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Lower Ballanjui Falls

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Binna Burra)


Distance (kms):

10.5 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 4 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

598 m

Max. elevation (m):

787 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A shortened version of the Ships Stern Circuit, walking through varying flora, including rainforest and open eucalypt forest, to spectacular lookouts and a beautiful waterfall.

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

The well-marked trail begins on the Lower Bellbird Circuit, passing the incredible Koolanbilba and Yangahla lookouts and a series of caves beside the track, before branching off and following signs for the Ships Stern Circuit.

Koolanbilba and Yangahla lookouts both have incredible views into the Numinbah Valley, including the prominent features of Kurraragin (Egg Rock) and Yowgurrabah (Turtle Rock), as well as to the Beechmont and Ships Stern Ranges.

Descend into the valley below, keeping an eye out for the interesting ripples and hollows in the cliffs, formed by years of wind and water erosion.

Take the junction to Lower Ballunjui Falls, where views to the top of the 100+ metre high Ballunjui Falls are afforded.

Return to Binna Burra by retracing your steps.

Track: Graded and relatively well-signed, making it easy to follow. The descent and ascent into and out of the forest is via a number of gradual switchbacks and stairs.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. The elevation profile is forgiving, with the ascent being gradual and the numerous lookouts and waterfalls allowing plenty of breaks. Care is required at the lookouts as they are exposed to large cliffs, and parts of the track have steep slopes.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.

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 lower car park trailhead, across from the road that goes up to the Binna Burra Sky Lodges.

Parking is ample.

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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