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Located 800m above sea level and characterised by rugged mountain scenery, breathtaking lookouts, tumbling waterfalls, caves and fern gullies, Lamington National Park offers more than 160km of Australia's most diverse walking trails.

Offering a wide range of walking opportunities ranging from easy strolls to challenging full-day hikes that explore the Parks best attractions. Allow 15 to 20 min to walk 1 km. This time is calculated for people of average fitness and bushwalking experience and who are wearing correct footwear. Allow more time to include rests and to return to your starting point if walking with small children or are an inexperienced bushwalker.

For up-to-date information on walking tracks, track standards and closures visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/about

Half-day walks in Binna Burra section

(Distances given are from the trailhead and return.)

Rainforest circuit (Class 2)

Distance: 1.2km return

Time: Allow about 30min walking time

Details: For a quick introduction to the 'typical' warm subtropical rainforest of Lamington, follow the Border Track for 500m, then branch right on to the Rainforest circuit. Bowerbirds and catbirds are commonly heard. These are members of the oldest lineage of songbirds. A self-guiding brochure produced by the Lamington Natural History Association (LNHA Inc.) is available at the national park information centre and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge kiosk.

Bellbird lookout track (Class 4)

Distance: 2km return

Time: Allow about 1hr walking time

Details: This track branches off the Ships Stern circuit and descends through rainforest and open forest before emerging suddenly at Bellbird lookout—a natural lookout (with no handrails) above a very high, sheer cliff. Please keep children under close supervision and keep well away from the cliff edge.

The land around this lookout and most of the track is not part of the national park—it belongs to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. For enquiries, please contact Binna Burra Mountain Lodge on (07) 5533 3622.

From here you get an excellent view of Ships Stern, Turtle Rock, Egg Rock (Kurraragin) and Numinbah Valley—all remnants of what millions of years of erosion, landslides and weathering have created.

Hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii can be seen from the lookout, growing on the exposed northern slopes. Harvesting of hoop pine and red cedar Toona ciliata led to the initial European settlement and ultimately the clearing of Numinbah Valley for agriculture.

Caves circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 5km return

Time: Allow about 1.5hr walking time

Details: From the park's information centre, this interesting circuit winds up through open forest and rainforest to emerge on the road near the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge road entrance. Alternatively, begin this circuit from the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge road entrance and return via Binna Burra Road. Caution: this circuit contains unstable surfaces. Rockfalls may occur on the track and in Kweebani Cave. For your safety, avoid lingering near the cave—move along the circuit and view the cave from a safe distance.

The circuit provides excellent views into the Coomera Valley and passes a large red cedar and fine specimens of other rainforest tree species. The major cliff line opposite is of a flow of rhyolite and deposits of boulders and ash (tuff) can be seen in overhanging caves. Possibly the largest intact stand of hoop pine Araucaria cunninghamii in Australia can be seen along the Darlington Range.

White-throated treecreepers, members of one of the oldest groups of songbirds, are frequently seen on this circuit. Koalas are often seen in open forest areas along the walk. Take care when walking beside the bitumen road to return to the start of the circuit, especially on weekends when traffic is busy, or alternatively walk back along the circuit. A self-guiding brochure produced by the Lamington Natural History Association for this circuit is available at the national park's information centre, kiosk and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.

Tullawallal circuit (Class 3)

Distance: 5km return

Time: Allow about 1.5hr walking time

Details: Visit the most accessible cool temperate rainforest in Lamington and the closest patch of this forest type to Binna Burra. From the trailhead follow take the Border Track for 1.9km, then branch right at the track junction onto Tullawallal circuit and follow a short sidetrack to Tullawallal.

The pocket of Antarctic beech Nothofagus moorei on the summit is the northernmost location of this species in Australia and is one of our remaining links with the ancient forests of Gondwana. Nothofagus forests were once widespread across Australia and provided a habitat for many animals that have long since disappeared from our landscape.

From Tullawallal, return to the track junction, turn right and continue along the Loop track back to Binna Burra car park.

Gwongoorool track (Class 4)

Distance: 6km return

Time: Allow about 2hr walking time

Details: This track starts at the car park near the park information centre and descends a series of steep rock steps (approximately 200 in total) past cliffs of volcanic ash (tuff), through open forest and rainforest to Gwongoorool Pool on the Coomera River. The river is important habitat (as are all of Lamington's streams) for hylid frogs (tree frog family), freshwater crayfish, eels and eastern water dragons. Eels inhabit the Coomera River. They bite when threatened and injuries have occurred.

Return on the same track.

Full-day walks in Binna Burra section

(Distances given are from the trailhead and return.)

Lower Bellbird circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 12km return

Time: Allow about 4hr walking time

Details: This circuit branches off the Ships Stern circuit 3.7km from the trailhead. The circuit passes through a patch of dry rainforest, regarded as an example of the rise of the 'dry adapted' flora now widespread in Australia. Follow the circuit below Bellbird lookout and emerge at a clearing, once a dairy farm. Continue the return circuit by walking beside the Binna Burra Road. Please note that choosing to return via the Caves circuit adds 1.6km to the walk.

This track forms part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, arrow markers indicate the route. If you are walking the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk please ensure you have a copy of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk Topographic Map.

Daves Creek circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 12km return

Time: Allow about 4hr walking time

Details: To see a fascinating variety of forest and heath, branch off the Border Track 2.3km from the trailhead and descend through the head of Kurraragin Valley out into Daves Creek country. The circuit passes through several distinctive vegetation types: warm and cool subtropical rainforest along the Border Track; warm temperate rainforest, containing many examples of ancient angiosperms such as coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum, in Nixon Creek's headwaters; and wet sclerophyll forest with giant New England ash Eucalyptus campanulata, around the track intersection to the Ships Stern circuit.

Coomera circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 17.4km return

Time: Allow about 7hr walking time

Details: The scenic Coomera circuit leaves the Border Track 1.9km from the trailhead and passes through subtropical and warm temperate rainforest communities, and giant brush box Lophostemon confertusforest. The gorge is 160m deep. Views from the lookout platform, (5.5km from the trailhead) provide dramatic evidence of the power of erosion, which has cut through a thick resistant rhyolite lava flow.

The circuit continues to ascend while following the edge of the Coomera Gorge. It crosses the river several times before rejoining the Border Track and returning to the Binna Burra car park. The river crossings involve stepping from rock to rock, which can be hazardous after heavy rain and should not be attempted when the river is in flood.

Mount Hobwee circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 18.2km return

Time: Allow about 8hr walking time

Details: After leaving the Border Track 5.4km from Binna Burra, this circuit winds through rainforest to the summit of Mount Hobwee (1163m). Much of the forest near the summit was disturbed by a severe storm in 1983.

The Nothofagus forest and associated communities found here and Mount Merino provide strong evidence of the Gondwana connection. The 'beech orange', a species of fungus, occurs only on Nothofagus species found in Australia and South America.

The circuit rejoins the Border Track for the return to the Binna Burra car park.

Araucaria lookout track (Class 4)

Distance: 17.8km return

Time: Allow about 7hr walking time

Details: The Araucaria lookout track leaves the Mount Hobwee circuit 900m from the Border Trackjunction. The 2.6km track passes Orchid Bower lookout and ends at Araucaria lookout—named after the hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii, which can be viewed from the lookout. These hoop pine communities are a living representative of the Jurassic Age (the age of the conifers) about 180 million years ago.

Wagawn track (Class 4)

Distance: 18km return

Time: Allow about 8hr walking time

Details: This track also branches off the Mount Hobwee circuit, 2km from the Border Track junction. Garragoolba lookout features uninterrupted views of Springbrook, the Tweed Valley and Mount Warning.

Only after naturally occurring events such as severe wildfires or storms are there uninterrupted views of Springbrook, the Tweed Valley and Mount Warning from Wagawn. In the interim years the view may be interrupted by natural regrowth. Please do not damage or remove vegetation as many of these plants are significant species in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Remember, all plants are protected by legislation.

Return to the Binna Burra car park along the same track.

Ships Stern circuit (Class 4)

Distance: 21km return

Time: Allow about 8hr walking time

Details: The circuit commences opposite the road entrance to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. The circuit descends past the scenic Yangahla lookout and through a fine stand of piccabeen palm Archontophoenix cunninghamii to the valley floor. Red cedar Toona ciliatae and the majestic flooded gum Eucalyptus grandisalso thrive here. A short side track (an additional 600m one way) can be followed to the bottom of Ballunjui Falls.

The circuit then crosses Nixon Creek and ascends through Hidden Valley past Charraboomba Rock to the top of Ships Stern range and into open eucalypt forest. This is one of the few places within the park where scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa can be seen.

The circuit continues through rainforest and open forest, with another side track (an additional 1.3km one way) providing access to Upper Ballunjui.

Continue past Nagarigoon back to Binna Burra. For the very energetic, Daves Creek circuit can be added to this walk, making it a total of 23km.

Illinbah circuit (Class 5)

This circuit requires a high degree of fitness and experience.

Distance: 16.6km return

Time: Allow about 8hr walking time

Details: To walk the Illinbah circuit clockwise, start at the car park near the park information centre and descend through rainforest and open forest to the Coomera River. The dry rainforest on the river's western side provides habitat for the black-breasted button-quail, a member of an ancient order of birds.

The circuit then follows the 'Old Cedar Road', once used by timber-getters in the early 1900s, crossing the Coomera River several times.

These crossings can be hazardous after heavy rain and should not be attempted when the river is in flood. The circuit then leaves the river and climbs the Beechmont Range to return to Binna Burra. Note: in hot weather it may be less strenuous to walk this circuit in an anticlockwise direction. Always carry enough drinking water.

 

 

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Distance: 55 kms
Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: Moderate

Discover beauty and history along the 54 kilometre Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk linking Lamington and Springbrook plateaus via the scenic Numinbah Valley. Walk through the ancient volcanic landscape of the Tweed Volcano via streams and waterfalls, through lush rainforest and Gondwana flora and fauna.

The Great Walk passes through Woonoongoora, the place known to the Yugambeh as "Queen of the Mountains", whose story tells of the formation of the rivers and valleys of this area. The Yugambeh are descendants of the traditional Aboriginal people whose ancestors walked this land a long, long time ago. They say to you now … Kulli bugoram dhagun — nya nya yahngahla (This (is) special land — walk carefully).

The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk links Lamington National Park to the Springbrook Plateau, via Binna Burra and the Numinbah Valley. Join a guided tour or you can hike the full trail.

Start Point: O'Reilly's Guesthouse, in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. Commence along the well-known 'Border Track' towards Binna Burra & stay overnight at the Lodge or Campsite.
Finish Point: After traversing the Numinbah Valley, passing Woonoongoora walkers camp and Apple Tree Park, the walk finishes at Purling Brook Falls and The Settlement campsite.

For more information visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-gold-coast-hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk is Class 4 (Australian Standards):

  • Distinct tracks with junctions sign-posted, rough track surfaces with some exposed roots and rocks.
  • Variable in width; muddy sections, steep grades and steps may be encountered.
  • May be extensively overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees and rockfalls likely to be present.
  • Caution needed at creek crossings, cliff edges and naturally occurring lookouts.
  • Moderate fitness level with previous experience and ankle-supporting footwear strongly recommended.
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