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Mapleton Falls & Wompoo Circuit

Sunshine Coast

Mapleton Falls National Park


Distance (kms):

1.5 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

52 m

Max. elevation (m):

405 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A spectacular lookout just a stone’s throw from the car park, offering views of Mapleton Falls and out into the Obi Obi Valley, as well as a pleasant stroll through the rainforest.

This moderately trafficked walk starts from the carpark at the end of Mapleton Falls Road in Mapleton.

From the car park, walk 50 metres to the clearly visible viewing platform that extends over the falls and valley floor.

The lookout provides amazing views of the 120m high Mapleton Falls, from which Pencil Creek plummets into the valley below. There are also uninterrupted views into the Obi Obi Valley.

When exiting the lookout, head left to the Wompoo Circuit, a pleasant 1.2 km walk which loops through lush rainforest above the waterfall.

The circuit crosses two creeks before the loop begins, with a second viewing platform at Peregrine Lookout offering obscured views into the valley.

The walk includes a number of wooden footbridges and meanders through towering piccabeen palms and strangler figs. 

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels.

Direction: The loop track can be completed in either direction.

getting there

The trail starts from the car park at the end of Mapleton Falls Road in Mapleton, 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.

Parking is ample, however the walk can be very busy, especially on weekends, so it can fill up.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

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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