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The Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

June 15, 2021
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Kondalilla Falls in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is an adventurers’ holiday. Pack your sunscreen, hat, swimwear, sunnies, a good pair of good walking shoes, some water and a camera because your about to witness a “hinterland” gem.

The day begins with a drive towards Flaxton with a detour to Kondalilla Falls. Grab your backpack and begin the walk! The beautiful lush rainforest, rivers, falls, bird sounds and general nature make this a stunning walk especially after rainfall when everything will be at its best.

The walk from Baroon Pocket Dam to Kondalilla Falls is around 10km, so up to 2 1/2 hours. There are about 300 steps, a couple of lookout spots and some small sections of boardwalk to keep things interesting.

The walk can be started from either end, do the whole thing and return (around 20km), or just part of it. Definitely worth checking it out. You’ll love swimming in the refreshing rock pools! It’s a delightful location in the Glasshouse Mountains.

Sunday morning drive through the Glasshouse Mountains

Take a leisurely drive through the Glasshouse Mountains and you may pass one of the most iconic cafe’s in the region. We opted for the Eggs Benedict, but you may like the traditional Devonshire Teas on offer.

Top Tip!

Get there early so you can get the bench seat with the open window view (as pictured). We loved the view so much we ordered a 2nd coffee and a dessert just to admire the view longer.

The lookout is only a few hundred metres drive further uphill.

5 Free Hinterland Experiences

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains landscape.

You’ll enjoy walking past waterfalls, peering into gorges and resting near rock pools. There’s some stunning views and wonderful lookouts along the way. Notice the plant communities around you and how they change from warm subtropical rainforest to tall open eucalypt forest; all protected in three beautiful national parks—Kondalilla, Mapleton Falls and Mapleton.

Obi Obi Creek Walk is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maleny, Queensland, Australia that features a river and is good viewing place to spot a platypus.

Explore this beautiful walking track that leads from Kondalilla Falls down the escarpment into a lush rainforested valley then climbs up the ridge again to return.

From the Kondalilla Falls car park, walk 100-metres downhill (with steps) to a large grassed picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.

The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook, when he was sailing north during his epic journey along Australia’s east coast. He navigated the area on May 17, 1770 in HM Bark Endeavour. After viewing this wonder, he called it ‘Glasshouse Mountains’.

4 Hinterland Camping Locations

  • Mapleton Cabins and Caravan Park
  • Flaxton Walkers Camp
  • Lilyponds Holiday Park
  • Oceanview Tourist Park
Camp Fire - Sunshine Coast Hinterland

We recommend a long-stay in this region due to a diverse range of activities, sights, and tours. You are just a short drive away from another one of our favourite towns, Eumundi. Would you like us to visit your region and put it on our blog? Contact us today.

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