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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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

Favourite walk at Binna Burra. Be sure to go anti-clockwise around the circuit so you are always facing the view

flashsam on 15 Jan, 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

Great walk, Surprise Rock has an awesome 360 view

rob.bushman on 4 Aug, 2013

As Ships Stern was closed due to storm damage we chose this walk instead. Although the track notes state that this is the most botanically diverse walk in the park I was not expecting such a difference throughout the walk. A very interesting walk with great views.

Grumps on Jul, 2013

A beautiful walk, a bit muddy after the recent rain. Lovely views and a variety of forests.

Roslyn Mc on 30 Mar, 2013

Great walk, not many leeches, bit foggy early on. Moonlight cave had to be the best part of the circuit

mkemp28 on 10 Mar, 2013


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