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Albert River Circuit

5h 30 min, 8h to 2 days

20.3km
circuit

↑ 1071 m
↓ -1071 m

Moderate track
Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this circuit walk takes you deep into the lush rainforests of Lamington park, navigating partly along Albert River and visiting multiple waterfalls and lookouts. Expect to be amazed by the stunning view of the waterfalls and the interchanging vegetation throughout the track. Although the track is roughly 20 kilometres long, it may not feel like it as the tracks are gentle and undulating. When you’re near water, keep an eye out for the native Lamington crayfish, also known as the blue spiny crayfish due to its vibrant blue coloured shell. Other wildlife you can run into in the area are king parrots and dingoes. You’ll be going through some ancient Antarctic Beech trees along with other interesting rainforest plant species. The Echo Point camp site midway is meters away from the same-titled lookout, where you can get exceptional panoramic views to the south. During the day, you’ll be able to see many mountains and hills including Mount Warning, whereas the night offers you an exceptional opportunity for stargazing. Decent(preferably waterproof) hiking boots and gaiters are recommended against the muddy and leechy conditions. Keep an eye out for snakes. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.

Getting There
Trackhead At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road (-28.2302929,153.1350277)
Mode Car
DirectionsF

Track Notes

Getting started
From Lamington National Park Road(in front of the Information Centre), head along the paved track gently downhill towards the said Information Centre, moving directly away from the road. Turn right before heading into the building and follow the paved track(Border Track) as it leads you into the woodland, keeping the road to your right. After about 375 metres, veer/keep right and stay on the Border Track. 1.8km into the trip(from the start), veer right at the fork and stay on the Border Track again. At the 4.85km waypoint(from start), turn sharp right at the 3-way intersection to continue along Albert River Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road Start heading along Border Track (a walking track).
There is a "O'Reilly's Cafe & Gifts" restaurant (about 60m back from the start).
After 80m pass the "National Parks & Wildlife Office" sign (15m on your left).
After another 70m pass the toilet (10m on your left).
After another 35m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 120m pass a seat (7m on your right).
Continue straight
After another 135m (at the intersection of Border Track & Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 400m pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
At the intersection of Border Track Connection & Border Track continue straight, to head along Border Track.
Continue straight
After another 1km (at the intersection of Border Track & Box Forest Circuit / to Toolona Creek Circuit) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
Continue straight
After another 700m (at the intersection of Border Track & Forestry Department Cairn Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
Turn sharp right
After another 2.3km (at the intersection of Albert River Circuit & Border Track) turn sharp right, to head along Albert River Circuit.
After another 5km cross the ford.
After another 40m pass the "Lightning Falls" waterfall (50m on your right).
After another 220m pass the "Thunder Falls" waterfall (30m on your right).
An optional little side trip taking you to Echo Falls. Details below.
Continue straight
Continue straight, to head along Albert River Circuit.
After another 105m cross the ford.
After another 210m pass the "Gurrgunngulli Falls" waterfall (15m on your right).
After another 30m continue straight, to head along Albert River Circuit.
After another 40m pass the "Mirror Falls" waterfall (15m on your right).
After another 345m cross the ford.
After another 50m pass the "Joolbahla Falls" waterfall (6m on your left).
Then cross the ford.
After another 125m cross the ford.
After another 8m pass the "Gwahlahla Falls" waterfall (6m on your right).
After another 175m cross the ford.
After another 9m pass the waterfall (25m on your left).
After another 1.1km find the "Echo Point bush camp" campsite (8m on your right).
Echo Point bush camp
Metres away from the Echo Point Lookout. Advance booking needed.
Echo Point bush camp
Metres away from the Echo Point Lookout. Advance booking needed.
Continue straight, to head along Albert River Circuit.
After another 200m come to the "Echo Point Lookout" viewpoint (25m on your right).
Turn left
Turn left, to head along Albert River Circuit.
After another 490m come to the "Cominan Lookout" viewpoint (on your right).
Turn left
After another 2.6km (at the intersection of Border Track & Albert River Circuit) turn left, to head along Border Track.
Veer right
After another 40m (at the intersection of Border Track & Albert River Circuit) veer right, to head along Border Track.
After another 2.3km (at the intersection of Border Track & Forestry Department Cairn Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 700m (at the intersection of Box Forest Circuit / to Toolona Creek Circuit & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
Continue straight
After another 1km (at the intersection of Border Track & Border Track Connection) continue straight, to head along Border Track.
After another 390m (at the intersection of Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track & Border Track) continue straight, to head along Border Track.

An optional little side trip taking you to Echo Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Heading along Albert River Circuit.
After 20m pass the "Thunder Falls" waterfall (25m on your right).
After another 15m come to "Echo Falls" waterfall
The end
The end.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 20.3km
Time 5h 30 min, 8h to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite There is one 12.2km from the start.

Toilet There is one 90m from the start.

Seat There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.8km apart with the largest gap of 19.5km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
90m
Campsite
12.2km "Echo Point bush camp" campsite

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