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Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk - Flaxton Mill Road to Ubajee Walkers Camp Return

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published April 8th 2022
A beautiful walk in nature
Baxter Falls
Baxter Falls


It was my third trip on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. This time it was a last-minute change when our planned weekend bushwalking trip to Lake Wyaralong was cancelled due to track closure.

Nice ferns and track
Nice ferns and track


A lot of the group pulled out because of the change and expected wet weather. In the end, there were just three of us. I was keen because it was an area of the Great Walk I hadn't done before. On this trip, we planned to start from Flaxton Mill Road, walk down to Baxter Creek and Falls, then to Mapleton Falls and onto Ubajee Walkers Camp where we planned to camp overnight. We would retrace our steps on our return trip the next day.

Ready to head off
Ready to head off


Big tree
Big tree


The 58 kilometre Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is 90 kilometres north of Brisbane in the Blackall Range. It takes about 4 days to complete the whole walk but it is possible to do sections of the walk as day walks or short 1 or 2 day overnight walks. The whole walk is well signposted and is shaped like a P.

My first trip was a bit of a disaster in 2017 where I got lost.

I did the next walk in the area in 2021, my second walk in the area.

On this trip, we set off from Flaxton Mill Road. We passed the Flaxton Walkers Camp a short walk from the road, then headed down to Baxter Creek and the Baxton Creek Falls where we stopped for a snack. It was a fairly steep track down to the Falls, with lots of steps and some muddy parts after recent rain. The short track to the bottom of the Falls leads off to the right.

Barbara on the bridge across Baxter Creek
Barbara on the bridge across Baxter Creek


After sitting by the Falls for a short stop, we walked across the swing bridge and started the slog up to the road leading onto Mapleton Falls.

Steps up from Baxter Creek
Steps up from Baxter Creek


The track on the other side of the creek was long and steep. I found it a bit hard because I hadn't carried a full pack for about nine months, and my fitness wasn't great due to lots of walks being cancelled due to recent wet weather, floods and Covid.
We eventually reached the top and came out onto Suses Pocket Road, then we walked along the road about 2 kilometres to Mapleton Falls.

Baxter Creek
Baxter Creek


We stopped at the lookout over Mapleton Falls, then had lunch in the picnic area before heading off to Ubajee Walkers Camp where we planned to camp the night.

Water beside track
Water beside track


It was a lovely walk through a variety of habitats with birds singing and one snake sunning itself on the track. We stopped to look at the information boards at the Linda Garrett car park. The last 6 or 7 kilometres seemed very long and we were pleased to finally reach the campsite, as we were all tired after walking about 14 kilometres in the heat. The forecasted rain didn't come and I was sweating a lot. I almost wished it would rain to cool me down.

Ubajee Walkers Camp
Ubajee Walkers Camp


Drop toilet and water tank at camp
Drop toilet and water tank at camp


Love my light weight tarp tent
Love my light weight tarp tent


We were the only campers at the campsite. After setting up camp and having a cup of tea, we walked down to the lookout, which was very close with beautiful views over the Gheerulla Valley and hills. I walked down to the lookout again early the next morning to watch the sunrise.

View from Ubajee camp lookout
View from Ubajee camp lookout


The campsite had a drop toilet, water tank and wooden platform seats. Each site can accommodate 2 tents. We did need to treat the water. I boiled some for the next day and also used some tablets to treat water for carrying out the next day.

Snack time
Snack time


On our return walk, we did the very short detour to the Peregrine Lookout. It is only a few metres down this track to the lookout where there are nice views of the valley. We ran into a group of adventurous young people who were planning to climb down to the bottom of the waterfall.

Yellow fungi
Yellow fungi


This walk has everything including waterfalls, rainforest, wildlife and fantastic views with amazing scenery.

Happy walkers
Happy walkers


I'm glad we went and didn't let the threat of rain put us off. Over the whole weekend, we only had some very light rain for a short time after reaching camp We had our tents set up and just resting in our tents until the rain stopped.

Into the forest
Into the forest


I realised I need to do more regular training walks and more walks carrying a full pack. I was stiff for days after I got home. The other two were fine, but they do a lot more walks than me and train with heavy packs too.

On way to Mapleton Falls
On way to Mapleton Falls


I'm looking forward to going back this weekend to do some more walking and camping two nights. We plan to camp the first night at Ubajee Walkers campsite and the second night at Thilba Thalba campsite. After that trip, I will have almost completed the whole walk apart from the section from Baroon Pocket Dam to Flaxton Mill Road (about 14.5 kilometres). I've heard there is a fair bit of road walking on this part so I'm not too keen to do that section.

I finally got back to do the section from Ubajee to Mapleton Falls which I missed on my first visit after I got lost.
Mapleton Falls from lookout
Mapleton Falls from lookout


I recommend this Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk and encourage anyone to do it. You can book the campsites easily on the National Parks website and camping is only $6.85 per person per night.


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A great walk Roz. A bit beyond me these days, but with your article I felt I was there. Congrats on the silver.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4354) 169 days ago
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