Mapleton National Park is a small scenic park, perfect for a day trip or even a quick detour to break up the black top if you’re in the area. The forest drive is an unsealed dirt road which takes you across the park and past a few places you might choose to stop, perfect for beginners or those not looking for any serious off-roading.
The park is located in the Blackall Ranges in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The main forest drive takes you from Mapelton, about 15 minutes west of Nambour, towards Eumundi, or vice versa. Getting to the Mapelton Forest Drive track is well signed and so it the track itself.
There isn’t many alternative routes through the park or much challenging off-roading, but if you’re after a pleasant drive, you’re covered. The area is mostly maintained dirt road and would be suitable for even minimal clearance four-wheel-drives.
Mapleton National Park only gets a 1/5 adventure rating due to it being extremely accessible. Never the less it is a beautiful area, perfect for a relaxing trip.
Things to do
Mapleton National Park is only small. Driving around exploring won’t take you long. There are a couple of nice spots to stop at to check out or for lunch. There are a lot of places around the Mapelton area to check out so we would recommend the park as a quick detour on a day trip in the area.
On the western side of the park is Gheerulla camping area, a very small camping area close to a creek. Gheerulla is the only camping area in the park, however there are several day use areas throughout
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