Mapleton Conservation Park
Allow 30 mins
Elevation gain (m):
Max. elevation (m):
Moderate (Grade 4)
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A short walk, with possible rock-hop extension, to a small waterfall and swimming hole.
This moderately trafficked hike starts from a small car park at the end of Pump Station Road in Kiamba.
A very short stroll to the creek (South Maroochy River), which is visible from the car park, brings you to Wappa Falls and a series of rock pools that are popular for swimming in the warmer months.
There are options to rock-hop upstream or downstream, however neither presents many features (upstream does offer views to the dam wall).
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 falls.
Direction: This is an out-and back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from a small car park at the end of Pump Station Road in Kiamba, 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.
The car park is very small and becomes busy during the warmer months.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
If wanting to photograph the falls, it is recommended to visit during cooler months, when the walk is far less heavily trafficked or early in the day on warmer months.
This area is prone to flooding during or after rain, so be careful if visiting at these times. As always, be careful when swimming in natural rock pools – always check the water before diving and never swim alone.
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.