On busy days the most popular tracks at Lamington National Park can feel like central station.However there are plenty of other great tracks where few people tread and Ballanjiu Falls is one of those hikes. Lying off a side track of Lower Bellbird Circuit, it is one the best waterfalls in the Binna Burra section of Lamington.
This circuit starts just below the Visitors Information Centre car park. If you are unsure just ask the helpful staff at the information centre. You descend down the side of the cliff. Like every track in Lamington the descent is not particularly steep, but you will feel it coming back later.
As you descend you pass through a variety of different forest, including rainforest, gum trees and stands of tall beautiful palm trees. Above you are orange and red cliffs and every now and then the trail clear to give you wonderful views to the coast.
You will see the turn off for the Ballanjiu falls near where the Lower Bellbird Circuit starts to loop back. Ballanjiu is a lovely long falls that ends in a small pool and is a nice spot to stop for lunch. Return up the track to get back on the circuit to return back to the carpark.
For really keen hikers you can instead choose to continue on along the 21 km Ships Stern Circuit which will also take you to the top of Ballenjiu falls. On the day we went we chose instead to return back up to the car park and then to Binna Burra Lodge cafe for coffee, cakes and, of course, lamingtons.
This is a very lovely hike on a track that is not frequently visited. In fact on the day we went we didn't encounter any other hikers. It is rare to have Lamington National Park to yourself.