The World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is renowned as Australia's largest subtropical rainforest. Daves Creek Circuit nestled within the Binna Burra section is home to lush and ancient vegetation, created by ideal warm and wet conditions.
Lace your boots for a full day of hiking starting at the Border Track for two kilometres. Spot ancient angiosperms such as coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum) and patches of piccabeen palms on-route to Nixon Creek Valley and Daves Creek. Wet sclerophyll forests later emerge with giant New England blackbutt (Eucalyptus campanulata) near the Ship's Stern junction.
Follow the signed markers to the circuit's most eastern point at Numinbah lookout with views of Springbrook, Mt Hobwee, Araucaria lookout and the Numinbah Valley - dotted in colourful wildflowers during spring.
Relax by the permanent water supply at Picnic Creek with a pre-packed lunch and complete the circuit with a scramble over a volcanic dyke made of un-erosive trachyte at Surprise Rock.
To see a fascinating variety of forest and heath, branch off the Border Track 2.3 kilometre from the trailhead and descend through the head of Kurraragin Valley out into Daves Creek country. The circuit passes through several distinctive vegetation types: warm and cool subtropical rainforest along the Border Track; warm temperate rainforest, containing many examples of ancient angiosperms such as coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum, in Nixon Creek's headwaters; and wet sclerophyll forest with giant New England ash Eucalyptus campanulata, around the track intersection to the Ships Stern circuit.
Please Note: The Daves Creek Circuit is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.
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