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Mapleton Forest Reserve

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About 105km north of Brisbane, near Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. At the northern end of the rugged Blackall Range, this forest features rainforest remnants with bunya pines, piccabeen palm groves and tall open blackbutt forests.

There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in Mapleton Forest Reserve. Nearby, Mapleton Falls National Park has a wheelchair-accessible lookout with views of the waterfall and rainforest valley below. Mapleton Forest Reserve protects diverse forest types and offers a range of recreational opportunities including a scenic forest drive and a popular trail bike area.

Mapleton Forest Reserve has one car camping area and two walkers' camps. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Gheerulla camping area is accessible by car and offers picnic tables, toilets and barbecues. If you plan to use the barbecues, bring your own firewood, as it is illegal to collect wood from the forest. Preferably bring and use a fuel stove.

For walkers on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, there are walkers' camps at ThilbaThalba and Ubajee in Mapleton Forest Reserve, and at Flaxton in Maleny Forest Reserve. Please see the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk for more information.

There is a wide range of holiday accommodation in and around Montville, Mapleton, Maleny and other towns in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

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