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Daves Creek Circuit

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Binna Burra)


Distance (kms):

11.2 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 4 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

354 m

Max. elevation (m):

934 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A beautiful walk through ever-changing forest, incredible rock formations and spectacular lookouts with views over the Numinbah Valley.

This moderately trafficked walk starts from the upper carpark trailhead of the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, at the very end of Binna Burra Road.

The well-marked trail begins along the Border Track, before branching off and following signs for the Daves Creek Circuit loop. The walk can be done in either direction, with anti-clockwise suggested. 

The walk starts in typical Border Track rainforest, before descending into Woggunba Valley towards Daves Creek. As you descend, there is a lovely crossing of Picnic Creek.

As you begin to trek along the top of the escarpment, there is a small sign-posted side-track to Molongolee Cave (turn right at the sign). A short walk brings you to the small overhang cave. 

The side-track extends beyond the cave and eventually joins back to the main track, or you can back-track to the main track from the cave.

Back on the main track, continue along the top of the escarpment, enjoying spectacular views across Woggunba Valley and Daves Creek to Springbrook, Mount Hobwee, and Araucaria lookout.

At around the half-way point you will reach Numinbah Lookout, the perfect place for lunch, enjoying magnificent views across the Numinbah Valley.

On the return leg, be sure you don’t miss out on Surprise Rock, an amazing rock formation that can be explored. This volcanic dyke is made of trachyte and is able to withstand erosion.

If walking the loop in an anti-clockwise direction, look for the path on the left for a moderate rock scramble to the top of Surprise Rock, for amazing views. If you see the vertical rock face of Surprise Rock on your left, you’ve gone too far.

After visiting the top, retrace your steps to the main track and continue along the track, with great views of the side and face of Surprise Rock.

Also look out for Neubani Rock on the return to the trailhead, another interesting rock formation beside the track.

The circuit is one for lovers of flora, passing through varying vegetation types, including subtropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, and wet sclerophyll forest.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. 

Difficulty: Despite the length of the track, it is a relatively easy walk, with no steep ascents or descents, and a reasonably gentle, undulating track. Care should be taken at the exposed edges of the track along the escarpment and at the lookouts, as well as atop Surprise Rock. 

Direction: This is a loop track. While the track can be completed in either direction, it is suggested to do the track anti-clockwise.

getting there

The walk is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, at the very end of Binna Burra Road in Binna Burra, 1.5 hours drive south of Brisbane.

The walk starts from the upper car park trailhead, at the very end of the car park, near the Binna Burra Tea House.

Parking is ample.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Like all walks involving creeks, 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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