Kondalilla Falls is a beautiful waterfall located within the Kondalilla National Park, which can be reached via the scenic Blackall Range. The falls themselves consist of a 90m waterfall where the Skene Creek drops to the rainforest valley below.
The name “Kondalilla” is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’ and describes this park’s waterfall during the summer wet season. The cascades are the number one attraction within the park, and it has long been a favourite swimming hole for locals and visitors who want to escape the summer heat while enjoying a little adventure.
Kondalilla Falls, Swimming Hole & Walks, Montville, Qld
The best way to discover the falls is by taking the circuit of the same name; it’s the main path that visitors hike upon arrival here. The trail starts from the top of the falls, taking you down to the rainforest and eventually finishes at the base of the falls. Overall, it’s a 4.8-kilometre return walk, and it takes around 2 hours to complete.
It’s a pleasant walk, and you’ll also get to see some wildlife and breathtaking sights along the way, as well as lookout points so, don’t forget to bring your camera along. Additionally, the trail is mild enough for the whole family to do together.
Alternatively, you can make it to Kondalilla Falls by taking the Picnic Creek Circuit. This shorter path is just a 1.7km return, and you get to enjoy views of the valley from a lookout point.
There are no trails that are wheelchair accessible yet. No matter which path you decide to take, one can’t help but admire flora and fauna in the park. These include majestic fig trees, over 100 species of birds, dozens of different reptiles, frogs, and so much more.
Camping within the park is only permitted at the Flaxton walker’s camp, a bush camp for walkers who are completing the 58km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Vehicular access to this campsite is not available. Vehicle accessible camping areas are located in the nearby Conondale National Park, Imbil State Forest and Mapleton National Park.
There are picnic facilities located just 50m from the carpark, which includes a large grassy area with picnic tables, BBQ’s, toilets and shelter.
A visit to the Kondalilla Falls will genuinely enchant you and have you coming back for more.