Lamington National Park Brisbane | Gold Coast

You'll need to hike along the Illinbah circuit to get to the camp site. Photo credit: Nicholas Hill © Queensland Government

Lush rainforest, ancient trees and stunning waterfalls make Lamington National Park an outstanding place to visit! Photo credit: Nicholas Hill © Queensland Government

Illinbah bush camp

Spend the night in the historic Illinbah clearing located in open forest beside the upper reaches of the Coomera River.

Accessible by

  • Walk-in

Camping area facilities

  • Tent camping
  • Long walk to tent
  • Walking

You need to be an experienced walker with the right hiking equipment and basic navigational skills to walk to this remote camp site, which includes crossing the Coomera River several times.

Nestled among towering flooded gums in a valley between the Darlington and Beechmont ranges, this rough camp site is a stone’s throw from the Coomera River on the Illinbah circuit. Strewn with boulders, and sculpted and worn smooth by the water, the river is a haven for wildlife. Sit quietly on the bank and watch colourful dragonflies and timid water dragons. Search the water for fish, tadpoles and eels. At night, fall asleep while being regaled by the calls of frogs along the creek.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

Getting there and getting around

The Illinbah bush camp site is in Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.

For more details on how to get to Lamington National Park and wheelchair accessibility, please see getting there and getting around.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Illinbah bush camp site (on-track) is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the next day. Bush camp sites can only be booked for a maximum of one night per group, per site.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Seasonal closures

The bush camp site is only open from 1 February to 30 November each year.

Features: A rough bush camp site situated in open forest close to the Coomera River. The site is located in a valley and has no views.
Location: Map sheet: Beechmont 9541-42, Grid reference: 166 851.
Access: Site is on the graded walking track system and a 4hr walk from the Gwongoorool track entrance.
Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people per night.
Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.
Camp site surface: Dirt.
Facilities: None. Campers must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.
Open fires: Prohibited—fuel stoves only.
Generators: Not permitted.
Essentials to bring: Fuel stove, drinking water, extra food, rubbish bags, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about before you visit.
Bookings: Advance bookings are essential and must be booked online or learn about our camping booking options.
Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Before commencing your walk check the Coomera River heights. This river is subject to flooding during heavy or prolonged rain events.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Lamington safely and camp with care.