Mapleton National Park Walk the Lesser-known Track

Mapleton National Park Walk the Lesser-known Track

Mapleton National Park Walk the Lesser-known Track

Mapleton National Park provides perhaps one of the most challenging of all the sections of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s Great Walk.

However, it also seems to be the lesser known of other walks, perhaps due to its proximity behind the very popular Mapleton Falls National Park.

Mapleton National Park should not be confused with Mapleton Falls National Park, although the two are quite near each other. The complete 58km Great Walk utilises both – Mapleton Falls National Park is included in section three of the walk, while Mapleton National Park is section four of the walk.

Entry is via Delicia Road, Mapleton, or by following the signs along the walking track within Mapleton Falls National Park.

The Mapleton National Park walk includes steeper gradients, a myriad of roots along the path which require vigilance from tripping, several sections where walkers must climb over large trees that lie across the track.

It also delivers perhaps the widest variety of landscapes as any of the sections of the Great Walk – thick rainforest, palm forests, thinned treed bushland, grasslands, steep rocky inclines and damp waterfall areas.

This walk does provide the most visual reminder of the area’s logging past, with countless tree stumps bearing the signs of the lumberjacks and their axe-work to fell these majestic and lucrative sources of building timber.

The 7.3km return walk from the parking area to Gheerulla Falls takes approximately 3.5 hours. Make sure you take the usual water and perhaps some energy-providing snacks. And it’s advisable to switch your mobile phone to aeroplane mode for much of the walk to avoid losing battery power while your phone searches for scant reception.

Ubajee Walkers Camp is a 5.1km walk from the Delicia Road entrance to the Mapleton National Park. The park features several camping sites among grassy bushland and a pit toilet. Water supplies at the site must be boiled before drinking.

Bookings to use the camp are required through Queensland Parks and Wildlife.

If you’re up for a good solid walk that is a little more challenging than other national parks, then the Mapleton National Park is a must-visit.

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