Picnic Creek & Rock Pool Circuits
Kondalilla National Park
Allow 45 mins
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Max. elevation (m):
Easy (Grade 3)
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A shortened version of the Kondalilla Falls track, excluding the base of the falls, but still including rock pools, foot bridges and lookouts.
The heavily trafficked walk begins from the Kondalilla Falls Picnic area, descending through the picnic grounds, equipped with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets, to the start of the trail.
The walk to the top of the falls is an easy stroll through lush forest, via wooden boardwalks, paved switchbacks and stairs. The footbridge and stairs at the Picnic Creek waterfall are particularly scenic.
From the top of the stairs at the Picnic Creek waterfall, take the right to stay on the Rockpools Circuit.
There are fantastic views of the rainforest valley from Obi Obi Lookout, as well as from the top of the falls at the rockpools.
The natural rock pools at the top of the falls are the perfect place for a swim during warmer months, with a beautiful small waterfall flowing from Skene Creek.
From the top of the falls, retrace your steps. A short detour to the left - just before starting the switchback back up the hill - is recommended, with spectacular views of the falls from a lookout.
Head back towards the car cark, taking a right at the junction to complete the Picnic Creek Circuit before returning to the start point.
There is also the option to extend this walk and continue to the base of Kondalilla Falls.
Track: Graded and well-signed, with steps, railings and paths at times. The track is easy to follow. The descent and ascent to the rockpools is via a number of somewhat steep switchbacks and steps.
Difficulty: The track involves a number of stairs and relatively steep switchbacks. It is suitable for all fitness levels, provided you take your time.
Direction: The Picnic Creek circuit loop can be completed in either direction, however anti-clockwise is recommended.
The trail starts from the Kondalilla Falls Picnic Area on Kondalilla Falls Road in Flaxton, 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.
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.
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.
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