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Baxter Falls (Northern Approach)

Sunshine Coast

Kondalilla National Park


Distance (kms):

4.3 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

235 m

Max. elevation (m):

415 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A hidden gem tucked away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, featuring an amazing waterfall and suspension bridge.

This lightly trafficked walk is a segment of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk and can be approached from either the north or south.

The northern approach starts off of Suses Pocket Road in Mapleton, however there is no parking on this road, so you’ll need to find somewhere on the nearby side streets off Obi Obi Road.

Follow Suses Pocket Road for about 400m, respecting the private property that surrounds the road.

Look for the Great Walk entrance to your left and follow the track as it winds steeply into the forest via a series of switchbacks.

Once you reach the suspension bridge, cross it and take the side-trail to your left upstream to the falls.

To return, simply retrace your steps, ensuring you don’t continue along the Great Walk. The exit out of the valley is steep, but relatively short, with beautiful forest scenery.

There is also an option to get to the falls using the Southern Approach.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. The descent and ascent into and out of the forest is via a number of steep switchbacks.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. While the ascent out of the forest is steep, it is relatively short.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track which returns the way it came.

getting there

The trail starts from Suses Pocket Road in Mapleton, 1.75 hours drive north of Brisbane.

The best spot for parking is on Esmaurel Close, 100m up Obi Obi Road from Suses Pocket Road. This is a residential street so be sure to respect those that live in the area when parking.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

An early start on a weekend or a weekday visit is advised.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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