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.

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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

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

Beautiful walk, took us 5 hours. Kids and I found the last 2 kms tough and we would start earlier in the day next time as walking in late afternoon was quite dark. Amazing scenery

AMB&CO on 26 Jun, 2016

Good fun walk. Can add a few challenges along the way if you wish.

Greent on 7 May, 2016

Completed this walk twice in April. Beautiful walk. Saw snakes both times. Love the way to vegetation changes. A great walk with some ascent but not difficult.

Kay on Apr, 2016

great walk with very different vegetation types, quite easy, beautiful views into the valley. took 3 hrs return.

gabemma on 16 Aug, 2015

Great walk! Took us almost 5h at a very leisurely pace with frequent stops. Expected more of a gradient but walk was pretty flat throughout. You pass through lots of different kinds of vegetation which keeps things interesting. Started at 8am on a Sunday and didn't encounter anyone else for the majority of the walk, until we rejoined the border track on the way back to Binna Burra. Quite a few nice picnic spots around the 5km mark. We chose a little lookout to have stop at (around the 4.7km mark, where the track splits and the right one takes you to the lookout a few metres down the path). But there's also Molongolee Cave and Picnic Creek just a bit further along - they both offer rocks/logs for seating.

Spotted quite a bit of wildlife. A lyrebird just after the turnoff from the Border Track and several pademelons, lizards & snakes. And of course you're always surrounded by birds.
Already planning on doing this walk again!

rheia on 19 Apr, 2015

We completed this walk within 4hrs during torrential rain. It was still quite pleasant in the rain despite a couple of leeches here and there. Also each lookout was a complete whiteout which was slightly disappointing but we did take refuge in the cave for a while.

We saw a lyrebird! Stoked! And 2 of the spiny blue crays :) Very lucky!

Alice on 21 Mar, 2015

Completed this circuit in 4 hours with my 8 year old son. Lots of mud after the recent rain, but fantastic views from Numinbah Lookout and the top of Surprise Rock.

mattyc on 1 Mar, 2015

Great walk... Not too hilly 12km/3.5hrs

lilspark on 11 Aug, 2013


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