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Gheerulla Valley Circuit, Sunshine Coast

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published June 1st 2014
A great hiking circuit near Mapleton
The Mapleton section of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk contains a 22 km walk called the Gheerulla Valley Circuit. This track will take you through Gheerulla Valley and up along the ridge overlooking the valley.

Gheerulla Valley Forest
Gheerulla Valley Forest


Most people will start the hike from along Delicia Road but if you don't want to leave your car in the middle of nowhere you can start form Mapleton and walk a 5 km track to the start of the circuit. Another alternative staring point is along Sam Kelly Road, off Kenilworth Road.

Fit and fast hikers can do the entire track in a single day, or alternatively there are two camp sites on the circuit and another one on the track to Mapleton. Many people choose to do only part of the hike as a return hike.

The valley part of the circuit follows the river and while it lacks spectacular views, it goes through some of the prettiest rainforest I have hiked in South East Queensland. A good day trip is to follow the valley track up to Gherulla Falls and return back to the starting point.

Gheerulla Creek
Gheerulla Creek


The upper part of the circuit provides more spectacular views, but it is a hot and dusty track that is going to be better in the cooler season though we did it in summer.

View of Gheerulla Valley
View of Gheerulla Valley


If you just want to do this section of the track then drive to the track along Delicia Road. You can turn the track into a circuit by following Delicia Road past farms back to where you parked your car.

Horse on a farm along Delicia Road
Horse on a farm along Delicia Road


Camping is possible but you need to book a campsite. The fee at the time of writing is $5.60 per person per night. Campsites have toilets and water though you should always try to bring your own water just to be on the safe side.

After the hike Mapleton has several places for coffee, cake or a meal. The Mapleton View Cafe has the best view though some people complain that the service is a little slow.

Mapleton View
Mapleton View
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Why? Lovely views and pretty forest
Where: Mapleton Forest Reserve
Cost: Free
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