Adventure: Wappa Dam and Falls (1.1 km one-way)

An incredibly beautiful open parkland and a short walk to the spectacular falls, always ensuring close supervision of any young’uns.

Wappa Dam and Falls

An incredibly beautiful open parkland and a short walk to the spectacular falls, always ensuring close supervision of any young’uns. 

Suitability

The parkland is suitable for the whole family. Heading to the falls - just take care, in and around it, and don’t let the kids out of your sight for a moment.

Dogs are not permitted at the dam. 

Highlights

On the banks of Wappa Dam is the incredibly pretty Jack Harrison Park (also known as Wappa Park). The park is filled with endless green open space, picnic tables, playground, amenities, large parking areas and lawns which stretch right down to the dam – perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun.

In Autumn, the park is filled with red maple leaves, and after some heavy rain, Wappa Dam will quickly become one of your favorite places to visit to watch water go over the spillway. (Just remember - no swimming). Gates to the park close at 5:30pm.

From the park, follow a short walk through the bush to Wappa Falls. Whilst this is a popular swimming hole, we urge caution and swimming is not recommended as the rocks can be slippery and the currents unpredictable.

Alternatively, you can park at the falls (limited), which is only a very short walk from the car park. 

Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls

Afterwards

Cooloolabin Dam is close by with walks to explore (and is often quieter than Wappa Falls). The closest town for coffee and snacks is Yandina where there is casual and fine dining on offer.

How to get there

Take the Yandina exit off the M1 and head west through the roundabout. At the next roundabout turn left into Fleming Street. At a four-way intersection turn left into Farrell Street. Follow this road over the South Maroochy River and take the third turnoff on your right into Wappa Falls Road. The falls are approximately 5km along this road. The walk starts in Wappa Park.

Trail

Wappa Dam and Falls Map

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N.B - For those who have a four-legged friend they wish to take on their adventures – be sure to check out council’s handy interactive off leash dog map to help identify the current dog off-leash, on-leash and prohibited areas when you’re out and about across the Sunshine Coast local government region (i.e. council managed public land).

Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
Wappa Dam and Falls
 
 

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