Binna Burra to Woonoongoora

6 h to 8 h

19.8 km
oneway segment

↑ 940 m
↓ -1423 m

Hard track
Starting from the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite, Beechmont, this track takes you to Woonoongoora walkers’ camp via the second section of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, crossing Nixon Creek and Waterfall Creek along the way. This scenic journey through the vast valleys and dense woodlands of Queensland also has a feeling of remoteness to it, even though you walk on paved roads for a bit. The said valleys include Waterfall Creek Valley and Kurraragin Valley. You’ll be able to see the white (rhyolite) cliffs, Burma cedars, rose gums and much more along the way. Both trailheads have a place for you to stay, yet the Binna Burra end has more amenities including hotel rooms and a restaurant. Many walkers have rated this track “demanding yet worthwhile” so don’t expect a stroll in the woods. Keep in mind that there may be horse riders on parts of the track, so keep an ear out. 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
Segment This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
Full Journey Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Start (-28.1982987,153.1871982)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 490 m
  • Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 670 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 530 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 820 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 185 m
  • Continue onto McLaren Road and drive for another 370 m
  • Keep right onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 175 m
  • Continue onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 2.9 km
  • Turn right onto Beechmont Road, 84 and drive for another 18.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Binna Burra Road, 84 and drive for another 10.8 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 20 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 25 m
Finish (-28.1586103,153.2534596)
Mode (end)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite, head away from the teahouse as you keep Binna Burra Road to your left, skirting the open grassy area (to your left as well). Once you find the green directional signpost, turn right as you follow the signage for “Ships Stern Circuit” then cross Bell Bird Creek. Stay on the said track as you cross multiple creeks to continue along Binna Burra to Woonoongoora Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 100 m back from the start).
There is a sign (about 90 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 55 m back from the start).
Binna Burra Teahouse (about 35 m back from the start).

Mo-Fr 09:30-15:30
Sa 07:30-20:00
Su 07:30-16:00
Find the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite at the start.
After 205 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your left).
Turn right, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 195 m 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 here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Ship's Stern Circuit & Bellbird Lookout) continue straight, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 10 m pass the sign (9 m on your right).
After another 165 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 750 m pass the "Chiminya Falls" (50 m on your right).
After another 190 m pass the sign (7 m on your right).
Then pass the sign (25 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (25 m on your right).
Then come to the "Koolanbilba Lookout" (25 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 440 m pass the "Chiminya Falls" (20 m on your left).
After another 155 m come to the "Koolanbilba Cave".
After another 220 m come to the "Yangahla Lookout" (30 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Ship's Stern Circuit.
After another 8 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 190 m cross the ford.
After another 315 m cross the ford.
After another 175 m come to the "Wojigumai Cave".
After another 140 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Ship's Stern Circuit & Lower Bellbird Circuit) turn left, to head along Lower Bellbird Circuit.
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 1.8 km come to the "Bellbird Lookout" (140 m on your left).
After another 830 m pass the sign (6 m 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 2.7 km continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 5 m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 6 m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 710 m (at the intersection of Nerang Murwillumbah Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road (a road).
After another 270 m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 1 km cross the Priens Crossing (about 45 m long)
After another 1.5 km continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 25 m pass the "Fudge Cafe" (25 m on your right).
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 20 m pass the toilet (50 m on your left).
After another 30 m (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 35 m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Yauns Break & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road (a vehicle track).
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Yauns Break) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of School House Break & Chesters Road) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 10 m (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 6 m climb over the stile.
After another 840 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) turn left, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 230 m cross the ford.
After another 810 m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 350 m continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 440 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 15 m pass the sign (8 m on your left).
After another 90 m come to "Woonoongoora Walkers Camp".
The end.

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 Start heading along Bellbird Lookout (a walking track).
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Bellbird Lookout & Horse Track) turn sharp right, to head along Bellbird Lookout.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Bellbird Lookout & Cliff Track) continue straight, to head along Bellbird Lookout.
After another 9 m come to "Bellbird Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Bellbird Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Binna Burra to Woonoongoora


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 19.8 km
Time 6 h to 8 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.6 km apart with the largest gap of 19.8 km.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 5 km apart with the largest gap of 14.6 km.

Seat: There is one 1.8 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-102 m[toilet]
Camp site
0 mBinna Burra Mountain Lodge Campsite
Toilet
14.6 km[toilet]
Toilet
19.7 km[toilet]
Camp site
19.8 kmWoonoongoora Walkers Camp
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