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Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published December 31st 2016
Rewards To Effort Ratio Were Multiple
Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Worth stopping to look at this Upper Mary River Valley map in the town of Conondale - Image: Elaine de Wet


Okay, this is one of those walks that took us longer to get there, than to actually do the walk. Silly us, so dependant on modern-day technology, only to discover that once we reached this mountainous region, we were unable to pick up any mobile signal, so a GPS or paper map (how archaic!) is the more-essential accessory to have taken along.

We had decided rather than braving our way around the after-Christmas sales, a walk-about was far more appealing, and we weren't disappointed.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Welcome to Conondale National Park - Image: Elaine de Wet


Conondale National Park is in the rugged Conondale Range with lush green rainforests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and absolutely spectacular scenery. The Booloumba Falls walk showcases the park's stunning surrounds and a diverse variety of wildlife.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
A 4WD high clearance vehicle is required for the creek crossings - Images: Elaine de Wet


Another very important piece of information I learned on arrival at the entrance to this breathtaking area is that only vehicles with high clearance four-wheel drive are able to access the roads - luckily for us, we didn't take my little car on this occasion. One has to drive through creeks, which I would imagine could get quite hectic, after heavy rains.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Cool off in the crystal clear mountain water - Images: Elaine de Wet


The reward of the Falls Walk is all worth it. You'll be immersed in the natural beauty of this remarkable, sprawling expanse as you follow a well-defined track through tall open forest and discover Booloumba Creek's cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. Admire The Breadknife from the Booloumba Gorge lookout, an impressive rock formation that marks the junction of Peters and Booloumba Creeks. Stunning water cascades giving you the the opportunity to cool off in the pristine crystal-clear mountain water with a swim at the base of the falls.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Natural beauty - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Bolooumba Falls Walk requires average fitness levels and one should allow at least two hours for this three kilometre return trip.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
The Bread Knife, junction of Peters and Booloumba Creeks - Image: Elaine de Wet


There are three different routes to take from the Sunshine Coast to reach Conondale National Park:-

Via M1 and Eumundi Kenilworth Road (according to google this is the fastest route) 82.6km - 1h21m;
Via Maleny Kenilworth Road 76.6km - 1h24m; or
Via Obi Obi Road 69.3km - 1h26m.

See google maps here for routes.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Camping area; 4WD tracks and walking trails - Images: Elaine de Wet


If a day-trip seems a bit overboard, why not indulge yourself with a camping trip at the Conondale National Park. There are numerous camping facilities available in this stunning area and were being well-utilised by families enjoying the spectacular surrounds.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Look who we found! - Image: Elaine de Wet


Booloumba Creek Camping Areas 1 and 3 are both nestled in luxuriant rainforest. They are high clearance four-wheel-drive accessible and for tents only. Campervans, caravans or camper trailers are not permitted in these areas. Vehicle parking spaces are provided beside the road adjoining the campsites - expect to carry camping gear a short distance. Some wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided but assistance will be required to negotiate the grassed areas.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Pristine rock pools - Image: Elaine de Wet


Booloumba Creek Camping Area 4 is located in a grassy open forest and has sites ideal for tents and large groups of people. It is also accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drives towing high-clearance caravans and camper trailers and high clearance four-wheel-drive camper vans.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Views from lookout - Image: Elaine de Wet


Charlie Moreland Camping Area is in nearby Imbil State Forest, on Sunday Creek Road in Kenilworth and is accessible by conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles.

In addition, there are three remote overnight walkers' camps located along the Conondale Range Great Walk.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Image: Elaine de Wet


Camping Fees from July 2016

Fees for camping permits in national parks and other protected areas, forest reserves, State forests and recreation areas, from 1 July 2016:
$6.15 per person per night, or $24.60 per family per night;
$3.40 per person per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.

Family Rate

A family is 1 or 2 adults and accompanying children under 18 years. The family rate applies to a maximum of 8 people in total.
Free of charge for children under 5 years of age
All prices include GST

Example 1
Group: 2 adults 3 to 6 children
Fees: 1 family
Total fee = $24.60 per night
Example 2
Group: 3 adults 5 children
Fees: 1 family ($24.60)  1 adult ($6.15)
Total fee = $30.75 per night

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
Spectacularly scenic region - Image: Elaine de Wet


Bookings can be made on-line; over-the-counter or by phone.
For a convenient Camping Fees Ready Reckoner, click here.

Booloumba Falls Walk, Conondale National Park, GPS, Conondale Range, high-clearance four-wheel drives, The Breadknife, crystal clear mountain water, swim at the base of the falls, three kilometre, 2 hours, camping facilities
A quirky home just outside the entrance to Conondale National Park - Image: Elaine de Wet


Be adventurous and get out there and enjoy the Conondale National Park - we did and the rewards to effort ratio were multiple.
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Why? To be adventurous and enjoy the great outdoors
When: Any day of the week
Where: Conondale QLD 4552
Cost: Free to walk the trail; camping fees apply
Your Comment
Well done Elaine! Another great article
by Brooke. A. R (score: 2|405) 55 days ago
Excellent pictures Elaine. This will encourage many to take the trouble to do a day trip from the coast
by Barry (score: 2|196) 54 days ago
Some very nice detailed work in the article :) Well done on the award
by RC (score: 2|778) 7 days ago
I enjoyed reading your article Elaine
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 1|63) 54 days ago
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