Mapleton is a small and sweet hinterland village with soaring views that stretch across the
coastal plains and down to the ocean on one side, and dense sub-tropical rainforest blanketing the other.
In Mapleton Forest Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park, you’ll feel lost inside a land before time, as you walk among lush piccabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall blackbutt forests. This is a true paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and birdwatchers.
In fact, the annual Blackall 100 can see you run through these rainforest trails.
Make sure to visit the Mapleton Falls Lookout Platform – located at the end of Mapleton
Falls Road – where you’ll be able to appreciate the full 120m drop of Mapleton Falls into the valley below.
On your way back to town, make sure to keep an eye out for local produce stalls by the roadside that sell that everything from fresh avocados to pineapples and honey, before finishing with lunch at the Mapleton Tavern.
If you’re looking to stay the night, you’ll find luxury and comfort at Clouds Mapleton Retreats, or get back in touch with nature at Lilyponds Holiday Park.
For a truly unique experience, stay the night at Mapleton Springs. The owners of this beautifully appointed property are also wildlife carers and offer guests the opportunity to take part in a wildlife tour where they can learn about what is takes to rescue and care for injured or orphaned native animals such as koalas and kangaroos.