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Running Creek remote bush camp
Follow Running Creek from the foothills, up the narrowing valley to this quiet camp site in thick rainforest.
- Tent camping
- Long walk to tent
- Photo credit: Lightcapturer © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Lightcapturer © Queensland Government
You need to be an experienced off-track walker with the right hiking equipment and top-notch navigational skills to walk to this remote camp site.
Above a tumble of large, water-worn boulders near Running Creek, the camp site is surrounded by thick rainforest, adorned with epiphytes, orchids and vines. The creek swirls and cascades its way downstream, eventually joining the Logan River to the north-west.
For the first few kilometres you’ll cross lush farmland private property flanking Running Creek, before entering the park and climbing steadily into the narrowing valley to the camp site.
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
Running Creek remote bush camp site is in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.
- Map sheet—Lamington 9541-34. Grid reference—062 680.
- The walk to the camp site starts on private property. You'll need to obtain permission from Mr and Mrs Drynan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before your hike.
- From the car park, follow the road through farmland for 4km to the park boundary.
- The route is unmarked and can be difficult to find.
- Follow the creek and climb steadily to the camp site.
- It's about a 5hr walk from Drynan's gate.
Getting to Lamington
- Green Mountains section map
- Binna Burra section map
- Gold Coast and hinterland parks locality map
- View Google map
Lamington National Park is made up of two sections—Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau. The Binna Burra section encompasses the rest of the park to the east.
Getting to Green Mountains section
From Broadbeach, drive 40km to Canungra via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 34 to Beenleigh, route 92 to Tamborine, and route 90 to Canungra. The 36km winding and often narrow bitumen road from Canungra requires care and takes at least 50min. This road is unsuitable for recreational vehicles (RVs) longer than 4m and vehicles towing caravans and camper trailers.
Getting to Binna Burra section
Allow 70min from Broadbeach. Drive 38km to Beechmont via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 69 and follow the signs west to Lamington National Park—Binna Burra section. The final 1.8km of the drive is very narrow and winding.
There are many commercial tour operators that conduct tours to Lamington National Park. See the tourism information links for further details.
There is no public transport to the park and getting taxis and ride share operators to pick up from the park can be difficult.
There are wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities at the day-use area in both the Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of Lamington National Park. Binna Burra section also has wheelchair-accessible picnic tables.
At Green Mountains section there are two wheelchair-accessible walking tracks. The Centenary track is a 900m universal access track, and the first 700m of the Border Track is accessible for wheelchairs with assistance.
Before you visit
Running Creek remote bush camp site (off-track) is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
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.
Camping area features: Running Creek site is a rough bush camp site located near the creek in rainforest. There are no views at this site.
Location: Map sheet: Lamington 9541-34, Grid reference: 062 680.
Access: Remote site off the graded walking track system on an unmarked trail and a 5hr walk from Drynan’s gate. The first 4km of this trail leads through private property before reaching the park boundary.
Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 4 people per night.
Camp sites are suitable for: fit, experienced, self-sufficient hikers.
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 allowed.
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. GPS, EPIRB (or PLB) are highly recommended. 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.
- Storm damage - Lamington National Park partially open 16 December 2020 to 22 January 2021
- Annual seasonal closure period for all Lamington bush camping areas 1 December 2020 to 31 January 2021
- Binna Burra walking tracks partial closure 7 September 2019 to 1 February 2021
- Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk Partially Closed and Caves Circuit Detour 31 August 2020 to 6 August 2021