The Blackall Range

Waterfalls was the theme for today as we drove a scenic circuit around Montville, Mapleton, Kenilworth and Maleny.

First on the list was Gardeners Falls just below Maleny. A gentle wheelchair friendly walk of only 700m to a small waterfall. If I had only known I should have left this one to last as I nearly needed a wheelchair by the end of the day.

Gardeners Falls

Gardeners Falls

Montville was next stop off and Dianne was happy and every shop was given the once over. An early lunch was had before we left.

I purchased a Banksia Nut that will be used as a deodorant diffuser in the caravan and it can be filled with a few drops of eucalyptus oil (or whatever other oil you choose). (Edit) I must thank Fred for informing me what tree the nut was off as I forgot to find out.

Who knows what this is

Banksia Nut

Kondalilla Falls was next on the list. The track was steep in places and quite a lot of steps had to be negotiated. A small waterfall on the way to the main waterfall.

Kondalilla Falls

Kondalilla Falls

Unfortunately the track to the base of the falls was closed. It may have been a good thing as it was very steep and the climb up would have been very energy sapping.

Kondalilla Falls

Kondalilla Falls

A small waterfall and a rock pool was at the top of the main waterfall was worth the walk and a large drop into the gully below was enough to say we would have been knackered if we had gone to the bottom.

Kondalilla Falls

Kondalilla Falls

On the track back to the carpark, I heard something scratching. Only for the noise I would have missed the Scrub Turkey nest .

Kondalilla Falls, Bush Turkey Nest

Kondalilla Falls, Scrub Turkey Nest

The Scrub Turkey pictured below is from the Tamborine Mountains I couldn’t get close to the one from the nest above as I didn’t want to disturb the nest.

Scrub Turkey

Scrub Turkey

The Mapleton Falls had a viewing platform that gave us a glimpse of the waterfall and it was enough to say we weren’t going to walk to the bottom of the abyss that disappeared into the forest below. We had done enough walking up and down gullies for today.

Mapleton Falls

Mapleton Falls

Mapleton Falls

Mapleton Falls

The rest of the afternoon was just a leisurely drive around the hinterland to Kenilworth, Maleny and back to the van. Lots of lovely scenery but no energy left for any more walking. A quick drink at the Mary Cairncross Reserve and another photo of the Glasshouse Mountains from a different angle made for a great day.

The Glasshouse Mountains in the distance

The Glasshouse Mountains in the distance

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