Coomera Waterfall Circuit

5 h 30 min to 8 h 30 min

16.1 km
circuit

↑ 871 m
↓ -871 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Binna Burra Road, QLD, this walk takes you on a circuit visiting multiple waterfalls and lookouts, including Coomera and Joalah(meaning Haunt of the Lyrebird). Follow the strong Coomera River as you enjoy the lovely cascades and waterfalls making your way up the gorge. Try to spot some ray-finned fishes in the water as there are 22 different species present in Lamington National. This area is also part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, and features a dense subtropical rainforest along with some interesting fungi. As the constant birdsong suggests, it can be fruitful to birdwatch on this track. 246 species of birds reside in the park including the near threatened black-breasted button-quail. Don’t forget to bring swimmers and a towel to cool off in the swimming holes. The currents are strong so do not try to swim in dangerous areas. There are plenty of spots to sit down and have a little picnic whilst enjoying the refreshing ambience around the falls. Grippy footwear will come in handy on the slippery parts of the hike. Keep in mind that the creek crossings can flood after/during heavy rain and become dangerous, so check the forecast and water level beforehand to avoid unpleasant outcomes. 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 (-28.1989202,153.1875384)
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 onto Binna Burra Road and drive for another 20 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Binna Burra Road(near the same-titled Teahouse), head towards the green directional signpost along the concrete track, passing by picnic tables to your left and a sheltered informative signpost to your right. Follow the track(Border Track) gently uphill as it leads you into the woodland, moving directly away from the car park. After about 1.85km from the start, veer slightly right at the 4-way intersection and join the Coomera Circuit Track to continue along Coomera Waterfall Circuit(counterclockwise). This is the recommended direction of travel.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Binna Burra Teahouse (about 55 m back from the start).

Mo-Fr 09:30-15:30
Sa 07:30-20:00
Su 07:30-16:00
Find the sign at the start.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Rainforest Circuit & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
Then pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 460 m (at the intersection of Rainforest Circuit & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 970 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Tullawallal Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Coomera Circuit & Tullawallal Circuit) continue straight, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 1.1 km cross the ford.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 255 m cross the ford.
After another 90 m cross the ford.
After another 345 m cross the ford.
After another 105 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 440 m cross the ford.
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 315 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 360 m cross the ford.
After another 245 m cross the ford.
After another 30 m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
Then come to the "Coomera Falls Lookout" (10 m on your right).
After another 7 m pass the "Coomera Falls" (30 m on your right).
After another 180 m pass the "Ungurungbano Falls" (35 m on your right).
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 45 m cross the ford.
After another 520 m cross the ford.
After another 170 m pass the "Nahnangboola Falls" (20 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip will take you closer to the Nahnangboola Falls. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Take this little side trip if you want to see the Bahnamboola Falls up close. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 85 m pass the "Bahnamboola Falls" (30 m on your left).
After another 35 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Tiny side trip taking you to Kagoonya Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of sidetrack to Kagoonya Falls & Coomera Circuit) turn sharp right, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 160 m pass the "Kagoonya Falls" (15 m on your left).
After another 50 m cross the ford.
After another 55 m pass the "Gwongarragong Falls" (15 m on your right).
After another 45 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 250 m pass the "Moolgoolong Cascades" (9 m on your right).
After another 155 m pass the "Chigigunya Falls" (15 m on your right).
After another 280 m cross the ford.
After another 580 m pass the "Neerigomindalala Falls" (9 m on your right).
Then cross the ford.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Coomera Circuit.
After another 140 m cross the ford.
After another 75 m pass the "Goorawa Falls" (10 m on your left).
Then cross the ford.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Border Track & Coomera Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 2.1 km (at the intersection of Mount Hobwee Track & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 900 m come to the "Joalah Lookout".
Joalah is an Aboriginal word meaning 'Haunt of the Lyrebird.'
After another 20 m pass a seat (15 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 2.1 km (at the intersection of Daves Creek Circuit & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Tullawallal Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 420 m (at the intersection of Border Track & Coomera Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 70 m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Border Track & Rainforest Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 460 m (at the intersection of Border Track & Rainforest Circuit) continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Tullawallal Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Tullawallal Circuit Start heading along Tullawallal Circuit (a walking track).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Tullawallal Circuit & Tullawallal Trail) veer right, to head along Tullawallal Trail.
After another 6 m pass a seat (8 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 720 m come to the end.
About 45 m past the end is "Tullawallal Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 770 m to the main route.

This little side trip will take you closer to the Nahnangboola Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Coomera Circuit.
After another 40 m come to the end.
"Nahnangboola Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.

Tiny side trip taking you to Kagoonya Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Coomera Circuit & sidetrack to Kagoonya Falls Start heading along sidetrack to Kagoonya Falls (a walking track).
After another 45 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Kagoonya Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.

Take this little side trip if you want to see the Bahnamboola Falls up close.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Coomera Circuit.
After another 55 m come to the end.
"Bahnamboola Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 55 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Coomera Waterfall Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 16.1 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 8 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 40 m from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 6.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 m[toilet]
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