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Published July 17th 2021
Listen to the forest
The Wagawn trail starts in the Lamington National Park, Binna Burra section, near the Binna Burra Tea House. Drive up the steep and winding scenic road with great views of the mountains and idyllic green pastures with cattle.
Binna Burra Tea House is about 900 metres above sea level and the trailhead starts at the information sign.
The hike is about 19 km return, including the walk to the lookouts, allow about 6 hours walking time. The trail is classified grade 4 meaning the track is long, rough, directional signs may be limited, walking experience recommended.
This trail offers the amazing experience to walk in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The rainforest is rich in biodiversity such as frog, reptile, bird and marsupial species. The vegetation is similar to the plants and trees presents on the ancient land called Gondwana. Now only pockets of this unique and precious rainforest are located on the east coast protected in National Parks.
Strangler fig taking over its host. Photo by Author.
This high-altitude hike has amazing views and fascinating volcanic features. Warumblebah Lookout and Garragoolba Lookout offer breathtaking views over Springbrook, the Tweed Valley and Mount Warning. In particular, Mount Warning is what remains of the volcano core and the Lamington National Park is part of the big caldera.
The Wagawn Trail has several fallen logs and branches that you have to contend with. Take care when you have to go under or over obstacles.
There are a few trails branching off the Border Track, such as the Loop Track, Coomera Circuit, Daves Creek Circuit, Ship Stern Circuit and Araucaria Trail. For 900 metres, the Araucaria Trail and Wagawn Trail share the same trail, then the Araucaria Trail branches off in a different direction.
The trail splits to Daves Creek Circuit, remain on the Border Track. Photo by Author.
This trail is ideal to hike in any season. In summer, the canopy of the forest protects you from the sun offering some coolness. In winter, you will most likely have blue skies and perfect views. When cloudy the views disappear in a white mantle and the trail is wrapped in a beautiful mist. Tread softly and listen to the wind and the different birds calling in the forest.
What to bring
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, very recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches; give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them, socks protectors or gaiters.
Consider packing some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 3.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
The Wagawn track is in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.
The address of Binna Burra Tea House is 1069 Binna Burra Rd, Beechmont QLD 4211.
After the hike
After a 19 km hike, look forward to a coffee or refreshments. There are a few great options able to offer different food and dietary requirements food.
Binna Burra Tea House offers a nice atmosphere, a great verandah with views over the mountains and nice food. The Tea House stocks also generic supplies, some grocery items and a range of gifts and souvenirs.
Binna Burra Tea House is open 7 days
Sunday to Thursday: 7:30AM to 7:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 7:30AM TO 8:30PM
The Nook and Kranny Cafe, Pizza & bar offers barista made coffee, freshly made pizzas, scones and muffins made fresh daily, sausage rolls and pies. Gluten-free available
vegan & vegetarian-friendly, licensed bar. The cafe is nestled in a green area and tranquil area with the option to sit inside and in the outdoor area.
Monday: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Nook and Kranny Cafe, Pizza and Bar is at 707 Beechmont Rd, Lower Beechmont QLD 4211.