Kondalilla Falls Circuit
Kondalilla falls Circuit is a great bushwalk in the sunshine coast hinterland. This walk is rated grade 3 with national parks. The national park is located roughly 40-50mins out of Mooloolaba. If using navigation system it is very easy to find your way to the car park by typing in Kondalilla Falls road. You travel all the way to the end of the road and you will come to a car park and a driveway that leads you to the closest accommodation to the falls if you were wishing to stay here. The walk is free entry, with a picnic ground and facilities at the site. Be sure to come fully prepared for this walk especially if it's a hot day bring your swimmers.
This walk comprises of Kondalilla Pool and the 80m falls. The pool is the first sight of the walk. If you were wishing to only do this part of the walk it only takes about 30mins or so to get to this point. The walking track to this pool is footpath and gravel so its fine for kids but not ideal for prams or wheelchairs as there are stairs and steep inclines along the way. Once you reach the pool you can go swimming although I would warn when I did this walk I saw three snakes and a goanna so be aware of those when swimming as the water quality isn't very clear. There is also a good rock platform from this area that looks over the valley of the national park.
To complete the full circuit there has been said to be about 300 stairs in total. If you are up for it and the waterfall is in full force I would definitely suggest the walk to the bottom of the 80m falls. It's up to you but I wouldn't recommend taking your kids on this one as the walk back up is long and steep. We still did the full circuit although there wasn't much water due to lack of rain it was still an incredible sight and a great walk. I think I completed my 10,000 steps on my fit bit for this one. The path for this is easy to follow and mostly stairs the parts that aren't is just a normal bush track.
To complete the full circuit it leads you back to the pool and back to the main road however this walk is part of the sunshine coast hinterland great walks track. Therefore you will see other tracks to lead you to different parts of the national park. We skipped those as we had our 9month old strapped in the baby carrier so we didn't want to extend our walk longer than we should with him.
If its the flora and fauna you are interested in then this national park has your lot. With the emergent layer towering over with eucalypt and a vulnerable species of macadamia. As mentioned earlier snakes and goannas are everywhere with plenty of birdlife as well. I hope you enjoy and be sure to leave nothing behind.