Daves Creek Circuit

Lamington National Park
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Starting near the Teahouse at the top car park at Binna Burra, the Dave's Creek Circuit track starts some two kilometres along 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 - Molongolee Cave - detour right at the sign. On the way back don't miss "Surprise Rock".
There are no steep ascents or descents, a reasonably gentle, undulating track.

No Public Transport
No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

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.

Other References



This is about the 5th time I have done this walk. My favourite because of the variety. Lots of great wildflowers out at the moment and the vies into Numinbah Valley are awesome. Completed in 4 hours.

Foxy on 16 Sep, 2020

Lovely walk, not difficult. Although signposted there was one place just before the lookout 4.8km in we weren't sure of the path GPS showed edge of cliff to left so we took that way and it was the right choice. Lookout was about 100m or so past the 6km mark.

Later bought the bushwalking book from the lodge and found out where weren't sure of the direction was a lookout. So we were not at any risk of being lost. Binna Burra has great signage

RosieG on 22 Jun, 2019

This is a great part of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Rob E on 4 Jun, 2019

Great walk, bit muddy in sections after a bit of rain. Found Surprise Rock but did not see sign. Saw 3 snakes which was very exciting. Loved this walk 💕

Cath on 25 Apr, 2019

Completed this walk with my husband and two kids (7 and 9 year olds). It took us around 4.5 hours all up, taking it at a very leisurely pace and many pit stops along the way. The kids struggled a bit towards the end, and needed a lot of encouragement and peptalks along the last 2-3km, but we made it!
Track was quite muddy with all the recent rain, particularly along the section of Border Track that you have to walk until it branches off. The path along the clay cliffs were quite slippery and wet in spots too, although fortunately we all managed to stay upright (and by "we" I mean me, as I'm the most likely out of the 4 of us to land on my butt... speaking from experience!).
The variety in vegetation along Daves Creek Circuit is amazing and was definitely a highlight. There was also a huge variety of fungi, many different colours and shapes and sizes.
We saw a couple of little pademelons bouncing through the forest, and spotted a number of little birds flitting about, and heard many more. No snake sightings for us today, although there are plenty of snake friendly hiding spots along the way, especially when you reach the scrubby bushland along the cliffs. Maybe we just weren't looking hard enough. Other than that, my husband picked up a leech along the way, although we didn't notice until afterwards when he had blood running down his leg.
All in all, I thought this walk was fantastic and would definitely do it again (not sure the kids will jump at the chance to go again, they found it slightly too long).

Sarah on 25 Apr, 2019

Very enjoyable walk - 4 hours is spot on when taking it easy. Lookout is small but we were lucky to have it to ourselves for lunch.

Ross on 25 Apr, 2019

Loved this walk, great easy length and lots of variety with some stunning views

Bobbe on 14 Apr, 2019

I love Dave's Creek Circuit. It's my favourite medium length walk at Binna Burra. Lots of variety in vegetation and terrain. A well graded and enjoyable walk with some excellent views from the Gold Coast to northern NSW. Recent rain meant that there was a lot of different and colourful fungi around. Usually, I manage to see a snake on this walk, but yesterday the only reptile I saw was a land mullet - still interesting though

Samantha on 22 Mar, 2019

Really enjoyed this walk. Lots of different vegetation. Beautiful views around the escarpment. Saw sundews and yellow tailed cockatoos.

Rochelle on 2 Jun, 2018

Walked today. 3h45m at a relaxed pace. Great views and a few spring crossings for water if you run out. Temp was coolish, and drizzle set in around 1pm, and temp dropped further. If the longer Ships Stern walk (19km) seems too much this features many similar changes in flora and similar views over Numinbah Valley.

BruceG on 28 May, 2018

Very nice walk through different types of vegetation.
Beautiful views.
Worth the effort.

Holger on 12 May, 2018

Such a beautiful walk through rainforest, and then it opens up with some rugged rock faces. The change in the scenery is immediate which I always find amazing. We walked this at a good steady pace and stopped for lunch & a rest at one of the views, it took us 3 1/2 hours to complete. What a stunningly beautiful day for a walk.

Roxy on 21 Apr, 2018

Nice walk. Great views over the Numinbah Valley.

ian parker on 8 Apr, 2018

This is the most beautiful walk. There are spectacular, drastic changes of scenery and incredible open views. Pretty easy, not too hilly. Saw a python, some pademelons, and a couple of crays. If you can, hop up on Surprise Rock for an incredible 360 degree view.

mjorn_ on Mar, 2018

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

Variety of fauna and terrain. Saw my first land mullet - frighted the daylights out of me initially thinking it was some type of snake. The little cave halfway is a surprising find. Good views.

kodama on 2018

The walk takes you through various landscapes which was brilliant. When u first emerge out into the open valley , the view is great . Make sure to coowee as it repeats through the valley.

Deano on 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


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