Direct connection between Binna Burra and O'Reillys. Graded & well used, with very muddy sections after rain. Gentle inclines but many uneven surfaces due to rocks and roots and tree falls. Includes several side-tracks to lookouts (may be no views if the cloud is low).

(Officially graded as Grade 4/Hard, but feels like Grade 3 most of the way.)

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A great rainforest walk, 4 of us teamed up to do this return hike totalling 44km in a day, started 7 am at O'Reilly's carpark, after all night's rain it was wet and muddy track and lots of leeches on first half, few fallen trees other than that, track was easy to hike and navigate. We reached Binna Burra at 1 pm had a lunch and returned back. We walked back arrived back to O'Reilly's at 8 pm, walked 2 hrs on the dark😀.
Please prepare physically and mentally to tackle this track, carry enough food supplies, water, first aid kit, head light, walking stick, water proof wear top to bottom.
I recommend to do this hike if you are preparing for multiday hike/trek. Happy hiking

Mark Aryal on 25 Feb, 2023

Left Binna Burra 6:30am, lunch at OReillys just after midday. Returned to Binna Burra and arrived at 6:26pm... 30 or 40 minutes after dark.
Constant rain, endless mud... lots of leeches. Cold and wet but what an adventure!

RickM on 22 Sep, 2022

Completed this walk from Binna Burra to O'Reilly's using the bus exchange. We royally missed the deadline for afternoon tea, taking 7 hours to complete the walk. It was raining the whole time, with small, constant bogs to navigate, and we arrived at our destination freezing and achy, but proud of ourselves. There were a few mild uphills but mostly flat. Nothing to see at lookouts but cloud this time, but beautiful diversity of plant-life. Would like to do this again in dry weather to see the views. Only 1 leech & no ticks (too cold apparently).

Steph T on 13 Aug, 2022

Great to finally tick this one off. Used the bus shuttle from OReilleys to Binna Burra.

bronwenz on 2 Oct, 2021

Solid but beautiful immersive rainforest hike with a few glimpses out to some exceptional views (the lookouts will add extra kms to your overall). Path was very clear, with clear sign posting, slippery/muddy in some parts due to moisture/rain. Approached the walk from O’Reilys. Passed a few people coming from Binna Burra about half way through. Started walk at 10am due to taking resort bus from Binna Burra to O’Reily’s, would of liked to have started at around 8am so I could of relished certain parts for longer. Overall I probably did the walk in about 5/5.5hrs at a reasonable pace, however taking photos, absorbing certain parts for longer and stopping for lunch had me arriving back into Binna Burra at 4.30pm. Happy I did the walk from O’Reily’s for my first approach as it would of been a constant uphill walk the other way. I will never be able to forget the Antarctic beech trees covered in moss.

Tee on 18 Aug, 2021

heading back to Binna Burra today via Toolona Falls

TrinaAtley on 30 May, 2021

One way and camped walking back tomorrow

TrinaAtley on 29 May, 2021

Completed the walk by walking on two occasions from either Binna Burra and O'Reillys to the middle (Chakoonya lookout) and return.
The purist: this does not count
The pragmatic: did the walk in each direction and did not have the hassle with the car pickup/ overnight backpack

Wanderlust on 3 May, 2021

Stayed at O'Reilly's and got a transfer over to Binna Burra to start the walk. Weather wasn't on our side though - it rained the whole time and cloud obscured every view :( The track was very muddy and slippery and I ended up damaging my knee. I think that because my boots had ankle protection I couldn't flex there so my knee ended up taking the twist if I slipped in the mud. The ligaments took a while to mend and subsequent hikes would see me limping on that leg. I now use hiking poles and lower rise trail runners, and with leg strengthening exercises I now have no problems with it :) Back to the track: enjoyed the lush rainforest and must be a great walk in fine weather when you can see the coastal views. Allow plenty of time, and pack a headtorch just incase - we came back in the dark.

Pendinghiker on 5 Jul, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. We left O'Reilly's at 10am and arrived at Binna Burra at 2.45pm (4.45min to complete). We found it mostly flat, great views along the way and a few nice places to stop for a quick drink. It is long and the last 5km we certainly felt the distance but it is quite achievable.

Moira on 1 Jun, 2019

This was a long day and one I wasn't really prepared for fitness wise. The kids did it easily and I completed it without incident but I was pretty tired at the end of it. We walked Binna Burra to Green Mountains due to our camp being at Green Mountains which is the harder way to do it but a nice walk with lots of great look outs.

Bobbe on Jan, 2019

Can't say I'd recommend this one over the other stunning walks in this area.. it's a bit of a trek for the sake of completing a 21k bush walk. 6 Hours completed taking it easy - about 30m pitstop for lunch.

The few lookouts along this trail are extremely over grown and there's not much to see unless you take a risky detour and add length (mt merino for one was great) - the walk itself is mostly flat but only challenging due to it's length. Bring plenty of water. Track was very dry due to time of year - plenty of spots where I could see water would rise up in wet times.

brenjin on 3 Nov, 2018

Great walk. O’Reilly’s to binna burra on Saturday and back the next day. 6 hours each day. Some track blockages but generally firm. Would do it again anytime

Mitch on 27 May, 2018

We only walked O’Reilleys to Mt Bithongabel/Toolona Lookout along the border track return. 12.5 km and 4.5 hrs.
Antarctic beeches amazing, very gradual ascent along trail, great walk.

Wig on 27 May, 2018

This the fourth time I have done this walk. I can't say that it gets any easier, in fact as I get less capable it becomes harder. I would still find it hard to pass it up next time. For the first time we were privy to the wonderful views from the southern lookouts over Limpinwood, the Tweed Valley and Mt Warning. We started at about 900 metres high, climbed to 1200 over the next 10 kms strolled back down to around 850. The highlight was the amazing stands of Antarctic beeches near Mount Wanungra.

oldcoastwalker on 28 Mar, 2018

Did this in two days -- 1st day, did at night starting around 9:30pm and went to the Bithongabel bush camp. About 7km to the bush camp, took us two hours. Did the rest the next day, the next 15km took about 3.5 hours. Track is pretty easy to do with no real strenuous uphills or obstacles, just long. Some good view points.

No water from Green Mountains for the next 13km or so.

FizzSerpent on 16 Aug, 2017

Probably due to walking in summer we saw quite a few snakes on the track. The overnight stay and dinner at Oriellys was great. A good weekend walk.

Linda on 19 Jan, 2017

My husband and I did the Border track today. Feeling it now 😌 This is the longest walk we have done, but we did it in 5 1/2 hrs. The track was fine, muddy but no damage one water crossing today and rocks so no risk of wet shoes. It isn't to steep but does have a slow considerable climb. Few sections that are close to the edge but I have crazy fear of heights and it wasn't so bad. Track is pretty well signed only issue we had was we went binna burra to Oreilly and they only have rubbish beer at the cafe. Xxxx and that kind of much lol.. Binna Burra has corona. But we thing we got the better walk direction. Photos added 👌🏼 Enjoy

Jodie on 16 Oct, 2016

Severe track damage from 100km/hr winds last week. Numerous huge trees fallen across tracks along the rim, particularly from Wanungara Lookout towards Binna Burra. Ranger classed the damage as 'horrendous'. Due to staff shortages damage will be repaired 'sometime after September' (they used to have 22 staff but now only have 5 for all of Binna Burra and O'Reilley's). If you are looking for a good track, they will be repairing Ships Stern Circuit first.

AH on 8 Aug, 2016

This track was part of the Diabetes Qld #bordertracktrek and was muddy in a lot of places. The days before had rain, and this day was fine. The creeks were also up slightly.

GlasshouseBW on 12 Mar, 2016


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