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Day Tripping to Wappa Falls and Jack Harrison 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 September 29th 2020
No matter the season, family favourites will be the reason
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Wappa Falls is quite magnificent after a good rainfall


On the banks of the Wappa Dam, day-trippers will discover a lush-green open parkland, called Jack Harrison Park - also known as Wappa Park. Wappa Dam and its surrounds provide a natural sanctuary to a multitude of native wildlife and forms part of an important wildlife habitat linking to Mapleton National Park. These native animals need to be protected, so unfortunately, this is one outdoor activity our furry family members cannot participate in.

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Jack Harrison Park has large, lush green parklands, perfect for picnicking


The Jack Harrison Park has undercover picnic spots and BBQ facilities with enviable views overlooking the dam, perfect for family get-togethers and special milestone celebrations. In Autumn, the Jack Harrison Park becomes a kaleidoscope of warmth and vibrancy, as a motley of maple leaves fill the sky with their glorious sun-burnt reds. Feel the crunch of the leaves underfoot, heralding the start of another new season.

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An open picnic area with spectacular water views


Following a short bushwalk from Jack Harrison Park, wild water daredevils will find the exhilarating and refreshing Wappa Falls swimming hole and rock falls. Alternatively, one can reach the Wappa Falls directly, via Pump Station Road, where limited street parking can be found, and follow the little track through the scrub to the water. A word of caution here: the rocks to access the swimming hole from the parking area may be slippery and a bit of scrambling may be required to access the water.

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Adventurers taking advantage of the cool waters


There are no lawn areas or picnic facilities at Wappa Falls, so a suggestion for day-trippers would be to set up at Jack Harrison Park and scoot off to the Falls for a refreshing dip every now and then. The swimming hole is surrounded by rocks, which absorb the heat from the sun, making them perfect spots for drying off and sunbaking. On a good day there are plenty of leisure seekers lounging around, enjoying the scenery and the activities.

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Calmer waters in downstream pools are a safer swimming option


There has sadly been a fatality at the Wappa Falls - we came across the memorial plaque, set in the rocks - due to a young person swimming after heavy rains. Visitors tend to throw caution to the wind and are often seen jumping from the rocks above the falls into the swimming hole, but this can be an extremely slippery take-off area, so wild water swimmers need to be experienced swimmers and be aware of the dangers. The pools downstream from the swimming hole have calmer waters and are generally less populated, which is the safer swimming option.

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Please take note of the cautions - children to be supervised at all times!


There are no camping areas at Wappa Dam nor at the Jack Harrison Park, but happy campers can access camping sites within the Mapleton National Park here.

Facilities at Jack Harrison Park -
Drinking water is available
BBQ on site
Picnic tables on-site, undercover and otherwise
Toilets, with disabled access, on-site

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Children's play area at Jack Harrison Park


Children's playground on site
Walking
Bird-watching

Please note no dogs, no camping and no water-based activities (including fishing from the shoreline) are permitted at the day-use, Jack Harrison Park.

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Bird watching...


How to get to Wappa Falls and Jack Harrison Park -

Travelling north on the Bruce Highway, take the Yandina exit and head into Yandina town. At the first roundabout, turn left into Fleming Street and then left again at the traffic lights into Nambour North Connection Road. After 1km turn right into Wappa Falls Road. Turning right into Pump Station Road will take you to the head of the falls car park. To access the Jack Harrison Park, continue further along Wappa Falls Road and turn right into Wappa Park Road.

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Thanks to www.seqwater.com.au for a great directional map


Wappa Falls and Jack Harrison Park are both open every day, all year round. The Jack Harrison Park is subject to seasonal closing times and during summer the hours are usually between 6.00am to 6.00pm (these hours may be affected by Covid restrictions).

Bookmark a date, the long days of summer are about to hit our shores and pack a picnic for an adventurous family day trip to Wappa Falls and Jack Harrison Park on Wappa Dam. No matter the season, these two spectacular locations are sure to become firm family favourites.

Day tripping, Wappa Falls, Jack Harrison Park, Wappa Dam, Wappa Park, wildlife sanctuary, Mapleton National Park, no dogs, undercover picnic spots, BBQ facilities, enviable water views, family get-togethers, milestone celebrations, swimming hole, rock falls, leisure seekers, no camping, drinking water, toilets with disabled access, children's playground, walking, bird-watching, no camping, no fishing, family day trip, firm family favourite
Dam wall at Jack Harrison Park


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Why? To spend a leisurely day at the water
When: Open every day, all year round
Where: Jack Harrison Park, Wappa Park Road, Kiamba, QLD | Wappa Falls, Pump Station Road, Kiamba, QLD
Cost: FREE to access
Your Comment
Well worth the trip. Thanks for reminding me Elaine
by Barry (score: 3|1881) 29 days ago
A beautiful location Elaine. Definitely a "I wish I was there" place
by Neil Follett (score: 2|939) 29 days ago
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