Illinbah bush camp
Spend the night in the historic Illinbah clearing located in open forest beside the upper reaches of the Coomera River.
Camping area facilities
- Tent camping
- Long walk to tent
- Photo credit: Lightcapturer © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Nicholas Hill © Queensland Government
You need to be an experienced off-track walker with the right hiking equipment and good navigational skills to walk to this remote camp site.
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.
- Map sheet—Beechmont 9541-42. Grid reference—166 851.
- The bush camp site is on the Illinbah circuit about 8km from the trailhead at the Binna Burra lower day-use area.
- Allow about 4hr walking time to reach the camp.
For more details on how to get to Lamington National Park and wheelchair accessibility, please see getting there and getting around.
Before you visit
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.
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.
- Planned upgrades and reconstruction works - Lower Bellbird circuit. 5 January to 8 April 2022
- Planned upgrades - Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walks track. 5 January to 1 April 2022
- Annual closure period for all Lamington Bush camping areas. 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022
- If it's flooded, forget it - even on our walking tracks 26 November 2021 to 11 February 2022