Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Just behind the Sunshine Coast, in the scenic Blackall Range and Kondalilla National Park, a cool mountain retreat. The small villages of Montville, Maleny and Mapelton are all beautiful places to stay with a range of accommodation and dining options. Romantic escapes, weekend getaways, family holidays, the villages are perfect for everyone.

There are lovely walks in Kondilla National Park, these are easily accessible from the surrounding villages.

Montville is the closest to Kondalilla National Park, Maleny is about 12km south of Montville. Mapelton is about 10km north of Montville and also access the Mapelton Falls National Park.

Getting there
From Brisbane, travel 54km north along the Bruce Highway, then follow the scenic Glass House Mountains Road 22km north to the Landsborough turnoff. Drive on a further 10km to reach Maleny, then another 12km to Montville. From the north, travel to Nambour, then head 15km west to Mapleton. Continue 10km towards Montville to the park turnoff on the right or continue another 12 kms to Maleny.

Click here to view an interactive road map of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland including Montville, Maleny and Mapelton

Kondilla National Park - Walking Tracks
Picnic Creek circuit — 2.4km (Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour) Class 2
This easy, relatively flat walk crosses Picnic Creek (400m from start), passes through tall eucalypt forest with patches of wet sclerophyll forest – a mix of eucalypt and rainforest species. Enjoy views over the valley from a lookout point.

Rock Pools walk — 3.2km return (Allow 1 hour) Class 3
The walk follows Picnic Creek circuit and a track that links the circuit with the Kondalilla Falls circuit. The rock pools are a feature above the waterfall on Skene Creek. View the rainforest valley below. Look for emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes, dense stands of piccabeen palms and intriguing shapes of pink ash, Alphitonia petriei. The walk back up the hill includes over 100 stairs and requires a reasonable fitness level.

Kondalilla Falls circuit — 4.6km ( Allow 1.5–2 hours) Class 3
This track follows the Rock Pools walk to the top of Kondalilla Falls and then continues past the lookout, winding down through the rainforest to the base of the waterfall. Take the opportunity this track provides to explore the valley's features.

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