Lamington National Park (Binna Burra)
Descend through open eucalypt forest into the rainforest, past towering cliff edges and a spectacular waterfall, to a pristine set of rock pools on the Coomera River.
This heavily trafficked walk starts from the lower carpark trailhead of the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park (near the information centre), off of Binna Burra Road.
The well-marked trail begins about 100m downhill from the car park and is signed for the Illinbah Circuit and Gwongoorool. Note that it does not start at the trailhead for the Caves Circuit.
The trail begins in open eucalypt forest on the Illinbah Circuit with views through the tress to the Darlington Range, before starting a rapid descent into Coomera Valley via steps and switchbacks.
As you descend, the vegetation gradually changes to lush rainforest. The mid-section of the walk passes towering cliff edges and rocky overhangs which, after rain, come to life with small waterfalls carving their way through the rock.
Be sure to keep following signs to Gwongoorool as it branches of the much longer and more difficult Illinbah Circuit.
As you approach the base of the valley and the beautiful Coomera River, you will pass the towering Barrabareen Falls, which is best viewed after rain. Marvel from its base, where a stand of tall piccabeen palms add to the spectacle.
Once you reach the Coomera River, follow the path adjacent to it for a little while longer, before reaching the pristine Gwongoorool – a large series of rock pools, where water cascades through the rocks into still sections.
Avoid swimming at the pools, as they are an important habitat for hylid frogs, as well as a number of other wildlife, and the environmental impact of human interaction is detrimental to them.
To return, simply retrace your steps, following signs to Binna Burra and again avoiding the much longer and more difficult Illinbah Circuit.
It is important to note that the walk to Gwongoorool involves a steep descent, and so the walk back to Binna Burra involves a steep ascent (approximately 200 steps and a high number of switchbacks).
Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. The track involves a number of sets of steps and many gradual switchbacks.
Difficulty: Because of the elevation the track requires a moderate level of fitness, however is relatively short and can be completed by most people with adequate time. Care should be taken on the steep sections and when exploring Gwongoorool.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The walk is located at the lower trail head of the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park (near the information centre), off of Binna Burra Road in Binna Burra, 1.5 hours drive south of Brisbane.
The car park is quite big, however it does get very busy during peak times on the weekends and public holidays.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
Like all walks involving waterfalls and creeks, they are best done after recent rain, however, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures, especially given the numerous creek crossings on this track.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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