Ships Stern Circuit Address: 1069 Binna Burra Road Beechmont, Queensland 4211, Australia
Location: Opposite the Road Entrance to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge (1069 Binna Burra Road
Beechmont, Queensland 4211, Australia)
This Intermediate/Advanced walk through The Lamington National Park is a 21kms return walk that takes about 8 hours.
Combines rainforest, palm groves and open eucalypt forest, wildflower vegetation and excellent lookouts over the Numinbah Valley. A short side trip takes in the Lower Ballanjui Falls. The Ship’s Stern Walk is one of the most magnificent walks in the Park. It is particularly excellent in winter and spring, especially the latter when wildflowers are often abundant.
This is not a difficult walk but is quite long. The walk starts with a descent through rainforest into the valley before climbing up through open forest to the viewpoint at Ships Stern. The rest of the track is fairly level with only slight gradients. After the Kooloonbano Lookout the track splits with the left hand fork taking the cliff edge and the right hand fork has views looking back towards Binna Burra. The forks are about equal in length.
What people have said:
‘This one is long but definitely worth it. The views of Binna Burra and Numinbah Valley were truly spectacular. Some wildlife to see as well.
I went around anti-clockwise, based off the elevation profile this seems to be better. Roughly 50% long gradual descend, 30% flat and 20% moderate ascend. If you do this clockwise you’re going to have 50% long gradual ascend at the end :-/
I did all the side tracks which makes the total distance 26km. Ballanjui Cascades is worth a look but if you are time restricted I would skip Booboora Falls and Guraigumai Rock. If you are feeling energetic check out Charraboomba Rock, don’t feel guilty if you skip this one though, once you reach Ships Stern you’ll get plenty of amazing views. I’d definitely recommend Lower Ballanjui Falls. Probably the largest waterfall I’ve seen, the sheer scale is remarkable.’