Just behind the Sunshine Coast, in the scenic Blackall Range, Kondalilla National Park is a cool mountain retreat. The park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning 'rushing waters', describes this park's waterfall during the summer wet season.
Above the 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 is suitable, and riparian rainforest lines the creek.
Surrounded by residential properties, this 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. More than 107 species of birds have been seen in the park, and 70 species of reptiles and 32 species of frogs have been recorded from the Blackall Range and nearby Conondale Range.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Blackall Range parks and forests.
Help protect natural resources by being a minimal impact visitor.
- Take all your rubbish out of the park. Remove excess food packaging at home before your visit to the park and 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. Domestic animals can distress or kill native animals that live here.
See Caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The area around Kondalilla Falls was first protected in 1906 as a small recreational area and became national park in 1945. Since then various additions of land, including former State forest, have increased that park's size to 1591ha.
See nature, culture and history for more information about the history and values of Kondalilla National Park.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Kondalilla