Larapinta Falls & Westray's Grave
Lamington National Park (Lost World)
Allow 4 hrs
Elevation gain (m):
Max. elevation (m):
Moderate (Grade 5)
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A great introductory off-track hike up Christmas Creek, past the historic Westray’s Grave, to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Lamington National Park.
This lightly trafficked walk starts from a small car park at the end of Christmas Creek Road. Head through the gate and follow the path to the creek.
Rock hop across the creek and a relatively distinguishable path can be found. If the path is lost at any point, simply back-track and find it again. With a steep incline on either side, getting lost is difficult.
The track runs adjacent to the creek all the way to Westray’s Grave (approx. 1.5 hrs), the burial place of James Westray, who survived the initial Stinson crash, before going for help, falling down a cliff and later succumbing to his injuries.
From here, it is a rock-hop upstream, being sure to take the left branch. Caution should be taken, as the rocks can be slippery, even during drier periods.
You will pass numerous small waterfalls before arriving at the awe-inspiring Larapinta Falls. The sheer cliffs that envelope the falls add to the scale.
To return, simply retrace your steps.
Track: Technically an off-track hike, however the path up to Westray’s Grave is well trodden and relatively clear. Westray’s Grave to Larapinta Falls involves rock hopping along large boulders. There is no signage on this walk.
Difficulty: This hike is recommended for experienced hikers only with some navigation and scrambling skills required.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track which returns the way it came.
The walk is located in the Lost World section of Lamington National Park, at the end of Christmas Creek Road in Southern Lamington, 2 hours drive south of Brisbane.
The track starts from a small cul-de-sac car park at the very end of the road.
Parking is limited, but typically sufficient for how trafficked the walk is.
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, this walk should not be completed too soon after recent rain, as Christmas Creek has a tendency to become swollen.
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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