Stairway Falls and Yerrahla(Blue Pool)

5 h 30 min to 8 h

13.9 km
return

↑ 978 m
↓ -978 m

Hard track
Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this walk takes you to the Stairway Falls and back, visiting Yerralahla Rock Pool(Blue Pool) and some waterfalls along the way. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers for this one as you’ll pass by multiple swimming holes only to find more at the end. You will have the option to swim above or below the gorgeous waterfall, but the experience will be serene and satisfactory regardless. Enjoy the cool & refreshing waters of Canungra Creek as you savor the lovely scenery around you. If lucky, you can spot some ‘yabbies’(Australian term) here, a species of crayfish known as spiny blue crayfish. Other than that, remember to stop every once in a while to observe what the rainforest has to offer. Keep in mind that you may run into snakes along/near the track, especially in warmer months. Expect to get wet at least to the ankle when preparing, and keep an eye out for eels in the water. The track involves a fair bit of rock hopping. 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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road (-28.2302929,153.1350277)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 490 m
  • Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 670 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 530 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 820 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 185 m
  • Continue onto McLaren Road and drive for another 370 m
  • Keep right onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 175 m
  • Continue onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 1.2 km
  • Turn right onto Clagiraba Road and drive for another 5.7 km
  • Turn left onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 10.7 km
  • Turn left onto Kidston Street and drive for another 36 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
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 left and join the Yerralahla Track to continue along Stairway Falls and Yerrahla(Blue Pool) Track. Stay close to the creek to avoid getting lost.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Border Track & Lamington National Park Road Start heading along Border Track (a walking track).
O'Reilly's Cafe & Gifts (about 60 m back from the start).
Find the National Parks & Wildlife Office at the start.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (10 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 120 m pass a seat (7 m on your right).
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Border Track & Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track) veer left, to head along Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track.
Then head down the very steep (10% ~ 5.7°) incline (about 4.2 km long)
Then pass the waterfall (30 m on your left).
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track & Bullant Spur Track) continue straight, to head along Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track.
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Yerralahla (Blue Pool) Track & West Canungra Creek Circuit) turn sharp left.
After another 325 m continue straight.
After another 1.4 km pass the "Stairway Falls" (20 m on your right).
Continue another 650 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.9 km to get back to the start.
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Stairway Falls and Yerrahla(Blue Pool)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.9 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 8 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 90 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 245 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
90 m[toilet]
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