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Ships Stern circuit is located within Lamington National Park, Binna Burra section. Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, walking tracks, ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit.
The 21-kilometre return Ships Stern circuit commences opposite the road entrance to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. The circuit descends past the Yangahla lookout and through piccabeen palm Archontophoenix cunninghamii to the valley floor. Red cedar Toona ciliatae and the majestic flooded gum Eucalyptus grandis also thrive here. A short side-track can be followed to the bottom of Ballunjui Falls.
The circuit then crosses Nixon Creek and ascends through Hidden Valley past Charraboomba Rock to the top of Ships Stern range and into open eucalypt forest. This is one of the few places within the park where scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa can be seen. The circuit continues through rainforest and open forest, with another side-track providing access to Upper Ballunjui. Continue past Nagarigoon back to Binna Burra. Allow eight-hours to complete this track of a difficult grade.
The Ships Stern circuit track 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.