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Section of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

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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 November 18th 2021
Gueerulla Falls
Gueerulla Falls


Back in 2017, I spent a weekend at Mapleton in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and did a walk on part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. I got a bit lost on that walk and wrote about that trip here.

Thilba Thalba campsite
Thilba Thalba campsite


Recently, I went back for another weekend to Mapleton to do some more walking on the Great Walk tracks. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is a 58-kilometre walk, which takes around four days but it can be broken up into day walks. There are three overnight campsites with platforms, untreated drinking water and a toilet at Thilba Thalba, Ubajee and Flaxton camps.

Mapleton Caravan Park and my old torn tent
Mapleton Caravan Park and my old torn tent


This time I was with my bushwalking club. We stayed at the Lilyponds Caravan Park. I had stayed in a cabin at the Mapleton Cabin and Caravan Park last time. They are both very nice parks. Some of us camped and some stayed in cabins.

Nice views
Nice views


Mapleton is a beautiful little town in the Blackall Ranges behind the Sunshine Coast. There are fantastic views over the hinterland from the main street. I took some photos from the pub verandah of the beautiful Sunset on Saturday night.

Sunset from Mapleton Hotel


Final hill
Final hill


I camped in my poor old 1985 Macpac Olympus tent. It ripped as I was putting the poles through it when putting it up. Luckily it didn't rain overnight. I did have a fly to put over it just in case.

Bush track
Bush track


Creek crossing
Creek crossing


After everyone arrived and got set up, we all went for dinner at Bella Vista and had delicious pizzas.

Deep creek crossing
Deep creek crossing


Early Saturday morning we drove to an entrance near the Thilba Thalba Walkers' Camp on Delicia Road, about 9 kilometres NW of Mapleton. We left one car there and drove all the other cars to our endpoint at M4 on Delicia Road a short walk from Gueerulla Falls. One car brought the drivers back to our starting point.

Grass trees
Grass trees


After the drivers returned, we set off on our 14.58 kilometre walk. It was very interesting; it's only 300m along a forestry road to Thilba Thalba Walker's Camp.

Crossing
Crossing


We passed through different environments including subtropical rainforest, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, deep creek crossings and beautiful views. The area contains a wide variety of plants and animals. People who do the full walk and stay at the campsites need to book through National Parks.

Another nice view
Another nice view


There was a lot more water in the creek and at the Gheerulla waterfall than on my previous trip. At that time, the creek was very low and there was only a trickle over the waterfall. This time, after lots of rain, we needed to wade through the creek several times and the waterfall was pumping.

Lots of water in creek
Lots of water in creek


One of our brave walkers went for a swim at the waterfall. I was tempted to jump in because I was pretty hot but after my friend said it was freezing I decided against it. Another walker found a fat tiger leech on her foot after we got back to the cars.

Good sign posts
Good sign posts


After changing into dry clothes, we drove up to have a look at the Linda Garrett Park and the interesting Mapleton Cemetery. The park is named after its benefactor Linda Garrett, who donated a $500,000 parcel of land for conservation.

More views
More views


After a nice hot shower and rest back at the caravan park, we went to the pub for dinner. The next day after packing up we headed off for a walk through Noosa National Park.



I really enjoyed my return visit to Mapleton and my walks there. I have completed a circuit now of part of the Great Walk and just need to go back and do the section from Ubajee walkers camp to Flaxton walkers camp.

Shady creek
Shady creek


Gueerulla Falls
Gueerulla Falls
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Why? A beautiful walk
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Where: Mapleton area of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Cost: Free. Camping fees if camping
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What a walk Roz. That waterfall looks spectaular
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3618) 10 days ago
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