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Albert River Circuit

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Green Mountains)


Distance (kms):

19.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 7 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

512 m

Max. elevation (m):

1,137 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Hard (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A magnificent walk featuring Antarctic beech forests and lush rainforest, numerous waterfalls, creek crossings and incredible views from Echo Point Lookout.

This lightly trafficked walk starts from the main trailhead of the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, across from the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat reception.

The well-marked trail begins along the Border Track, before branching off and following signs for the Albert River Circuit.

When the track first branches off the Border Track, you are greeted by huge Antarctic beech trees which give a mystical vibe to the forest.

You then slowly wind down into a lush rainforest gully, passing numerous waterfalls, including Mirror Falls, Echo Falls, Gurrgunngulli Falls, Joolbahla Falls, Gwahlahla Falls, Bithongabel Falls, Alcheringa Falls, Minjayla Falls and the Jimbolongerri Cascades.

The track hugs the creek for much of the middle section of the walk and there are numerous creek crossings to be navigated.

Near the halfway point, you are rewarded with spectacular views from Echo Point Lookout, including Mount Wupawn to Mount Durigan on the McPherson Range and further south to the Tweed Range, all part of the erosion caldera surrounding Wollumbin (Mount Warning).

Shortly after, similar views, albeit more restricted, are found at Cominan Lookout.

The circuit also returns along the Border Track.

Track: Graded and relatively well-signed. For the most part, easy to follow, however care should be taken at creek crossings to locate the track on the other side. The descent and ascent into and out of the forest is via a number of gradual switchbacks.

Difficulty: The length and elevation gain earn this track a hard rating, however the ascent is gradual and the numerous waterfalls and lookouts allow plenty of breaks. Care should be taken at creek crossings as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.

Direction: While the track can be completed in either direction, it is recommended to do the track anticlockwise.

getting there

The walk is located in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, at the end of Lamington National Park Road in Canungra, at the location of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, 2 hours drive south of Brisbane.

The walk starts from the main trailhead, across from the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat reception, where the Lamington National Park arch is.

Parking is ample, however the car park can become extremely busy, especially on weekends.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Given the time required to complete the walk it is advised to start early.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, 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.

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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. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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