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Thunder & Lightning Falls (Black Canyon)

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Southern)


Distance (kms):

25.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 10 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

1,080 m

Max. elevation (m):

1,148 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Very hard (Grade 5)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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An off-track hike for experienced bushwalkers only, requiring substantial navigation and scrambling skills, to one of the most impressive dual waterfalls in all of Lamington National Park.

This hike is for experienced hikers only, with a high level of fitness, off-track navigation skills and the capability of scrambling for long periods in exposed areas, essential.

There are tape makers, but these are sparse and can be difficult to locate, so should not be relied upon.

The climb in and out of the canyon is loose, steep and at times quite exposed and goes for some time.

Rock hopping is required for a number of kilometres up Albert River to get to Thunder and Lightning Falls (Black Canyon), with many cascades and smaller waterfalls observed along the way.

The falls are truly spectacular, and the difficulty associated with accessing them means you are unlikely to come across any other people.

Given the isolated nature of this area and the risks associated with the hike, specific location and route guidance details are not provided.

It is highly recommended that only experienced hikers, with off-track navigation skills and high levels of confidence with scrambling in exposed areas, attempt this walk. There are particular sections of this hike that would be dangerous for less experienced hikers.

getting there

Given the nature of this walk, a GPX file and precise directions are not provided.

best time to go

This walk can be completed year round. Given the distance and terrian, an early start is essential.

Given the isolated nature of this walk, it should not be completed during times where bushfires may occur.

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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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