.
Otherwise an easy walk and very nice, much better than we expected and were very impressed by the falls themselves.

Mon on 10 Jun, 2019

Really nice walk. There is a large area to explore at the falls so it’s quite fun. The only place we became confused was where we crossed o er the stream. We headed straight up the bank on what looked like a path but it disappeared into nothing. After retracing. Our steps back to the stream we found the correct path further to the left from where we crossed. It was super easy from there.

Ian and Sue on 23 Feb, 2019

Went back today with my daughter, started at the day use area in Mapleton.
It's a 8.5 KM walk, good track, spend some time at the falls hopping down to the gorge. We run into a snake on the way back.

andre on 6 Apr, 2018

didnt make it all the way, the water was just to high for me and my 6 year old. we'll be back one day

andre on 10 Mar, 2018

Falls are flowing after days of rain !

J on 24 Feb, 2018

Track was rather soggy after the heavy rain, initially took the right turn and hiked to a lovely lookout of the dam. Came back and found the river crossing and stunning falls/gorge! Definitely will be back soon, can even take the horses out here!

courtlalala on 3 Dec, 2017

This is approx 10km circuit trek from the Mapleton National Park Day use area. Easy to follow track and pretty hike. Allow approx 2.5 - 3 hours for general hike, longer if planning on climbing down the rocks to the gorge as mentioned below.

Cassablanca on 20 Aug, 2017

The first of the day's three waterfall walks and by far the best. Research details were limited, so it was a case of getting in there and following our noses! What we found at these seldom visited falls was such fun scrambling down over the boulders to where the falls disappear into the gorge chasm and then working our way around to the far side and attempting to get down into the gorge, but no route was found.

F.A.B. on 19 Apr, 2017


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