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Kondalilla to Lake Baroon

Kondalilla-fallsBaroon Pocket to Kondalilla Falls and back
A stroll through the SE Queensland rainforest, with spectacular views down Obi Obi creek.

Getting there
The start of the walk is about 4 km from Montville.

Maps
View Lake Baroon Map

Route/Trail notes
From the carpark at Baroon Pocket Dam, walk under the ‘Great Walks’ portal/roof and you’re off! The first 2 km of the walk is on clearly defined paths, with bridges and walkways at some parts – it’s fairly level and accessible to almost anyone. The path wanders gradually uphill and after 30 minutes or so you will be at the Obi Obi lookout, which has fantastic views up and down Obi Obi Creek and towards the dam. Apparently there are marsupial frogs in this area, and one of the walkways is made of untreated wood in order to keep their environment pristine.

Keep following the path and you will see a sign with the standard warning about track conditions getting harder. Walk through the grass trees and make a steep descent of about 150m along a forest path to the level of the creek. This part of the walk is dense rainforest with lots of palms and strangler figs. After about an hour you come to Flat Rock, which is a good open spot for a rest. The path rises and falls and about 2 hours 30m after the start you arrive at Kondalilla Falls. This is a popular tourist spot with a swimming hole, and it’s five minutes up the track to the car park if you only want to do the walk one way.

Return the same way, or arrange a pickup from Kondalilla Falls. Total return time is about 5 hours. Be prepared for leeches along the creek, especially in wet weather. Plenty of goannas, bush turkeys and the occasional snake (green tree snakes, carpet pythons and the occasional red-bellied black snake) are around, but all are very shy and usually make themselves scarce as soon as you come along.

Permits/Costs
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