Starting from Binna Burra Road, Beechmont, this return walk takes you down to the gorgeous swimming hole called Gwongoorool Pool, located along Coomera River. Sitting amidst humongous trees, this picturesque swimhole looks very tempting considering the crystal clear water and the peaceful setting. The water may be cold, but every good thing has a catch. Besides, it’s not much of a catch as the water temperature leads to less visitors, meaning you can make this your private pool if you’re lucky. The eels in the water are generally harmless, but keep in mind that they can bite if agitated. The steep rock steps may not physically push you whilst descending, but you’ll surely feel your calves on the way back. Make sure you have enough juice in you to get back up. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 670 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 530 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 820 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 185 m
Continue onto McLaren Road and drive for another 370 m
Keep right onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 175 m
Continue onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 2.9 km
Turn right onto Beechmont Road, 84 and drive for another 18.5 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Binna Burra Road, 84 and drive for another 8.8 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Binna Burra Road(120 metres north of the Parks and Wildlife Information Centre), head towards the green “Gwongoorool 3 km” sign along the concrete road. Head down the steps as you pass by the said sign to your right. Join the dirt walking track(Illinbah) and pass by the white “National park” signpost to your left. Follow the said track as it meanders down towards the Coomera River to continue along Gwongoorool Pool Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Illinbah Track & Binna Burra Road Start heading along Illinbah Track (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 30 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Illinbah Circuit & Illinbah Track) turn left, to head along Illinbah Track.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Gwongoorool Track & Illinbah Track) continue straight, to head along Gwongoorool Track.
After another 50 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
Continue another 290 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
2 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)