Coomera Circuit in Lamington National Park is a nature lover’s paradise, offering up waterfalls, lush rainforest, and mountain vistas. Lisa took to the trails to hunt down some waterfalls.
- Lots of waterfalls including the impressive Coomera Falls
- Fun rock-hopping sections
- Only a 90 minute drive from Brisbane
Heading out of Brisbane bright and early at 6.30am, I drove down the empty Pacific Motorway to the Binna Burra section of the Lamington National Park.
It’s an easy drive out there via Nerang and Beechmont. Binna Burra is the most accessible part of Lamington National Park from Brisbane, and you should get there in about 90 minutes. The Green Mountains section, well known as O’Reilly’s, is around a 2 hour drive.
The Coomera Circuit starts on the Border Track near the Binna Burra Teahouse. At the 1.9km mark, you hit a junction and then take the right fork. The first waterfall you’ll hit is Coomera Falls, 5.5km down the circuit.
Hopefully Coomera Falls is flowing when you do this hike. Sometimes they are in full force, other times the falls are not much more than a trickle. If you get lucky, you’ll get a great view from the lookout over the 160m deep Coomera Gorge.
Once past Coomera Falls, you’ll head down to the Coomera River following the edge of the gorge. Rocks have been placed in the river to use as crossings. You’ll cross the river several times before reaching the Coomera crevice waterfall. A little further on you’ll reach the pretty Bahnamboola Falls. There are access points below and above the waterfall.
For any keen photographers out there, the river crossings and Bahnamboola Falls is where you’ll want to snap a few photos. The Coomera Circuit then passes Neerigomindalala Falls before linking back up with the Border Track and taking you back to the carpark.
- Hiking shoes (the track can get very slippery)
- Insect repellent (for leeches)
- Water and snacks
How To Get There
From Brisbane, head down the Pacific Motorway and take Exit 69 (Nerang) and follow the signs to Hinze Dam. Once on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, take the right-hand turnoff to Binna Burra and follow this road up to the park. The journey will take about 90 minutes. The track starts opposite the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge driveway entrance.
Beginner — with fitness to cover the distance.
Distance / Duration
17.4km / 5-6 hours
Former Explorer of the Month, Lisa Owen, is an expert in this region. Check out some of her other pieces…