West Canungra Creek Circuit

Lamington National Park
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The circuit descends to 'Yerralahla' (blue pool) passing by some large rainforest trees including red cedar Toona ciliata, and then follows the creek for most of its length, crossing it several times. Eels inhabit the West Canungra Creek. They bite when threatened and injuries have occurred. Creek crossings may be difficult to navigate and the circuit might not be obvious in places. Take particular care at creek crossings, especially after rain. Check track conditions with a ranger before you leave. The circuit exits via the Box Forest circuit.

No Waterfalls
Swimming
No Dogs Permitted
Rainforest

Comments

Planned this as a part night hike. Hardest part was that the AllTrails map failed right where it seems there is a new path bypassing an old section of path after Yerralahla (massive tree trunk with big drop to the other side -- if you find it, go back and take the switchback!) and we lost the last of the light. Even with head torches and two maps it was pretty stressful for about 15 minutes there. As others have said it can be difficult to locate the trail on the other side of the crossings but funnily after the first night crossing the others were easy as the orange triangles are reflective! GPS struggled to find me but the trail is pretty clear most of the way, so even when I looked to be well off the trail (I wasn't) it was clear enough which way we had to go. Coming back to do this one in the daytime, we ended up missing the beauty of the later falls, even though it was a fun adventure. Also LOTS of gympie gympie so please don't touch any plants with big heart shaped leaves, you will regret it.

sarasvati on 26 Jun, 2021

Be careful if it had been raining - the creek crossings can be a bit precarious, and as per other comments, some of the markers identifying the path location at creek crossings can be hard to locate. Better signage would help, particlaulry between blue pools and the Box circuit - we had to double back on a few occasions due to the path being hard to locate in certain sections.

mistermeggs on 2 May, 2021

Accidentally did this one instead of Box Forrest Circuit, make sure you have a map on you! But glad I did take the creek circuit. Yerralahla (blue pool) was great for a quick but chilly dip. Since we've had lots of rain this year, the creeks were overflowing with water and made the crossings a little treacherous - had to take shoes off to cross some. The track is much easier in drier season (e.g. winter). Challenging but rewarding hike though in wet season.

Anonymous on 6 Mar, 2021

Amazing hike with lots of creek crossings. Some section's aren't quite clear where the path is at creek crossings. Great swimming holes along the track.

Rach on 27 Feb, 2021

Accidentally ended on this trail after turning left on the border track at O’Reillys instead of right to Box Forest Circuit. Was a lovely hike, not overly challenging but took us around 4hrs to complete back to Green Mountains day use area with a few short breaks throughout. Plenty of lovely photo spots! Great walk

wheres_wally on 6 Dec, 2020

Beautiful walk, if you’re up for a challenge complete it anti clockwise for a steeper walk back. It can be punishing so clockwise is just as good with not so much pain

Peter on 1 Nov, 2020

We set out at around 10am and did this clockwise. Lovely easy walk down to the rock pool at the 5km mark. Stopped for a rest, food and some more photos and continued on. There is plenty of water flowing at the moment. From this point on there is some rock hopping, a couple creek crossings (nothing to bad but be careful on the slippery rocks) we did need to take our boots of at one point to avoid walking with totally saturated socks and fyi - trekking poles were a god send. There was one creek crossing that you will stop and wonder where the track is as its not easily seen.. look for the orange markers on the trees there is one in front of you a little hidden and then one across the other side to your right and that will lead the way Its mostly uphill as well from here with lots of switchbacks. This was my first walk in Lamington and we accidently took this circuit instead of the Toolona (wrong turn at the start oops) I would suggest if doing this one to do it anti clockwise as the last few kilometres seemed quite steep and maybe easier to walk down than up in my opinion. We got back to Oreillys around 5pm, we stopped quite a lot for photos and to just look at things. I will be back but next time will explore other trails, there are so many to chose from. No leeches but we did end up with a couple ticks so keep applying repellant and check yourself when you can.

Janelle on 12 Sep, 2020

I wouldn't say it's a hard walk, probably medium would be a better description, no technical sections just trails and a few creek crossings which are probably the most difficult part. Amazing scenery and waterfalls, and the Blue Pool is amazing. The trails are easy to follow and there is plenty of signage. You can also grab a map from the information centre there which will make things even easier. Be careful where you walk though because I think i saw some Gympie Gympie plants close to the track and would hate to see anyone get stung by one of those.

Nittus on 30 Aug, 2020

A lovely picturesque walk. Took 4hr 45 min at a moderate walk with a few 5-10 min breaks. My garmin states its about 17km.

AJ on 11 Aug, 2020

Only walked down to the pools and then went back the same route up. I wouldn't recommend going counter clockwise as most people go one way and the paths are quite narrow. Crystal clear water, wish I did the rest.

Maverick on 6 Jun, 2020

Beautiful walk with a lot to see. Did this walk counterclockwise. Would classify as a medium level hike. Would do again!

Kayla on 30 May, 2020

Beautiful walk descending from O'Reillys into the valley and then back up again. A mixture of tropical rainforest with the odd section of eucalypt forest thrown in. Took my 5hrs 15mins which includes about 60 mins for breaks and photographs.

Andy Seward on 24 May, 2020

Do this walk a few times a week lovely stroll nice views.

Adalynn on 14 May, 2020

What a place! Family walk with the youngest 7.5 years old. No problems! Had to ascend in one hour to beat the dark which was a bit tough but we did it!

Linus Nyqvist on 13 Apr, 2020

A challenging track that is not well-marked (particularly at the creek crossings). The autumn leaves covering some of the tracks were quite slippery. Stunning scenery. Saw the aforementioned eels but did not go swimming with them ;) Also encountered lots of black skinks. Didn't see any snakes.

BalticAussie on 5 Apr, 2020

If you want to take photos along the trail early morning/ day will provide the best light

Itonist584 on Dec, 2019

walked the circuit in a clockwise direction. Took four hours with photo stops and dealing with a couple of Red Belly Black Snakes on the ascent. Great walk.

Mer on 26 Nov, 2019

Walked with my husband in anticlockwise direction. Tiring 5km ascent from Blue Pools.

Mer on 21 Nov, 2019

A bit dry at the moment but still a beautiful walk. Started at lunch which was a bit silly because didn’t get to do it as slowly as would have liked.

We didn’t do the loop. We went down to the creek and back up the same way which was very steep and challenged us and we are fairly fit.

The creek was beautiful. We saw a large eel, about 1 metre. The only other thing I can think of mentioning is being wary of stinging nettles near wet areas. My wife got a nasty surprise after brushing up against a clump

BRADDEN BARLOW on 22 Oct, 2019

A gorgeous and enjoyable hike! The first part was pretty dry today, but really lovely once we reached the creek. Took us about 4.5hrs, with about 30min for breaks, walking clockwise was great for viewing all the waterfalls.

noniej on 5 Oct, 2019

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