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 July 25th 2016
Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints
Kondadilla Falls Circuit
Take nothing but photographs, Leave nothing but footprints - I love this!
Kondadilla is an Aboriginal word meaning 'rushing waters' and refers to the ninety metre Kondadilla Falls that, during the rainy months, cascades down into a rainforest valley in the Blackall Range. From the 1880's to the early 1900's, the forest around Kondadilla was severely logged for red cedar, blackbutt and tallowwood. Luckily for us, this area is now protected and boasts many species of birds, numerous rare animals like the pouched frog and vulnerable plants including the Red Bopple Nut (Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia - a small tree of the family Proteaceae), which produces fleshy, red fruits during spring and summer, containing large edible nuts.
There are are quite a few walking trails, including the 58 kms 'Great! Walk' through the Sunshine Coast hinterland which should be absolutely stunning as visitors will see some of the most scenic sections of the Blackall Range, Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondadilla National Park;
Trees so colossal we can fit inside them!
The Picnic Creek Circuit - a 1.7km return trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour of easy walking with the end result a lookout over the stunning valley; and the
Kondadilla Falls Circuit - a 4.7km return walk, which should take between two to three hours (depending on how often you stop to admire the beauty around you to take photos) - this one is rated as being of medium difficulty and winds itself down through the rainforest to the base of the waterfall with one hundred steps back up on your return journey - definitely designed to test your sense of humour!
The trees seem to go on forever!
Our choice was the Kondadilla Falls Circuit and what an incredible journey it was - taking us to the rock pools (okay, this one was a slight detour, but only added two hundred or so metres to the trip); but the absolute breathtaking beauty of the surrounding rainforests, all the while listening to the water in the distance, is truly a magical experience! The sounds of silence with the occasional Whip Bird breaking into our reverie, was an absolute delight! The final masterpiece stroke was reaching the swimming hole and being able to sit down on the rocks and enjoy the serenity of everything Mother Nature has to offer - an unparalleled experience!
Absolutely breathtaking area!
The walk took us an hour and forty-five minutes, with all the photographic stops that we took, was relatively easy and well worth a return some day or perhaps I'll be a bit more adventurous and try a section of the Great! Walk.
We entered the National Park on Kondadilla Falls Road, Flaxton, and found this whole area beautifully maintained and clean, with picnic tables, a large grassed-area and ablution blocks, which were sparkling clean too.
The final stroke of the masterpiece - a rockpool!
I would highly recommend a trip to this beautiful area on the Sunshine Coast especially for those who love to be outdoors in the clean, fresh air and to sample Mother Nature at her best! Sturdy walking boots, drinking water and perhaps some insect repellant (in summer) is all you need for this unforgettable walk.