Start: Binna Burra
Distance: 17.4km circuit
Time: 7 hours (although I have walked this alone in 4½ hours)
Grade: Medium (some rock hopping to cross rivers so reconsider or be careful if there has been heavy rain or the river is in flood)
Closest Town: Beechmont
This walk is one of my all-time favourites and sits in one of the most beautiful national parks in Australia: Lamington National Park. Just 70 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast (Binna Burra section), the 100 year old national park covers over 20,000 hectares and contains a variety of forests, waterfalls and creeks to experience up-close.
The circuit starts at the Binna Burra carpark and follows the Border Track (the main spine of the Lamington National Park) for 1.9km where it then veers through rainforest, to reach a viewing platform of the Coomera Falls (5.5km from the start of the track). The circuit follows the gorge and crosses the Coomera river several times before rejoining the Border Track, returning to the carpark. While signs generally nudge you to take this anti-clockwise route of the circuit, I prefer taking the clockwise route where you can view the climatic falls towards the end of the walk.
To find out more visit: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/about