A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published June 14th 2012
Deep breaths of crisp, fresh air, the sound of rustling leaves ... these are just some of the many reasons why I love hiking. If you are a hiking fan as well, the Kondalilla Falls hike circuit ranks highly on the 'places to go' list due to its stunning Glasshouse Mountains backdrop and soothing waterfall.
Located 54 km off Brisbane past the scenic Glasshouse Mountains Road, the Kondalilla Falls circuit is a 4.7km walk requiring a reasonable level of fitness. Ankle supporting footwear is needed. The walks in the area are classed in different categories. The Kondalilla Falls circuit walk is a class 3 walk - gently sloping, well defined track with slight inclines or few steps. Caution is needed on decomposed granite and exposed natural lookouts. This is a 2-3 hour walk so make sure you are prepared with plenty of drinking water.
The walk goes through the rainforest, past little creeks to the base of the waterfall.
Kondalilla Falls is appropriately named after the Aboriginal word 'Kondalilla' meaning rushing waters. I especially loved the tall eucalypt forest which made me feel as if I was in the middle of the wilderness instead of a 90 minute drive to Brisbane.
Staring at the waterfall is therapeutic in a peaceful way. The walking track has a lot of stairs so I felt as if I was getting a healthy amount of exercise. Being in the outdoors is a more interesting way of exercising compared to the gym and there is nothing like the feeling of being one with nature.
The walk is easy enough for children to hike on which makes it perfect for a free and fun family entertaining day. Make a game of looking out for rainforest species and emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes.
I am a fan of the TV series 'Once Upon a Time' and was delighted to find a tree that reminded me of the tree which Snow White's daughter was magically spirited away in. If you have not watched the TV series and have no idea what I am referring to, it is still fun to have a peek into the hollow of the tree.
There is also the reward of a picnic after the walk if food is prepared beforehand. If not, there is plenty of food in the nearby quaint towns of Montville and Maleny. If you are interested in a romantic weekend getaway, there is an option of staying at the nearby Treehouse of Montville.
If you are looking for a way to de-stress away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I truly recommend lacing up your hiking boots and enjoy the serenity of Kondalilla Falls.