Kondalilla National Park Sunshine Coast

Photo credit: Chris Whitelaw © Queensland Government

About Kondalilla

    Park features

    During the summer wet season, Kondalilla National Park features one of Blackall Range’s most spectacular waterfalls. From the top of Kondalilla Falls, Skene Creek drops 90m into the lush rainforest valley below. Walking tracks lead to features including rock pools, lookouts and waterfalls.

    Above Kondalilla Falls, tall open eucalypt forest mingles with rainforest species in wetter areas. A drier forest grows on the western escarpment, featuring casuarinas with a grass tree understorey. Subtropical rainforest grows below the escarpment, where soil and aspect are suitable, and riparian rainforest lines the creek. From viewing points, emergent bunya pines Araucaria bidwillii can be seen towering above the rainforest canopy.

    The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk travels through Kondalilla National Park and there are opportunities for shorter day walks along this track.

    Surrounded by residential properties, Kondalilla National Park is an important refuge for many animals and plants including the pouched frog Assa darlingtoni, and the bopple nut Macadamia ternifolia which is vulnerable to extinction.

    Looking after the park

    Help protect natural resources by being a minimal impact visitor.

    • Take all your rubbish out of the park. Pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish.
    • Keep creeks clean—they provide valuable habitat for wildlife including rare frogs. Be aware that sunscreen lotions and insect repellents pollute water and harm aquatic life. Avoid contaminating the water when swimming.
    • Leave domestic animals at home. They are not allowed in Kondalilla National Park.

    See Caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    The area around Kondalilla Falls was first protected in 1906 as a small recreational area and became national park in 1945. Since then, additions of land have increased the park's size to 1591ha.

    Future planning for Kondalilla National Park will be developed under the Values Based Management Framework.

    See nature, culture and history for more information about the history and values of Kondalilla National Park.

    Tourism information links

    Visit Sunshine Coast
    Phone: 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
    Email: visit@visitsunshinecoast.com

    Maleny Visitor Information Centre
    2/23 Maple Street, Maleny QLD 4552
    Phone: (07) 5499 9033

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.