The Binna Burra section of Lamington National park is one of the favourite hiking destinations for people coming from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. However few people explore more than the most basic tracks. One rarely visited track worth hiking is the Gwongoorool pool track.
Gwongoorool pool is a fabulous deep and clear swimming hole fed by a mountain stream. A perfect place for a dip during summer.
There are two track options for visiting Gwongoorool Pool. The first is to take the Gwongoorool track. This 6 km return hike takes you down into the valley from near the visitors centre car park. Returning is of course all up hill but it is not particularly steep and suitable for people with even a moderate level of fitness. The track is well signed so can be hiked without maps.
The second option is the much harder Illinbah circuit. This 16.6 km track is classified to Australian standards as class 5. which means a fair amount of scrambling and rock hopping. While it shouldn't be attempted by inexperienced, unprepared or unfit hikers it has the advantage of returning via the Gwongoorool pool. You will certainly be needing a dip to cool off afterwards.
Don't forget to visit the cafe at the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. The food is always excellent and you can even get a really nice lamington while you are at Lamington.