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Bush Walking @ Kondalilla Falls Circuit

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by Lindee.j (subscribe)
A new writer, I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. I am always finding something different to explore...
Published September 30th 2012
Kondalilla National Park, Maleny, is just a short drive north
from Montville, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

My sister and I spent the most enjoyable day there after spending time walking through the ever popular Montville Village.

Arriving at the carpark, we headed down to the picnic area for a light lunch. Plenty going on there; we had people barbecuing, a man playing his didgeridoo, a kookaburra flying low and putting on quite a show, and a birthday party. People were generally enjoying the peace and quiet.

How lucky were we when a monitor lizard paid a visit and kept us amused for quite some time before wandering across the grass back into the bush.

After lunch we took a leisurely walk through the rainforest down to the rock pools. There are several tracks you can take, all clearly marked as to ease of walking and approximate length of time it takes.

Along the way you can't help stopping to take in the sights.The plant and wild life is abundant. I found the trees fascinating with their faces watching us as we walked, stag and elk horn adorning their trunks.
Trees with faces

We saw and heard many species of birds flitting around, giving us a very serene feeling.

It didn't take too long to reach the Kondalilla Rock Pools, which is where Skene Creek drops 80 metres into the rainforest. Very picturesque and a great spot for photography.
Stairway of trees
Magnificent vistas from the rock pools

Families were soaking up the sun on the rocks, and the odd brave person took a very quick dip in the water, which was way too cold for me.
Rainforest Paradise
Kondalilla Rock Falls

We took photos then headed on down the track to the lookout where you get a great view of the falls. Although we hadn't had rain for quite some time, the falls were still very impressive. Again the view was majestic.
The Falls
Kondalilla meaning Rushing Water

Unfortunately we didn't have the time to do the whole circuit which is about 4.5 kilometres and does require a certain amount of fitness.

Kondalilla Falls rainforest is definitely top of my list for bush walks and next time I will allow a good 2 to 3 hours to take in some more of the walking tracks.
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Where: Glass House Mountains Road, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
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