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Baxter Falls (Southern Approach)

Sunshine Coast

Kondalilla National Park


Distance (kms):

6.2 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

261 m

Max. elevation (m):

430 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 southern approach is almost 2 kms longer then the northern approach and starts from a small car park off Flaxton Mill Road (across from Old Mill Lane) in Flaxton.

Take the track past the Flaxton Walker’s Camp and follow the signs to Baxter Falls.

The track starts as wide fire trails before narrowing to a graded path that winds steeply into the forest via a series of switchbacks and steps.

Just prior to the suspension bridge, there is a side-trail to your right 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 somewhat steep, but relatively short, with beautiful forest scenery.

There is also an option to get to the falls using the Northern 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 gradual switchbacks and steps.

For the more experienced, there are a number of off-track explorations that can be undertaken to explore the top of the falls, as well as the creek that feeds the falls. These require rock scrambling and navigation skills and include exposed areas and should not be attempted by novice hikers.

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

All off-track diversions have no marked trails. These require rock scrambling and navigation skills and include exposed areas (high cliff faces). These should not be attempted by novice hikers.

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

getting there

The trail starts from a small car park off Flaxton Mill Road (across from Old Mill Lane) in Flaxton, 1.75 hours drive north of Brisbane.

Parking is limited, however typically sufficient for how trafficked the walk is.

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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