After experiencing this beautiful location, I can definitely say it’s a well-known attraction to locals and tourist a like. Kondalilla seems to be the ultimate day trip and picnic location. The car park was full, but there is the option to park in a street a couple of hundred metres away. We past families, group of friends and a lot of foreigners on this trail.
“KONDALILLA FALLS IS THE ULTIMATE DAY TRIP AND PICNIC LOCATION”
I would say if you don’t like walking or the challenge that hikes bring, Kondalilla Falls is the place for you. The track is well maintained with some parts cemented, or having wooden pathways.
It was great seeing so many people of different abilities being able to enjoy the outdoors. That’s the great thing about South East Qld, we have easy to access, amazing natural wonders at our finger tips!
Reaching the rock pools only takes about 15minutes of your time, if going at a moderate walking pace. You come across the lookout first though. Which boast views of mountain ranges and thick vegetation as far as the eye can see. This would be a beautiful spot when the sun is setting.
Once you reach the rock pools you have the option to turn right down stairs which will eventually take you 90metres down the mountain to the bottom of the waterfall. Or you can turn left and swim in the waterhole.
The walk down the mountain can be steep in some parts on the steps. But mostly it is a gradual decline on a cleared path, that’s snakes down the mountain. Unfortunately, when we reached the bottom, the waterfall wasn’t that impressive as the name suggests.
“Place of Rushing Water”
Kondalilla in the Aboriginal language means ‘Place of Rushing Waters’, unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of rushing water this time. Typical of South-East Queensland waterfalls, needing a recent rainfall for the falls to be gushing with water.
The trek back up the mountain side, included a lot of stairs (over 100 of them), making the rock pool a nice treat after getting our sweat up.
There were a lot of adults lying around enjoying their picnics while kids were swimming and jumping off the waterfall in the natural pool. This waterfall even though small was beautiful. With over hanging branches sheltering the waterhole from the harsh Australian sunlight.
This spot is definitely a gem, unfortunately not a hidden gem, but none the less an amazing place to spend a lazy Sunday.
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