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).

702m
Maximum Elevation
1239m
Total Climb

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

Maps

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!

Permits/Costs

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?

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheKendo72

Comments

Nice walk rewarded by rock pools at the bottom... But you need to walk back up the way you came down... will get the un fit puffing but really not all that bad just a few stairs towards the top to make you feel alive... some good info on the rock formations on the way down... worth the walk... the cafe is only a few kms by car further on 👍

David S on 27 Jan, 2019

Beautiful Rock Pools lovely to swim in.

Logan M. on 2 Oct, 2018

The Illindah track is still closed (since Cyclone Debbie) as at 9 Sept 18.
Check with QPWS on 137468 or their website qpws.gov.au before going

Tassie on 9 Sep, 2018

We had initially planned to do the Caves Circuit, but unfortunately the track was closed for maintenance. The Gwongoorool Track was the next closest track, and it was only 1km longer than the Caves Circuit, so we decided to give it a go. We weren't disappointed!

It's a beautiful walk down through the bush to the Coomera River, and it was interesting to see how the vegetation changed as we descended down into the valley. Lots of ferns and moss and lush greenery in the cool, damp shade of the trees.

The Gwongoorool Pool is an absolutely magical place. Again, like the waterfalls we have recently visited, it is impossible to capture the true beauty of the place in a photo. We could've spent the whole afternoon at the river, jumping rocks and exploring further up the river, and just sitting and soaking in all the beautiful sights and sounds, and watching the cute little birds flit around here and there chasing insects.

Alas, we did have to turn around and head back up the cliff. It was perhaps a slightly easier climb than Purling Brook and Twin Falls in that it was a steadier climb upwards, with a few steep sections and enough of a gentle climb between that you could catch your breath before the next set of steps. It was still not an easy climb however, with many a rest stop on the way back and plenty of encouraging words to keep the kids going.

Sarah on 14 Jul, 2018

This walk is currently closed for repairs. (as of 19 Feb 2018). Check with The Binna Burra information office for more info.

David Pollak on 18 Feb, 2018

such a beautiful place that is easy to take great pics

Gary on 26 Mar, 2017

It's a steady, graded walk though what goes down, must go up. I have bad knees and managed this track fine using one hiking stick.

kerfuffle on 19 Feb, 2017

Well managed track. Go a couple days after the rain to see the waterfall across a couple sections of the track. The pools are a nice place for lunch.

rob.bushman on 4 Sep, 2016

Very pretty walk.

Riggergirl on 10 Aug, 2016

Great little walk with a nice reward at the bottom, but be prepared to climb back up! Some of the stairs carved into the rocks are brilliant and make a great photo opportunity!

CamronDixon on Jun, 2016

Great walk don't miss the opportunity to look back up at the cliffs on your way down.

Jodie on 28 Mar, 2016

Love this walk and will do it again and again and again. Bit of a scramble to the rock pool for a swim, chilly but worth it after the walk. A great day out.

Kay on Mar, 2016

Great spot for a swim.
Did this after the Cave circuit so had built up a bit of sweat so the chilly pool was ideal.
Incredibly serene spot at the rock pools. Well worth the short walk.
No leeches seen.

Zerpy on 21 Feb, 2016

Nice walk to the pools along the Illinbah circuit. Pools were fun and very refreshing. The water was freezing so we couldn't stay in for long but it would be perfect of a hotter day! Pretty steep climb back to the carpark and you'll be wishing you could take a dip once back at the top :p
Only encountered what may have been a leech in the creek. It could have been bark though haha.

jadetron on 23 Dec, 2015

I've done this walk twice. Both times on the way to and from the Coomera Falls. As some other's have commented, it really is straight down and straight up. Took us half an hour to get down and and hour to get up and we are pretty fit and took no actual breaks apart from just getting our breath and hydrating. Just to clarify, we had full packs on (around 20kg with camera gear) too. The walk is fairly typical rainforest and changes slightly as you move through the different levels of terrain. So pretty cool rock walls to take a look at and the track itself is quite pretty in places. Once you get to the river itself the rock pools are beautiful. Go upstream 50m and there is a crystal clear pool with smooth rock bottom and clean gravel. Such a perfect swimming hole. Great place to take a break and have lunch in the shade on the other side of the river. I also agree with another comment saying they wished there was another pool at the top after that walk back up. Haha. Can't have it all I guess. If you don't have a lot of time and want a big payoff (swim) at the halfway point, this is a great little hike. You might even get to work on your fitness. ;)
I'll try and find some pics and post them soon. I'll be uploading a few videos of us swimming in the pools to our Facebook page soon too. (https://www.facebook.com/HikeordieTV)

Hike or Die on 19 Dec, 2015

1st Wedding Anniversary... and the Cowboys win the GF

Damo on 5 Oct, 2015

Very well worn, easy track (though you are going uphill on the way back) with some great rock faces on the way down. A couple of lots of stairs to go down and back up. The pool is lovely!

Anonymous on 10 Jul, 2015

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

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