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Access to a secluded waterfall on the outskirts of a main Sunshine Coast town remains closed because of persistent wet weather.

The track to Robinson Falls in the Cilento Park and Bushland Conservation Reserve, about 3km from the Nambour CBD, was damaged by severe weather in February 2022.

Sunshine Coast Council then planned upgrades to the track, including a new creek crossing and stairs.

A sign on the trail initially said the improvements would be made from November 2023 to January 2024, with access to the lower part of the falls closed during this time.

But a new sign was later installing saying work would continue until March 28.

The original sign advising of work on the track.

A council spokesperson said wet weather had delayed progress on the repairs and they would now be completed by mid-year.

“Council received a grant of $186,482 from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to conduct the repairs,” they said.

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“Trail repairs will include a new creek crossing, new stairs, improved drainage and sections of new trail surface treatments to create a more resilient trail.

“These repairs are underway but we have experienced delays due to the persistent rainfall experienced across the region.

The track has been closed for works at the Cilento Park. Picture: Steele Taylor

“We expect work to be completed mid-2024 – pending good weather and will keep our community informed. In the meantime, we thank everyone for their patience.”

The spokesperson said it was an enticing spot for visitors.

“Cilento Park and Bushland Conservation Reserve is an excellent spot for a picnic with family and friends,” they said.

“It has a large open parkland, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, play equipment for the kids and amenities.

“Usually, it’s a great place to visit after the rain as at the end of the short bush track is a waterfall.

The entrance to Cilento Park. Picture: Steele Taylor

“Unfortunately, the rain during the severe weather event in February 2022 damaged the track, putting it temporarily out of action.”

The Visit Sunshine Coast website also details the appeal of Cilento Park.

“The bushland has a tall canopy of trees and it is green and lush with many palm trees, and a short walk to the middle of the reserve will reward you with a pretty waterhole fed by a waterfall from Tuckers Creek,” it says.

“Who would have thought that a little pocket of rainforest paradise would be within walking distance of Nambour’s main street?

“Follow the signs to a short bush track that takes you through the undulating rainforest and the bottom of the waterfall in a loop. Here you’ll be surrounded by the typical subtropics noises of whipbirds, bellbirds and other forest critters, plus the meditative, soothing sounds of water falling onto rocks and rippling along the creek.”

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