Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

2 days to 3 days

48.8km
oneway

↑ 2796 m
↓ -3696 m

Hard track
Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this great walk takes you to The Settlement Day Use & Camping Area via the 54km Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, visiting many lookouts, waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. Get ready for an epic adventure through the ancient Gondwana rainforests that offers you unique experiences such as walking on the rim of the Tweed Volcano. The scenery is exceptional and diverse, featuring secluded and remote parts that will make you forget the era you’re in. Spend the night in the jungle, cool off in the rock pools and take in the frequent stunning views along the way. Although it’s a challenging journey, it is definitely one of the best ones. Look out for horse riders and snakes. Take extra care whilst crossing the creeks. Keep in mind that the recommended (and better signposted) direction of travel is from west to east (O’Reilly’s to Springbrook). Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road (-28.2302929,153.1350277)
Mode Car
Finish (-28.1939176,153.271041)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Lamington National Park Road(in front of the Information Centre), head along the paved track gently downhill towards the said Information Centre, moving directly away from the road. Turn right before heading into the building and follow the paved track(Border Track) as it leads you into the woodland, keeping the road to your right. After about 375 metres, veer/keep right to stay on the Border Track to continue the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.....
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Border Track
5h, 8h to 2 days
20.9km
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road Startheading along [i]Border Track[/i] (a walking track).
There is a "O'Reilly's Cafe & Gifts" restaurant (about 60m back from the start).
After 80m pass the "National Parks & Wildlife Office" sign (15m on your left).
After another 55m pass the BBQ (20m on your right).
After another 15m pass the toilet (10m on your left).
Then pass the shelter (15m on your right).
After another 35m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 120m pass a seat (7m on your right).
After another 135m (at the intersection of Border Track & Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 400m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to a set of observation decks built literally in a Strangler Fig, with one of them being 30 metres above the ground. You can observe the flora and birdlife from close proximinity as the interpretive signs help you identify plants. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp right Details below.
At the intersection of Border Track Connection & Border Track continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 1km (at the intersection of Border Track & Box Forest Circuit / to Toolona Creek Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 700m (at the intersection of Border Track & Forestry Department Cairn Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 2.3km (at the intersection of Albert River Circuit & Border Track) veer left, to head along Border Track.
After another 40m (at the intersection of Albert River Circuit & Border Track) veer left, to head along Border Track.
After another 800m (at the intersection of Border Track & Naturalists’ Cairn track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 130m pass the "Mount Bithongabel" summit (on your right).
After another 280m come to the Mount Bithongabel bush camp site (30m on your right).
Veer left, to head along Border Track.
After another 215m come to the "Lookout" viewpoint.
After another 440m come to the "Toolona Lookout" viewpoint (10m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 640m (at the intersection of Border Track & Toolona Creek Circuit) veer right, to head along Border Track.
After another 115m come to the "Wanungara Lookout" viewpoint (25m on your right).
At the intersection of Main Border Track & Border Track turn left, to head along Border Track.
After another 990m come to the "Nyamulli Lookout" viewpoint (15m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Border Track.
After another 2.2km pass the "Mount Merino" summit (110m on your right).
After another 570m come to the "Chakoonya Lookout" viewpoint (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Merino Lookout, visiting Beereenbano Lookout along the way. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 75m (at the intersection of Merino Lookout Track & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 760m pass the "Biby" summit (65m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to the Dacelo Lookout via the Mount Hobwee Circuit Track. Providing you southeasterly views over the land, this return trip will add around 20 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 460m (at the intersection of Border Track & Mount Hobwee Circuit) turn left, to head along Border Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to Goorawa Falls along Coomera River. You can head upstream to view more waterfalls if you'd like. The out & back trip to Goowara Falls may add up to 10 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 950m (at the intersection of Border Track & Coomera Circuit) veer right, to head along Border Track.
After another 2.1km (at the intersection of Mount Hobwee Track & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 880m come to the "Joalah Lookout" viewpoint.
After another 20m pass a seat (15m on your left)., has no backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to Nagarigoon Falls, visiting a camp site along the way. May add about 40 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp right Details below.
After another 2.2km (at the intersection of Daves Creek Circuit & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 450m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Tullawallal Lookout. The track circles around the said lookout for a gradual, steady incline/decline. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
At the intersection of Border Track & Coomera Circuit continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 450m cross the ford.
After another 890m (at the intersection of Border Track & Rainforest Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 460m (at the intersection of Border Track & Rainforest Circuit) continue straight.
After another 40m pass the sign.
After another 35m pass the toilet (15m on your left).
After another 25m come to the "Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite" camp site (65m on your right).
Then pass the car park (10m on your right).
Veer right, to head along Binna Burra Road.
After another 20m turn right.
After another 40m pass the "Binna Burra Teahouse" cafe (15m on your right).

Mo-Fr 09:30-15:30
Sa 07:30-20:00
Su 07:30-16:00

An optional side trip to Tullawallal Lookout. The track circles around the said lookout for a gradual, steady incline/decline.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Tullawallal Circuit heading along [i]Tullawallal Circuit[/i] (a walking track).
After another 40m (at the intersection of Tullawallal Circuit & Tullawallal Trail) veer right, to head along Tullawallal Trail.
After another 730m come to "Tullawallal Lookout" viewpoint
The end.

An optional side trip taking you to Nagarigoon Falls, visiting a camp site along the way. May add about 40 minutes to your journey.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Daves Creek Circuit heading along [i]Daves Creek Circuit[/i] (a walking track).
After 760m cross the ford.
After another 95m cross the ford.
After another 185m cross the ford.
After another 65m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 25m pass the sign (6m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Daves Creek Circuit.
After another 40m (at the intersection of Daves Creek Circuit & Ship's Stern Circuit) turn left, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 85m come to the "Nagarigoon Clearing" camp site (20m on your right).
Campsite managed byQld Parks & Wildlife.
After another 55m continue straight, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 35m cross the ford.
About 10m past the end is "Nagarigoon Falls" waterfall
The end.

This optional side trip takes you to Goorawa Falls along Coomera River. You can head upstream to view more waterfalls if you'd like. The out & back trip to Goowara Falls may add up to 10 minutes to your journey.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Coomera Circuit & Border Track heading along [i]Coomera Circuit[/i] (a walking track).
After another 285m come to a ford
About 15m past the end is "Goorawa Falls" waterfall
The end.

An optional side trip taking you to the Dacelo Lookout via the Mount Hobwee Circuit Track. Providing you southeasterly views over the land, this return trip will add around 20 minutes to your journey.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Mount Hobwee Circuit heading along [i]Mount Hobwee Circuit[/i] (a walking track).
After another 325m (at the intersection of Dacelo Lookout Track & Mount Hobwee Circuit) turn sharp right, to head along Dacelo Lookout Track.
After another 245m come to "Dacelo Lookout" viewpoint
Dacelo Lookout the end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Merino Lookout, visiting Beereenbano Lookout along the way.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Merino Lookout Track heading along [i]Merino Lookout Track[/i] (a walking track).
After 225m come to the "Beereenbano Lookout" viewpoint.
After another 195m come to "Merino Lookout" viewpoint
Merino Lookout the end.

This optional side trip takes you to a set of observation decks built literally in a Strangler Fig, with one of them being 30 metres above the ground. You can observe the flora and birdlife from close proximinity as the interpretive signs help you identify plants.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track Connection & Border Track heading along [i]Border Track Connection[/i] (a walking track).
After another 135m continue straight, to head along Border Track Connection.
After another 100m (at the intersection of Booyong Walk & Border Track Connection) veer right, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 35m (at the intersection of Booyong Walk & Tree Top Walk) continue straight, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 40m (at the intersection of Booyong Walk & Tree Top Walk) continue straight, to head along Tree Top Walk.
After another 50m veer left, to head along Tree Top Walk.
Then cross the bridge
After another 40m cross the bridge
Then come to "Tree Top Walk Ladder" viewpoint
Tree Top Walk Ladder the end.

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Binna Burra to Woonoongoora
6h to 8h
19.8km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 100m back from the start).
There is a sign (about 90m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 55m back from the start).
There is a "Binna Burra Teahouse" cafe (about 35m back from the start).

Mo-Fr 09:30-15:30
Sa 07:30-20:00
Su 07:30-16:00
After 35m come to the "Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite" camp site.
After 205m pass the car park (10m on your left).
After another 10m pass the sign (on your left).
Turn right, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 195m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Bellbird Lookout for better views over the valley. Can take around 15 minutes out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 260m (at the intersection of Ship's Stern Circuit & Bellbird Lookout) continue straight, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 10m pass the sign (9m on your right).
After another 165m cross the ford.
After another 65m cross the ford.
After another 750m pass the "Chiminya Falls" waterfall (50m on your right).
After another 190m pass the sign (7m on your right).
Then pass the sign (25m on your right).
Then pass a seat (25m on your right).
Then come to the "Koolanbilba Lookout" viewpoint (25m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 440m pass the "Chiminya Falls" waterfall (20m on your left).
After another 155m come to the Koolanbilba Cave.
After another 220m come to the "Yangahla Lookout" viewpoint (30m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 8m pass the sign (6m on your left).
After another 190m cross the ford.
After another 315m cross the ford.
After another 175m come to the Wojigumai Cave.
After another 140m cross the ford.
After another 65m cross the ford.
After another 155m (at the intersection of Ship's Stern Circuit & Lower Bellbird Circuit) turn left, to head along Lower Bellbird Circuit.
After another 10m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 1.8km come to the "Bellbird Lookout" viewpoint (140m on your left).
After another 830m pass the sign (6m on your left).
At the intersection of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Lower Bellbird Circuit turn right, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 2.7km continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to the Dacelo Lookout via the Mount Hobwee Circuit Track. Providing you southeasterly views over the land, this return trip will add around 20 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 1.6km continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 5m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to Goorawa Falls along Coomera River. You can head upstream to view more waterfalls if you'd like. The out & back trip to Goowara Falls may add up to 10 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 6m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 710m (at the intersection of Nerang Murwillumbah Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road (a road).
After another 270m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 15m cross the bridge (about 35m long)
After another 1km cross the Priens Crossing (about 45m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to Nagarigoon Falls, visiting a camp site along the way. May add about 40 minutes to your journey. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp right Details below.
After another 1.5km continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 380m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 25m pass the Fudge Cafe (25m on your right).
After another 2m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 125m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 20m pass the toilet (50m on your left).
After another 30m (at the intersection of Nerang Murwillumbah Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 35m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.2km (at the intersection of Yauns Break & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 330m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road (a vehicle track).
After another 670m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Yauns Break) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 140m (at the intersection of School House Break & Chesters Road) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 10m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) veer left, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 6m climb over the stile.
After another 840m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 230m cross the ford.
After another 810m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 350m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 440m pass the toilet (10m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 15m pass the sign (8m on your left).
After another 90m come to "Woonoongoora Walkers Camp" camp site

This optional side trip takes you to the Bellbird Lookout for better views over the valley. Can take around 15 minutes out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Ship's Stern Circuit & Bellbird Lookout heading along [i]Bellbird Lookout[/i] (a walking track).
After another 170m (at the intersection of Bellbird Lookout & Horse Track) turn sharp right, to head along Bellbird Lookout.
After another 260m (at the intersection of Bellbird Lookout & Cliff Track) continue straight, to head along Bellbird Lookout.
After another 9m come to "Bellbird Lookout" viewpoint
Bellbird Lookout the end.

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Woonoongoora to The Settlement
4h to 5h
8.1km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 8m come to the "Woonoongoora Walkers Camp" camp site (10m on your right).
After 105m pass the toilet (10m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 20m pass the sign (7m on your right).
After another 1.2km pass the sign (6m on your right).
At the intersection of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk & South trail continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 390m pass the Apple Tree Park (275m on your right).
At the intersection of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk & North trail continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 235m pass the sign (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 25m pass a seat (70m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (15m on your left).
Then pass the shelter (60m on your left).
After another 8m (at the intersection of Springbrook Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 20m pass the BBQ (55m on your left).
After another 60m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to a water tank which has been painted by an anonymous artist. If you fancy it, take a look at the provided website to learn more about the others. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 710m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 20m find the Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1 (55m on your right).
Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1
Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1

Artist unknown.
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Artist unknown.

After another 175m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 2km find the "Warringa Pool" entity|waterhole (10m on your right).
Warringa Pool
Warringa Pool

A swimming hole along Little Nerang Creek(West Branch).
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A swimming hole along Little Nerang Creek(West Branch).

Then cross the ford.
After another 10m pass the waterfall (on your right).
After another 300m cross the bridge (about 10m long)
After another 710m (at the intersection of Purling Brook Falls Circuit & Warringa Pool Track) continue straight, to head along Purling Brook Falls Circuit.
After another 40m head through/around the gate.
After another 75m come to the viewpoint (65m on your right).
Then pass the Toilet (145m on your right).
After another 85m pass the "Purlingbrook Falls" waterfall (6m on your right).
Then come to the "Purling Brook Falls Lookout" viewpoint (8m on your right).
After another 90m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.7km cross the George Haddock Memorial Bridge (about 30m long)
After another 30m head through/around the gate.
After another 4m (Pathogen hygiene station) turn left.
After another 65m head through/around the gate.
After another 175m come to a toilet

This little side trip takes you to a water tank which has been painted by an anonymous artist. If you fancy it, take a look at the provided website to learn more about the others.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 50m come to a gate
Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1
Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1
Springbrook Water Tank Art - Site 1

Artist unknown.
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Artist unknown.

The end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Border Track

Binna Burra to Woonoongoora

Woonoongoora to The Settlement


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 48.8km
Time 2 days to 3 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 16.3km apart with the largest gap of 42.4km.

Toilet: There are 7 on route, on average they are 6.1km apart with the largest gap of 20.8km.

Seat: There are 7 on route, on average they are 6.4km apart with the largest gap of 19.8km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
90m[toilet]
Shelter
90m[shelter]
Camp site
6.1kmMount Bithongabel bush camp site
Camp site
18.6km "Nagarigoon Clearing" camp site
Toilet
20.9km[toilet]
Camp site
20.9km "Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite" camp site
Toilet
35.6km[toilet]
Toilet
40.6km[toilet]
Camp site
40.7km "Woonoongoora Walkers Camp" camp site
Toilet
42.5km[toilet]
Shelter
42.5km[shelter]
Toilet
46.7kmToilet
Toilet
48.8km[toilet]
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