Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walks

19 Oct 2017

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature along one of the "Great Walks" through Kondalilla National Park, Mapleton Falls and Mapleton National Park. Expect to see gorges, waterfalls, rock pools, scenic views, warm subtropical rainforest and tall open eucalypt forests.

There are exciting opportunities to spot the local wildlife, including more than 100 species of birds, about 70 reptile species and more than 30 frog species.

The Great Walk's multiple access points offer diverse walking opportunities, including 58 km walks with overnight bush camps, as well as multiple full day walks and half-day walks. 

Journey Details

Duration: 2 Days       Mode of Transport: Car and foot      Degree of Difficulty: 2/5


  • Forest hikes
  • Food and drinks


Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast hinterland great walks.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walks.

Start your trek at Flaxton Mill Road, entrance to Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. This stunning natural walk is made up of 7km of diverse habitat of deep rainforest gullies, Blackbutt forest and dry stony slopes of grasstrees and Allocasuarina trees. It is an important habitat for the Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, so make sure to keep an eye out for these sensational birds. 

As you walk through the forest, keep in mind that you are wandering amongst one of the oldest protected habitats in the region. You can even see 300+ year old Flooded Gums that managed to escape the axe, back in the day. Listen out for the tranquil gurgle of Pencil Creek, as it feeds into Mapleton Falls, which is the main feature of this walk, along with the stunning outlook over the Obi Obi Creek valley. The higher elevation of Mapleton Falls National Park means there is an abundance and variety of bird species in the area. The team at Tropical Treks will provide binoculars for you to sneak a peek at the endangered Peregrine Falcon nests on the high cliffs, as well as a picnic lunch to refuel after your forest hike.

Make your way to your luxury accommodation at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat for a couple of hours of relaxation. Enjoy the perfect combination of romance with log fireplaces and deep spa baths, mixed with the practical holiday comforts of a personal coffee machine and free WIFI.


For dinner, make your way by car to Wild Rocket @ Misty’s Micro Brewery. Situated in one of the most historic buildings in Montville, the former 'Fancy Goods & Lolly Shop' is now the perfect restaurant space, with many quirky nooks and crannies. Dinner is a selection of the best local produce and free range organic meats. In fact, everything is made onsite, from beef sausages, breads, stock, sauces and even the jams and chutneys that are served with scones.

After dinner, make your way back to your accommodation and settle in for a romantic night amongst the secluded hinterland.

Dinner options

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat. @duydash
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat. Credit: @duydash

Start your morning slowly and order breakfast from your accommodation. Enjoy a delicious meal in the privacy of your pavilion, before heading to Mapleton Falls National Park for your next hiking adventure.

The Mapleton Falls trek is only 3 km. You will walk along a circuit, stopping along the way for some beautiful view points for photos, before taking a break for morning tea provided by Tropical Treks. 

After your morning walk, either book in for another night in the hinterland, or take the short drive down to the coast and soak up the sun on one of the pristine beaches. Explore the amazing café scene for your choice of delicious lunch spots and maybe even a sneaky bevvy or two to welcome in the afternoon and reminisce on an unforgettable getaway.

Hinterland accommodation options

TIP: Before you leave

  • Check for road closures.
  •  If you are planning a day trip, Tropical Treks have a complimentary transfer from accommodations in the Noosa area. Accommodations south of Coolum are asked to meet at the Coolum Beach Visitor Information Centre.
  • If you are planning on overnighting in the Hinterland, contact Tropical Treks in advance to arrange an alternate meeting point.

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