Daves Creek Circuit

Binna Burra

The track starts on the Border track and then branches off and follows the Ships Stern circuit track before branching off again. Well sign posted, good tracks and some good views from the Numinbah lookout. There is also a small cave side track that is sign posted. On the way back don't miss "Surprise Rock".

No Public Transport
No Dogs Permitted

Getting there

Follow the signs from Nerang to Binna Burra. The track starts from the carpark near the campsite and cafe.  To access the circuit you must walk down Border Track for 3km.


The information centre 1km before Binna Burra, The Binna Burra Lodge or Campsite have maps available.


Route/Trail notes

 Don't miss climbing Suprise Rock for a great view.  When you see the sign continue along the path about 200m when you see the fork take the path that heads towards the rock.  You will see a short path where you can scramble up the rock.

Other References



Loved this walk, great easy length and lots of variety with some stunning views

Bobbe on 14 Apr, 2019

I love Dave's Creek Circuit. It's my favourite medium length walk at Binna Burra. Lots of variety in vegetation and terrain. A well graded and enjoyable walk with some excellent views from the Gold Coast to northern NSW. Recent rain meant that there was a lot of different and colourful fungi around. Usually, I manage to see a snake on this walk, but yesterday the only reptile I saw was a land mullet - still interesting though

Samantha on 22 Mar, 2019

Really enjoyed this walk. Lots of different vegetation. Beautiful views around the escarpment. Saw sundews and yellow tailed cockatoos.

Rochelle on 2 Jun, 2018

Walked today. 3h45m at a relaxed pace. Great views and a few spring crossings for water if you run out. Temp was coolish, and drizzle set in around 1pm, and temp dropped further. If the longer Ships Stern walk (19km) seems too much this features many similar changes in flora and similar views over Numinbah Valley.

BruceG on 28 May, 2018

Very nice walk through different types of vegetation.
Beautiful views.
Worth the effort.

Holger on 12 May, 2018

Such a beautiful walk through rainforest, and then it opens up with some rugged rock faces. The change in the scenery is immediate which I always find amazing. We walked this at a good steady pace and stopped for lunch & a rest at one of the views, it took us 3 1/2 hours to complete. What a stunningly beautiful day for a walk.

Roxy on 21 Apr, 2018

This is the most beautiful walk. There are spectacular, drastic changes of scenery and incredible open views. Pretty easy, not too hilly. Saw a python, some pademelons, and a couple of crays. If you can, hop up on Surprise Rock for an incredible 360 degree view.

mjorn_ on Mar, 2018

What a beautiful walk! The vegetation changes are amazing. The fallen giants really are fallen giants. Saw 2 spiny blue crayfish in the creeks, nearly stepped on 2 snakes! Really loved this walk and would do it again without hesitation. Walked it with our 6.5yo daughter and took our time at the lookouts. Nice spot at Picnic Creek for a picnic stop too. We walked it in the anticlockwise direction.

BGS3 on 31 Jan, 2018

Any walking in this area is well worth it.

Chantelle on 8 Jan, 2018

Variety of fauna and terrain. Saw my first land mullet - frighted the daylights out of me initially thinking it was some type of snake. The little cave halfway is a surprising find. Good views.

kodama on 2018

A fantastic walk, easy, family friendly and filled with magical views. have done this walk now 4+ times as it's a great exercise and you always spot something different. :)

Paul Hartley on 23 Sep, 2017

As indicated by previous comments and the overall rating, this hike is relatively easy with no steep up or downhill climbs. Adding the 4.6km return upper Balanjui (spelling?) falls is well worth it, and so is the scramble up surprise rock. Found you are a bit exposed when walking through the bushfire ravaged section. The diverse vegetation you experience on the walk is excellent. Quite a few places to stop and have a picnic.. didn't have any issues with leeches.

Nick&Kathy on 30 Jul, 2017

Great variety of flora from rainforest to scrubland and montane heath. Today had a variety of weather too. we confirmed that this one is best done in a clockwise direction after rain.

oldcoastwalker on 11 May, 2017

Much easier than it looks from the top! Don't miss it.

Jess on 2 May, 2017

Great hike. Could be a quick hour or so hike or take hours resting at beautiful lookouts along the way. Make sure you have a bit of a rock scramble up Surprise Rock. Beautiful view to the coast on a clear day.A bit too far for young kids if just introducing them to hiking. Don't need to be overly fit for this hike as it is pretty much flat ground. Lots of leeches so make sure you take insect repellent. Enjoy a well earned beer or glass of wine at the Tea House on your return🙏💕

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Mel on 18 Mar, 2017

Nice easy walk with great views.

davidGriffo on 18 Mar, 2017

Lots of leeches if the trails are at wet, except in the middle sections. Very pleasant rainforest walk for half of the walk with lots of bird life and half is a path near the edge of the mountain top with good views, though not as spectacular as other hikes. It is an easy track without very steep sections.

Nick on 14 Jan, 2017

Awesome walk through diverse rainforest with some amazing views. Definitely do the quick scramble up surprise rock, you will not be disappointed! Some parts of the track currently have trees which have fallen covering the path, but they're easy to get around. Yes... there are leeches amongst plenty other wildlife.

Samuel Armstrong on 5 Jan, 2017

An amazing walk through the rainforest, some great views and examples of Antarctic Beech.

Ian C on 22 Oct, 2016

Fantastic walk the start is border track opposite the Binna Burra tea house
Took us a while to find it.. Track was quite wet and we saw quite a bit of wild life, wallabies etc and our first bushwalking snake 🐍😬
Took 3 hours- surprise rock is easy to walk past if you don't know what you're looking for.

Jodie on 4 Sep, 2016


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