West Canungra Creek Circuit

Lamington National Park

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 Dogs Permitted
Total Climb


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

This is one of my favourite half day walks and it was a perfect day for it. Nearly three years since I last walked it and I was surprised by the number of trees that have come down since my last visit. Recommend doing the full circuit in a clockwise direction. Approximately 5kms down to the rock pools and approximately 9kms back up following the creek. This way you will be walking up towards the multiple waterfalls along the way, culminating in the beautiful Elabana Falls just below the picnic rock. The track crosses the creek multiple times, and in places climbs quite high up beside it affording stunning views down on the creek through the bearded trees.

I like to start walking at first light and it took me 5hrs all up including a number of stops along the way to photograph waterfalls. Back at O'Reillys in time for lunch on the deck with the amazing views across to Mt Lindsay and Mt Barney.

Dean on 18 May, 2019

This trail has been reopened as of 3 days ago, however will be closed again tomorrow to resurface. You will still be able to access it via the box circuit, but won't be able to complete the whole loop because of resurfacing. It was a very nice walk. Nice waterfalls and pools. Steep decent. Would recommend the loop vs going straight to the pools and back

Lobster on 12 Jan, 2019

Such an amazing and picturesque walk especially after the heavy rainfall. Clear path but still easy to get off track at some points. A few places to take a nice dip as well!

jjoha on 25 Mar, 2017

This and the companion walk Toolona Circuit are my favourites in Green Mountains. Went with GC Midweek Walking and everyone enjoyed it. Recent rain made the waterfalls spectacular, the creek crossings difficult and the leeches abundant.

oldcoastwalker on 22 Sep, 2016

Great photographers hike with so much to see along the way! I did it in reverse because my friend was keen to see Elabana Falls and Box Log falls early in the morning with no people!

CamronDixon on 10 Aug, 2016

Quite possibly the most beautiful walk I have ever done.

Mopoke on 11 Jul, 2016

A must-do walk. Waterfalls and cascades galore walking through beautiful rainforest, couldnt ask for much more.

dalehikes on 10 May, 2016

Started at top of mountain (picnic area). Creek crossing took longer than expected with pretty high water. Saw a beautiful Python underneath a bolder. Bush bashing in the dark on the way up from Platypus pool after scrambling up the gorge. Turned up to be a long day (~10hrs)

agms on 13 Feb, 2016

Awesome hike just after a week of rain. Rainforest was very lush and saw many colourful birds, a large shiny lizard and a small snake along the trail. Lots of nice places to stop and admire the view. Loved the sound of the rushing waters along the creek. Found a nice little waterfall to stop and take a refreshing dip. Had the water hole all to myself. Good hiking experience recommended as the creek crossings were very slippery and on occasions the track is not very visible. Several large fallen trees blocking the trail also. Actually heard a large tree fall somewhere in the forest nearby as I was hiking along. Have been waiting many years for this hike to be reopened after it experienced storm damage, so was awesome to finally experience it.

Pricey on 7 Nov, 2015

We accidentally did this walk as we accidentally took the wrong at the start instead of the Box Forest Circuit. Found it difficult with the wet ground from previous storms. We are training for a trek so had full backpacks which made climbing under fallen trees challenging. Would recommend experienced walkers tackle this track and ensure you have plenty of water and food. Take regular stops, particularly on the way up through the Box Forest Circuit.

totally_dramatic1 on 7 Nov, 2015

This was a really beautiful hike! The grade is fairly easy for the most part, but the occasional creek crossing and very narrow track alongside a steep gully make the walk challenging.
Ten of us left the cafe just after 10am in a clockwise direction, first heading downhill. The weather was beautiful and we felt the sunshine through the trees. We stopped for lunch at a waterfall just over half way. I went for a dip and the water was numbingly cold but beautiful. Finished the hike in nick of time as clouds came over and it started to rain. Total time was just over four hours.

Macduff89 on 16 May, 2015

Really lovely walk. Did this after heavy rain which made crossing the creeks more fun although there was an awful lot of white water - great deal of care was taken. When in doubt, follow the orange arrows nailed to trees. Hectic amount of waterfalls and a lot of wild life including spiny crays, red bellied black snakes and we saw our first wild quoll!!
Really fun day walk. We took 5 hours for the full circuit plus the small deviations to nearby waterfalls (a lot are not marked on maps).

Alice on 3 May, 2015

Good walk. Going uphill at the end is a bit of work if you combine with Box Forest walk.

bronwenz on 3 Nov, 2012


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