Waterfalls and caves at Binna Burra (QLD)

Lamington National Park is a nature lover’s paradise with its many kilometres of walking trails offering up caves, swimming holes, waterfalls and rainforest views.

Lamington National Park has two sections – Binna Burra and Green Mountains. The Binna Burra section is the easiest to reach, and offers up a multitude of diverse trails ranging from rockpools to waterfalls.

The 6km Gwongoorool Rockpools trail is a great place to kick off your outdoor adventure, taking you past towering cliffs, moss framed steps carved into the rock, and tree lined gorges.

After about a 45 minute gentle downhill hike, you emerge at the Coomera River before reaching the Gwongoorool rock pool. In summer, this place is a popular swimming spot.

If you’re there in the morning, you’ll capture clear reflections on the rockpool and in some parts, the river looks like liquid gold as the sun shines just right.

Next to the Gwongoorool trail is the 5km Caves Circuit. From the starting point next to the national park’s Information Centre, you quickly get good views across the surrounding mountain range before heading down and quickly coming to two large and impressive caves before walking back up the hill. You’ll come out near Binna Burra Lodge and can walk back down the road to your car.

The 17.5km Coomera Circuit starts on the Border Track which links Binna Burra with the Green Mountains (O’Reilly’s) section of Lamington National Park. At the 1.9km mark of the Border Track, you hit a junction where you take the right fork. The trail is an easy grade as it winds down the Beechmont Range and into the Coomera Valley.

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 through the rainforest you’ll reach the pretty Bahnamboola Falls. There’s access points below and above the waterfall.

The Coomera Circuit then passes a number of waterfalls before linking back up with the Border Track and taking you back to the carpark.

How to get there

The Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park is an easy 90 minute drive from Brisbane via Nerang, and about an hour from the Gold Coast. Take the Pacific Motorway and exit at Nerang. Follow the Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, and then take Beechmont Road up to Binna Burra Lodge.

Head here early to beat the other day trippers which fill the trails from around 10am.

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming (in summer)
  • Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner-Intermediate (to cover distance)

Distance covered:

Coomera Circuit: 17.5km

Gwongoorool Rockpools: 6km

Caves Circuit: 5km