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Kiamba Road Falls

Sunshine Coast

Cooloolabin Conservation Park


Distance (kms):

0.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

13 m

Max. elevation (m):

80 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short walk, with possible rock-hop extension, along a picturesque creek with a number of quirky and unique features.

This lightly trafficked hike starts from a small car park off of Kiamba Road in Kiamba, nestled within Cooloolabin Conservation Park.

A very short stroll to the creek (South Maroochy River), which is visible from the car park, brings you to the main cascades and a rock pool that would be an ideal place to cool off in the warmer months.

A small tributary joins the main creek, and the road bridge across it is extremely photogenic.

From here there are options to rock-hop upstream (moderate difficulty) or downstream (harder difficulty), as well as upstream of the adjoining tributary.

Neither direction involves tracks, so is an off-track excursion. While keeping the creek in sight minimises the possibility of becoming lost, this should only be attempted if you have adequate rock scrambling and navigation skills.

Track: The track to the main cascades is very short and graded and easy to follow. Any explorations up or downstream are off-track and unsigned.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. Basic rock scrambling and navigation skills are required if exploring further beyond the main cascades.

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

getting there

The trail starts from a small car park off of Kiamba Road in Kiamba (near the narrow bridge between Atkinson and Hillcrest Roads), 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.

The car park is very small and there is limited street parking, however the location is typically quiet.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

This area would be prone to flooding during or after rain, so be careful if visiting at these times.

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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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