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Buaraba Creek Track


Ravensbourne National Park


Distance (kms):

6.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

236 m

Max. elevation (m):

706 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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Descend through rainforest and eucalypt forest past sandstone overhangs and outcrops to a tranquil spring-fed creek.

This lightly trafficked walk starts from the Blackbean day-use area on National Park Road in Ravensbourne.

The walk can be done as a single track to and from Buaraba Creek, however only a small amount of extra distance is required to also include the Rainforest and Palm Creek Circuits.

The walk begins in the rainforest from the rear of the day-use area, before shortly branching right to the Rainforest Circuit.

This short loop undulates through a mix of rainforest and towering Sydney blue gums, with moss covered steps and footbridges adding to the scenery.

Rejoin the main trail and follow until branching right again onto the Palm Creek Circuit.

This slightly longer loop is also through a mix of forests, crossing Palm Creek a number of times, including near a lovely cascade that flows after rain. A small waterfall beside the track also flows after rain.

The side-track to the Sandstone Overhang, through eucalypt forest, is a must-do. The overhang is approximately 100 metres in length, and although not overly high, is an interesting feature.

Look at the patterns in the stone in the cave sections, as well as evidence of birds, snakes and other animals having sought shelter.

After rejoining the main trail again, follow it down through eucalypt forest past another taller sandstone outcrop.

The track then descends a number of stairs into cool and shady rainforest before arriving at Buaraba Creek.

The creek is surrounded by towering piccabeen palms and is spring-fed, so doesn’t flow heavy, except after rain.

Return along the same track, keeping to the main trail and avoiding the loop circuits.

The day-use area has drop toilets, wood BBQs and both covered and open picnic tables. There is no camping or rubbish bins at the day-use area.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. The loop circuits only have a small amount of elevation change, but there is a short steep descent to Buaraba Creek, meaning the return is primarily uphill.

Difficulty: The track requires a moderate level of fitness, but is doable by most individuals with enough time.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came, with two loop circuits in the middle section.

getting there

The trail starts from the Blackbean day-use area on National Park Road in Ravensbourne, approximately 1.75 hours drive west of Brisbane.

Parking is ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Like any walk involving creeks, it is best done after recent rain. However, if completing after recent rain, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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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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