Toolona Creek and Mount Wanungra

Lamington National Park

A full day walk that follows Toolona Creek in which over 8 waterfalls will be seen, also reaching Mt Wanungara lookout to provide views to Byron Bay and North Stradbroke Is. The round trip takes 6-8 hours.

Getting there

Driving from Brisbane take the Narang exit and follow signs to Canungra. Turn left in the centre of Canungra, following the signs to Lamington Plateau, Green Mountain Car Park (aka O'Reillys). From Canungra the drive takes approximately 50 minutes along narrow winding roads. Take care, particuarly with the numerous blind corners.


There is a gift shop up from the main car park where you can buy various maps that cover the local walks.

Hema Maps has a 1:25000 that covers Lamington National Park in a single map.

Sunmap sheets Tyalgum and Beechmont cover the walk in 1:25000.

There is also a National Park Information Centre with brochures which outline the track system. The applicable points where the track splits are signposted as well.

Route/Trail notes

The first part of the walk to Picnic Rock is easy and the surface is a compacted rock and concrete track. Start on the border track and ignore the first turnoff (250m - Blue Pool and West Canungra Creek Circuit). Take the second exit (1.7km) leading to the Box Forest Circuit, Picnic Rock and the Toolona Creek Circuit. The Box Forest Circuit branches away from this track so take the right branch leading to Picnic Rock.

The track continues on the opposite side of the creek and continues to descend for 200m. The next branch is where the Box Forest Circuit and West Canungra Creek Circuit return. It's a crime if you don't turn left and walk 140m to see Elabana Falls. After that detour return and take the right hand turn to start on the Toolona Creek Circuit proper.

The walk along Toolona Creek crosses the creek over 5 times and takes you to or past around 7 small waterfalls (sometimes a short track will leave the main track to take you to a waterfall).  It is really a spectacular walk.

Once you reach Toolona Falls which take approximately 2 1/2; hours, you soon join up with "The Border Track". Turn left and head to Mt Wanungara it is a well signed a 100m detour to the Lookout. The Lookout is approx 50 min walk from Toolona Falls and is a good spot to take a break for lunch. Here you can see views of the Tweed Valley, Murwillimbah, Mt Warning and even Byron Bay and North Stradbroke Island on a clear day. Mt Wanungara is also home to a majestic Antarctic Beech forest.

After that head back to where you first joined the Border Track and continue straight ahead towards O'Reillys. As the track heads off the ridge and down towards o'reilys the tree trunks are covered in moss and creeper plants colouring the whole place green.

Be prepared for a muddy track, particularly in the wetter months. Also be aware that recent rain may raise the creek level and make the creek crossings more interesting.


No Cost. However you can pay for guided walks.

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I loved this walk. My favorite walks are the ones like this, Christmas Creek, West Canungra Circuit, Coomera Circuit, where you get to follow a creek as it makes its way up to its origins, with regular cascades, waterfalls, pools and creek crossings.
We were lucky enough to have scheduled this walk a few days after rain, so the creeks and falls were spectacular. Mist helped give the walk a gothic atmosphere.

oldcoastwalker on 22 Apr, 2016

The walk down to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls is one of my favs

AGerussi on 10 Apr, 2016

Great walk. Some really stunning waterfalls. Did whole lot in 5 hours carrying 16kg pack (Tassie training!). Too wet for a lunchbreak so walked right thru to O'Reilly's. A number of trees over the track made things fun. Lookouts were all whiteouts due to low cloud. Creek crossings can be a bit tricky with one particular crossing difficult to find track on the other side. Recommend long pants and gaiters to keep leeches at bay.

Bushy Bloke on 12 Feb, 2016

Great walk and not too much water at this time of year so crossing were fairly simple, just a few slippy rocks and a little bit of mud to deal with. Finished in four hours including 5 min stop at Toolona lookout. Signage could be better down through the dense forest and the border track gets boring pretty quickly on the return.

Richard on 6 Jul, 2015

Beautiful walk, lots of creek crossings and sections of muddy track near waterfalls so waterproof shoes recommended. Probably prime territory for leeches, although we did not experience any. Antarctic beech forest on border track was a highlight. Comfortable full days walk with a few stops along the way.

Kathryn03 on 21 Jun, 2015

Leeches leeches leeches - First time doing this walk and from all accounts I had seen (Not on this site) it was to be a relatively simple affair and as such was under prepared. Walk took us 7 hours walking at a steady pace with a 20 minute break for lunch. Recommend long pants (due to leeches) and ankle supporting boots. Once out of the creek section the views are spectacular.

Daytime Dan on 3 May, 2015

Very wet walk today out on the tracks negotiating the creek crossings trying to prevent water flowing into my boots, you've got to love gortex :) got almost eaten alive by leeches, this was the worst I've ever experienced. Made it out just on 6pm after slogging it out along the border track in wet soggy socks after slipping in on the last water crossing.

Walkinghawk on 3 Apr, 2015

This was a really picturesque walk. There was a complete white out at Toolona Lookout but we heard the call of bird that hasn't been sited in 3 years so that was exciting! (I have no idea what the bird was, I was walking with a wildlife biologist)
There are a couple of large trees fallen over the path which were a little tricky to crawl over/under due to the dense vegetation but nothing 'difficult'.

Highly recommend! Also, Toolona circuit by itself (plus elabana) took 5 hrs with frequent stops for selfies and bird watching.

Alice on 29 Mar, 2015

Added box circuit to it aswell. Very pretty, well worth while, so many waterfalls.

B_T on Mar, 2014

Did this walk for a bit of fun, really enjoyed all the waterfalls and the scenery along the way. Mt Wanungara lookout was spectacular. Camped at Mt Bithongabel campsite which was beautiful as the clouds rolled up the cliffs in the evening.

Viking on 22 Nov, 2013

Waterfalls are fair flowing!

Allan Allport on 7 Oct, 2013

I have always though of the West Canungra Creek circuit as my favourite walk, but this one is just as good. There was low cloud at the southern end and so no visibility at the lookouts, but walking through it was fantastic. Great photos!

Ian and Sue on 7 Oct, 2013

Very wet and muddy, BUT a fantastic walk. Waterfalls were amazing which also included a heap of creek crossings. A lot of leeches looking for a feed nothing that couldn't be handled.

Stellar on 31 Jul, 2013

Recently re-opened after extensive storm damage. The creeks & cascades are thundering at the moment. Wear gore-tex footwear & warm (woolen) socks as you're gonna get very wet. We passed a group asking how many creek crossings there are - close to a dozen folks, and no, you can't skirt around them, not with this much water. Leeches also out in force, but anyone doing this circuit should be fairly accustomed to these little critters by now.

The time this walk takes will depend how fit you are, but don't begin any later than 10:30am or you'll probably be caught in the dark. Once you have cleared the cascades - there's still at least another 4-5k until you hit the Border Track junction at Wanungra/Bithongabel. Doesn't matter how many times I do this circuit, this ALWAYS catches me out. Bitho back to Green Mountains however is a cinch and can be done in an hour flat if you still have some energy.

iano on 3 Jul, 2013

Still beautiful. Love it.

WorldWalker on Mar, 2012

Had a great day walking this track again, it's one of my favourites especially when you want to introduce people new to the walks in Lamingtion National Park, Green Mountains section.... A great walk that shows of the beauty of the many falls, a view at the top of Mt Wanungra and Bithongabel if it's clear and also takes in the Ancient Antarctic Beech trees

Walkinghawk on Mar, 2012

Track was quite dry (for Lamington). Bithongabel had much less of a lookout than last time I was there (probably close to 10 years ago) - the trees have grown to obscure the view. Still a great track - combination of waterfalls + views.

Richard Mason on 17 Sep, 2011

Superb walk. A pair of King Parrots decided to hang out on my head and shoulders for a while.

Gregory Neverov on 17 Sep, 2011

I did this walk with my 10 year old son and got back to the start by 1pm. Beautiful walk, lots of lovely waterfalls. When we did it we couldn't stop too often as it was absolutely crawling with leeches and they would climb on us quicker than we could get them off. Also, due to the leeches we didn't feel like stripping down and swimming in any of the waterholes. Luckily it was winter and not very hot.

Grumps on 28 Aug, 2010

A good walk, best done in early morning. A few leeches.

Laurence Hallam on 17 Dec, 2009


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