Wappa Falls is on the South Maroochy River downstream from Wappa Dam. The falls run through a cascade of rocks with a series of small waterholes ending in a large waterhole in the final plunge.
The parking area is small with room for only a few vehicles. Being late afternoon in August, it wasn’t a high demand period for a swim so there were no others around.
During the hotter months, it is a popular local spot so it can get busy on the weekends to swim and cool off and jump from the rocks into the deeper waterhole.
A plaque is attached to one of the rocks in memory to Dom Hayes, who drowned jumping from the rocks after heavy rain. Care and sensible caution are needed when the water is obviously flowing fast, especially after recent heavy rain.
I found mention of being able to walk to Wappa Falls from Wappa Dam . We were not aware of this when we visited and found out afterwards. There are more facilities and parking at the dam so it may be a good alternative to walk from the dam when it is busy.
To get there:
From the Bruce Hwy take the Yandina exit (Exit 215) and follow the signs to Yandina. From the roundabout on the western side of the highway, follow Yandina Coolum Rd for 450m to another roundabout and turn left (first exit) into Fleming St. After 800m turn left into Nambour North Connection Rd and continue for 900m before turning right into Wappa Falls Rd with a brown sign to Wappa Dam. Follow Wappa Falls Rd for 3.5km and turn right into Pump Station Rd with a brown sign for Wappa Falls. The parking area for Wappa Falls is around 200m further on.
Wheelchair accessible: No