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Found 18 walks

The Stinson Wreckage
9.1 km return
6 h 30 min, 9 h to 2 days
The Stinson Wreckage
9.1 km
Return

Walk
6 h 30 min, 9 h to 2 days

Starting from Christmas Creek Road, Lamington, this return hike takes you to the Stinson Crash Site, visiting Westray’s Grave midway through. The walk also features lots of creek crossings along with a couple of waterfalls, and involves a decent amount of rock scrambling/hopping. In February 1937 a Stinson Model A airliner disappeared after taking off from Brisbane. It had set course for Sydney, but was nowhere to be found as the people of Australia remained shocked. The news made it to Lamington after a week, and Herb O'Reilly told his brother Bernard about it, along with where he thought it could be. Bernard climbed to the summit of Mount Throakban after spending a long night in the dense rainforest, and luckily spotted a burnt tree in the distance. He hastily made his way to the area in 3 hours, and heard a ‘Cooee’(a shout originated in Australia to attract attention) that alarmed him. He found Joe Binstead and John Proud, surprisingly alive after 10 days of being stranded. Four other men were there, lying dead on the ground. The surviving two told Bernard that Jim Westray - the englishman which was also on the plane with them - had gone to get help. Bernard left the men to seek aid. As he was making his way along Christmas Creek, he unfortunately found James Guthrie Westray’s lifeless body. He had fallen over a waterfall. He was buried by Christmas Creek, and the memorial commemorating him is still there to this day. Explore the gorgeous scenery as you delve into the saddening story of these people. The journey may be challenging, but the experience is well worth the hassle. Keep in mind that you can stay at the campsite near the wreckage and make this a multiday hike. Grippy trekking shoes are a must. Long sleeves and pants may also come in handy, as the track can be overgrown in parts. 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.

Highlights
Ruins
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Box Forest Waterfall Circuit
10 km circuit
4 h to 6 h
Box Forest Waterfall Circuit
10 km
Circuit

Walk
4 h to 6 h

Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this walk takes you on a circuit in the heart of Lamington National Park mostly via the Box Forest Circuit Track, visiting the iconic Elabana Falls, Box Log Falls, and the Picnic Rock area. As you start hiking through the beautiful forest containing 1000+ year old trees, you’ll be welcomed by the harmonic birdsong. Then, you’ll hear the soothing sound of water gushing down as the refreshing air around the cascades fill into your lungs. The lovely waterfalls hidden amidst the dense forest are exceptionally beautiful after rain as they are at their strongest. The Picnic Rock near Elabana Falls is a great spot to have a little picnic -hence the name- and swim(depending on the conditions). You may be able to spot some Lamington Crayfish, the spiny blue crayfish also known as ‘Yabby’ amongst Australians. The Box Log Falls are also worth stopping by as the setting of this little waterfall is quite picturesque, even more so than Elabana Falls according to some. The circuit itself other than the falls goes through a scenic forest that’s teeming with wildlife, teasing you with easterly views along the way. Although it’s best to view the falls after some decent rain, leeches become more abundant in such conditions. Wear long sleeves and pants to make this less of a problem. Keep in mind that you may run into some red-bellied black snakes as well, especially in warmer months. The track can be muddy in sections, and some rock scrambling/hopping may be required to reach the base of the falls. 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.

Highlights
Cafe
Swim
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


West Canungra Creek Waterfall Circuit
12.8 km circuit
5 h to 7 h 30 min
Coomera Waterfall Circuit
16.1 km circuit
5 h 30 min to 8 h 30 min
Coomera Waterfall Circuit
16.1 km
Circuit

Walk
5 h 30 min to 8 h 30 min

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.

Highlights
Swim
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Ships Stern Circuit
17 km circuit
4 h 30 min, 10 h 30 min to 2 days
Albert River Circuit
20.3 km circuit
5 h 30 min, 8 h to 2 days
Albert River Circuit
20.3 km
Circuit

Walk
5 h 30 min, 8 h to 2 days

Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this circuit walk takes you deep into the lush rainforests of Lamington park, navigating partly along Albert River and visiting multiple waterfalls and lookouts. Expect to be amazed by the stunning view of the waterfalls and the interchanging vegetation throughout the track. Although the track is roughly 20 kilometres long, it may not feel like it as the tracks are gentle and undulating. When you’re near water, keep an eye out for the native Lamington crayfish, also known as the blue spiny crayfish due to its vibrant blue coloured shell. Other wildlife you can run into in the area are king parrots and dingoes. You’ll be going through some ancient Antarctic Beech trees along with other interesting rainforest plant species. The Echo Point camp site midway is meters away from the same-titled lookout, where you can get exceptional panoramic views to the south. During the day, you’ll be able to see many mountains and hills including Mount Warning, whereas the night offers you an exceptional opportunity for stargazing. Decent(preferably waterproof) hiking boots and gaiters are recommended against the muddy and leechy conditions. Keep an eye out for snakes. 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.

Highlights
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car




Found 18 walks