Mapleton Falls is an awe-inspiring natural attraction that’s not to be missed when visiting the Sunshine Coast. Located just 40 minutes’ drive inland from the Mooloolaba, discover the beauty of Mapleton Falls National Park and enjoy the view from Mapleton Falls Lookout which overlooks Obi Obi Valley and the 120-meter tall waterfall.
I have put together this complete guide of Mapleton Falls which includes how to get there, the best time to visit Mapleton Falls and what to expect when you’re there!
Also, at the bottom of this Mapleton Falls guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay on the Sunshine Coast, a list of recommended tours and links to my other east coast Australia travel guides that you might like to check out!
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HOW TO GET TO MAPLETON FALLS
Mapleton Falls is located in Mapleton National Park just 40 minutes’ drive inland from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
There are no public transport options available to reach Mapleton Falls so you will need to have your own vehicle to visit.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MAPLETON NATIONAL PARK
The best time to visit Mapleton Falls National Park is between 8 am and 12 pm for the best lighting from the sun.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Mapleton Falls at any time during the day.
Mapleton Falls is a very popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit to Mapleton Falls for a weekday, you will get to enjoy it with fewer people.
Mapleton Falls Walk
ARRIVING AT MAPLETON FALLS
When you arrive at Mapleton National Park you’ll find a large parking lot with plenty of free parking spaces available which is conveniently located at the entrance to Mapleton Falls and Mapleton Falls Lookout.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the parking lot that you can make use of before and after your Mapleton Falls adventure.
Mapleton Falls National Park
MAPLETON FALLS LOOKOUT
From the parking lot, it’s a stone’s throw to the Mapleton Falls Lookout where you can catch the best view of Mapleton Falls and Obi Obi Valley.
This 120m tall waterfall features flowing water from Pencil Creek that gushes down a slate rock face and into the basin far below.
It’s not possible to access the base of Mapleton Falls, so make sure to get a few photos here at the Mapleton Falls Lookout before continuing on to the Wompoo Circuit.
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Mapleton Falls Lookout
Obi Obi Valley
The Wompoo Circuit is an easy 1.3km walk through the beautiful Mapleton Falls National Park that takes around 45 minutes return.
Wompoo Circuit is clearly signposted with an epic viewpoint along the way called Peregrine Lookout which offers spectacular views of Mapleton National Park and Obi Obi Valley.
The trail is mostly flat and leads through sub-tropical rainforest, consisting of wooden boardwalks and dirt tracks. Take your time, marvel at the towering canopy above and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding eucalypt forest.
Mapleton Falls National Park
The way to Peregrine Lookout
MAPLETON FALLS MAP
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WHERE TO STAY ON SUNSHINE COAST
The Sunshine Coast is a popular tourist hub meaning there is no shortage of accommodation options. It’s first in, best-dressed, especially in the peak holiday season which is between December and February.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay on the Sunshine Coast to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: BREEZE MOOLOOLABA
MID RANGE: NIGHTCAP AT GOLDEN BEACH TAVERN
BUDGET: BEACH HOSTEL MOOLOOLABA
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BEST SUNSHINE COAST TOURS
BEST TIME TO VISIT SUNSHINE COAST
The Sunshine Coast is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting the Sunshine Coast between May and October (Autumn – Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports.
Summer on the Sunshine Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and a lot of rainfall.
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AIRBNB SUNSHINE COAST
Another option for accommodation on the Sunshine Coast is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals near Mapleton Falls!
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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
- Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary
- Gold Coast: 11 Best Gold Coast Beaches
- Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
- Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools
- Brisbane: Things To Do In Brisbane
- Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay
- Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney
- Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne
- Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip
WHAT TO PACK FOR MAPLETON FALLS
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MAPLETON WATERFALLS
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Mapleton Falls, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!