Lower Ballanjui Falls

Lamington National Park
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This track uses part of the Ship's Stern track as far as the bottom of Nixon's Creek Valley. It passes through a small section of rainforest at first before the Bellbird Circuit leaves on the left. The track then descends more sharply into the Nixon's Creek valley through eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest. There are good viewing areas at Koolanbilba and Yangahla Lookouts which allow the walker to see views of Egg Rock, Turtle Rock, the Numinbah Valley and Ship's Stern. Down the track, the outcrop known as Kong Gong Rock is reached with the track passing through a cleft in the rock. The track now winds down through eucalypt forest and reaches the Lower Bellbird Circuit junction. Further down are magnificent stands of flooded gum and a giant red cedar. The track to Lower Ballanjui Falls now leads off to the right and follows the creek up towards the base of the falls. The falls are best seen during the wet season of December to March, but are always very beautiful. This is an area where it is wise to carry leech repellent.

Bird Watching
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Start from the lower carpark at Binna Burra, QLD.


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Route/Trail notes

The walk is well signed follow the signs to Ballanjui Falls via Ships Stern.  For further guidance see attached GPS.



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An interesting and easy track.

Mohsen on 13 Jun, 2021

Hiked this trail when it was raining lightly. The creeks were full of water and so were the falls. Ended up being a very pretty hike in the rain. However, plenty of leaches were around and unfortunately my friend's socks were not high enough and she got bitten multiple times. Very easy to continue on to the Ship Stern's circuit, however, it was a little wet and late in the day for us - we made it to Charraboomba rock turn off and then turned back. Will definitely be back.

Anonymous on 3 Apr, 2021

Our plan was to walk to these falls as well as the Bell Bird Lookout. We didn't see the turnoff to the Bell Bird Lookout, so our walk was quicker than expected. So after making it to the falls we decided to complete the ships stern track. The track up would have been fairly steep and to be honest we didn't feel like it. There wasn't much water going over the falls, but it's still a nice place to have a break. It would be nice to see it when it's flowing freely, but at least there were no leeches.

Ian and Sue on 18 Oct, 2020

First of the hot days for this summer and we came across a 2 meter Red Belly Black snake sunning itself on the path. after a min it slithered off and let us pass.

Rock Wallaby on 4 Sep, 2019

I walked to the base of ballenjui falls , the look outs on the way were really incredible.

mitchell foye on 17 Jul, 2019

Great walk! We started at the information centre (lower car park), walk down the road 400m and you will see the sign for the Lower Bellbird track on the right. Take this track. The track is easy to follow after this - there's a great palm section to walk to the Ballanjui waterfall (again clearly signed). Uphill (but not too strenuous) back to the 'Binna Burra Lodge' and then the final part of the walk is on the road back to the lower car park. Overall a nice walk, there are also a couple of lookouts on the way! :)

The Bush Bandits on 22 Jul, 2018

Nice walk!

Holger on 3 Jun, 2018

Beautiful walk through the rainforest with trickles of water following you through some sections. Not for little children as the path can get very narrow. Would definitely recommend - but start early as there is so much to see and photograph, it will take longer

Tanya on 12 May, 2018

Nice steady walk with Hubby and son today, even spotted a wallaby! On way there are good view lookouts for taking snaps and a cave for photo opportunities! Didn’t see any snakes but wasn’t looking and didn’t want to encounter one either. Beautiful waterfall once u hit the bottom and good spot to stop for a bite before legging it back up to the top! Precautions should be used if small children as there are no guard rails and one slip could be fatal.

Shara on 7 May, 2018

Just completed this along with the Ships Stern. A little muddy and overgrown, absolutely beautiful though, it's been raining for the last few weeks so the falls were huge. Did see a Red Bellied and a Rough-scaled (I think?) Snake on the path which scared the out of me but that's expected, just tapped my stick and they slithered off.

Mattais on 7 Apr, 2018

Did this walk along with the lower Bellbird circuit walk. It adds around 30 mins or so to the lower Bellbird circuit. Its a lovely secluded spot and the falls are beautiful not too much water when i went but after rains this would be amazing. Definitely worth the walk

Ashwin on 14 Oct, 2017

Good walk, gentle gradient so was relatively easy on the joints. Visited all the lookouts on the way down to the falls. Suggest that small or young children be very closely supervised at the lookouts and during some of the walk as no safety barriers are in place and one slip could result in a catastrophe. The falls were well worth the hike and an ideal place to stop for a bite to eat.

Nick&Kathy on 23 Jul, 2017

A spectacular set of falls, hard to describe the sheer scale. There's some great lookouts along the way too. Definitely worth the journey. If you are feeling energetic you might want to consider the Ships Stern circuit.

rob.bushman on 25 Mar, 2017


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