Set up high in our beautiful hinterland, an hour’s drive from Noosa or thirty minutes from Maleny, the Mapleton National Park trails are the perfect opportunity to take your time and experience towering rainforests and waterfalls, reconnect with nature while taking a breath of fresh mountain air, and leave the urban buzz behind you. If singletrack isn’t your vibe, or you’re simply looking for more of an adventure ride and the serenity of the hinterland, this is where it’s at.
Park at the Mapleton Day use area for easiest access to these stunning National Park tracks. Pack your sense of adventure (and maybe a picnic!) and feel your wheels cruising on serene, multi-use firetrails while you explore. This is a great option if you’re travelling with a non-rider who is still keen for a hike or a run, or with kids looking for less technical wide open trails, as the forgiving forest trails are open to all self-propelled adventures.
If you’re an early riser looking for golden rays and a sunrise spectacle, park the car at Mapleton Day Use Area and ride out onto the Oakey Creek lookout track. This Eucalypt lined firetrail will lead you to a magnificent lookout on a rocky cliff edge. Put the bike down and just sit for a while, gazing out across our spectacular hinterland from above. Find yourself looking down on the clouds, across to the Conondale Range and the vast Mary Valley below and you’ll be transported to a truly magical place in nature, with just the soundtrack of birdsong in your ears. All up, you’ll find yourself riding for around 18km on this out and back route off the beaten track.
If chasing waterfalls is something you adore (who doesn’t?), then head onto the shorter 8.5km Kureelpa Falls Circuit and pack the camera! Halfway along the circuit you’ll hear the majestic rush of water and take a short stroll (400m) to see the magical falls.
Return to the trailhead where you’ll find toilets, BBQs and picnic tables, or build a day of adventure and continue to explore along trails and endless dirt roads underneath the dappled light of a leafy canopy overhead.
For post-ride refreshments, head into the nearby quaint town of Mapleton and check out the local cafes - La Botiga is a favourite of local mountain bike club, the Bushrangers.
For any trail closures or warnings please see https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mapleton
For other great tracks and trails visit - adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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