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Gheerulla Falls

Sunshine Coast

Mapleton National Park


Distance (kms):

2.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

124 m

Max. elevation (m):

327 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short but steep walk down a fire trail to a waterfall which flows only after substantial recent rain.

This lightly trafficked walk begins from a small car park on Delicia Road in Mapleton.

The walk involves a short, but relatively steep, descent down a fire trail, alongside lush rainforest and a steep gorge to a creek below.

Pass through the gate and follow the track down the fire trail to Gheerulla Creek. There is a signpost just before the creek crossing instructing you to head right.

Follow the right path approximately 100m to the falls. Note, these falls are typically dry and only flow after substantial recent rain.

Be sure not to continue straight at the creek crossing, as this is a continuation of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk.

To return to the car park, simply retrace your steps.

Track: The track is a relatively well-maintained fire trail for the majority of the walk, with a short, graded path from the fire trail to the waterfall. There is adequate signage making the track easy to follow. The descent and ascent to the falls is via a steep, but short, fire trail.

Difficulty: The track is relatively steep but is quite short. It is suitable for all fitness levels, provided you take your time.

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

getting there

The trail starts from a small car park on Delicia Road in Mapleton (near Pencil Creek Road), 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.

There is signage at the car park denoting that the track is an access point for the Sunshine Coast Great Walk.

Parking is ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

This waterfall only flows after substantial recent rain, so is best done then, 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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