Gwongoorool Rock Pools

Binna Burra

This track branches off the Illinbah circuit and descends through open forest and rainforest to Gwongoorool Pool on the Coomera River. Return via same track. (Illinbah circuit commences at the car park near the information centre).

Getting there
From Brisbane follow the M1 highway to Nerang. From Nerang head out towards Advancetown before you reach Advancetown turn right follow signs to Lower Beechmont the onto Beechmont from the round-a-bout turn left following signs to Binna Burra.
Then approx 4kms the Ranger Station on the right with Information centre. The carpark is there and toilets.

How do you get to the start of the walk?

100m down from the Information Centre and toilets is the walk entry point


Available from Information Centre or Binna Burra Lodge or Campground. Suitable maps would be -Beechmont, -Great Walk Gold Coast, - Lamington National Park

Which maps cover the area?

Route/Trail notes

The walk is well worn. And easy to follow. However there are a few wet spots along the way. And particularly after rain this track can be very difficult.

A detailed description of the walk!


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?

Only permits required if you are remote bushcamping at Illimbah clearing.

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?


It poured the entire walk but we were lucky enough to see one of the Lamington Crays halfway up the walk, a long way from water. It was leech city which I felt terrible about as I brought a friend who had never seen a leech before. So I had the honour of introducing her to her first, then another 16 or so. The walk took 2 hours including stopping to remove leeches consistently on the return trip. I thought the pools were an anticlimax in comparison to other swimming holes in the area. It's a relaxing walk I recommend in the dry however not a favourite.

Alice on 27 Dec, 2014

Did this walk a day after it rained so steps were muddy and really slippery but was still a relatively easy walk. Spotted an eel trying to jump out of the rock pool and a little pademelon on the way back up. the walk there and back with photo and lunch stops took just over 2 hours so plenty of time to come back and do the other walks in the area.

wendyd on 6 Nov, 2014

Great little walk, even with the leeches. :/
Would recommend, not too hard.

Roxy on 4 Apr, 2014

6km / 2.75hrs

lilspark on 16 Mar, 2013

Straight down and straight up! Great water pools down the bottom.

Foss Dog on 16 Mar, 2013

Stunning! Much better than the Cave Circuit - a must see IMHO

Alun on 6 Jan, 2012

The track is well maintained. And easy to follow. Lookout for the waterfall on the way down. The creek banks provide ideal location for lunch. A great escape from the city heat.

Boris Zoubakin on 13 Jul, 2010

a bit of a decent (which you then have to climb back up) but all on good well marked tracks.

Steven Pynor on 19 Jun, 2010

A nice walk on a hot day! Though steep walking out.

Laurence Hallam on 10 Jan, 2010

Did this walk after heavy rainfall, at some spots there was water flowing onto the track like mini waterfalls, half way down to the pool there was a massive land/mud slide, we had to climb up over it and find the track somewhere on the otherside, water flowed down the track most of the way, blue spiny crayfish hissed and snapped at us along the track, the pool was in full flow more like a raging torrent then a pool...

Walkinghawk on Jan, 2008
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