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Lamington National Park

Known as the &dbquo;green behind the gold&dbquo;, the World Heritage-listed national parks of Queensland"s Gold Coast hinterland form a tranquil, cool retreat from the heat of the beaches below - and Lamington National Park is no exception. It protects Australia"s largest tract of sub-tropical rainforest and the area sustains a huge variety of fauna and flora.

There are two main entry points to the park. At Binna Burra, there is a campsite as well as mountain lodges. At O"Reilly"s, there is a guesthouse offering accommodation. Day trippers are made welcome in either spot. At O"Reilly"s the popular treetop walk takes you to the rainforest canopy for a close-up view in Lamington National Park.

Visitors can also see the bronze statue erected to commemorate the rescue of two survivors of a plane crash - a stirring story indeed. Whichever entry point you choose, there are well-marked walks of differing lengths so that all visitors have a chance to explore Lamington National Park.

Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.

Lamington National Park: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Tree Top Walkway


O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops.

The Tree Top Walk, was the first of its kind in Australia, is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above the ground. Profiles depicting the rainforest flora close by have been placed along the walkway to assist visitors in identifying the plants in the immediate vicinity. Two observation decks have been constructed in a Strangler Fig above the walk way, the highest one being 30 metres (approximately 110 feet) above the ground.

The Tree Top Walk is a unique and innovative structure that gives visitors what can only be described as an exhilarating experience - a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range for the first time in their lives.

Free of charge and there is no age or height restrictions for this activity. However, parental guidance of young children during the climbing aspect of the activity is recommended.






Lamington National Park,
Green Mountains Section
Canungra, QLD, 4275

Located 2.4K from Lamington National Park

Mount Bithongabel


Lamington National Park boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. As the Border Track to Mount Bithongabel climbs 240 metres, observe the change from subtropical to temperate forest. Good examples of Antarctic Beech, a cool temperate species, are growing in the area around Mount Bithongabel.

The view from Bithongabel Lookout allows one to trace Bernard O'Reilly's journey when searching for the lost Stinson in 1937, along the McPherson Range to the West as far as Mount Throakban. Continue past some large tree ferns on the left to Toolona Lookout where a view can be obtained of Mount Warning and Murwillumbah.




Green Mountains section, Lamington National Park
Canungra, QLD, 4275

Located 3.6K from Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section


Green Mountains, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views. This section of Lamington National Park is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau. Densely-forested ranges and valleys conceal the area's ancient volcanic origins and dramatic lookouts afford views over the southern edge of the Scenic Rim, a chain of mountains stretching from the Gold Coast hinterland to Mount Mistake.

Get away and be at one with nature as you camp at the park's Green Mountain camping area. Choose from the many half-day or full-day walks that explore the park's best attractions. In the picnic area, take photos of crimson rosellas. On the Python Rock track, listen for the masked mountain frog's popping call. Enjoy excellent views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge on the Morans falls track. Spot leaf-tailed geckos on the West Canungra Creek track. Set out on a full day walk along the Border track or Mount Merino track for outstanding views. Look for the regent bowerbird, rufous scrub-bird and Antarctic beech tree, ancient species that have survived since prehistoric times.




Lamington National Park Road,
via Canungra
Canungra, QLD, 4275

Located 6.1K from Lamington National Park

Wagawn


The Wagawn track is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. This stunning national park boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. Wagawn is reached by following the Border Track out through subtropical and temperate rainforest.

The track winds up Mount Hobwee passing the Araucaria Lookout track on the left, through abundant stands of Helmholtzia lilies and climbs through dense rainforest to a junction where the options are left to Wagawn and right to Mount Hobwee. The Wagawn track descends steadily to the Lookout and its views of Springbrook, the Numinbah Valley and Mount Warning.





Binna Burra section, Lamington National Park
Binna Burra, QLD, 4211

Located 8.4K from Lamington National Park

Coomera circuit


The Coomera circuit is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. This stunning national park covers 20,590 hectares and boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (formerly known as CERRA), which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The scenic Coomera circuit passes through subtropical and warm temperate rainforest and giant brush box forest of Lamington National Park.

The gorge is 160 metres deep. Views from the lookout platform provide dramatic evidence of the power of erosion, which has cut through a thick resistant rhyolite lava flow. The circuit climbs beside Coomera Gorge, crossing the river several times before rejoining the Border Track and returning to Binna Burra.




Lamington National Park,
Binna Burra Section
Binna Burra, QLD, 4211

Located 8.6K from Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Section


The Binna Burra section of the Lamington National Park covers more than 160 kilometres of protected walking trails, conserving Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife such as the spotted-tailed quoll and Albert's lyrebird.

This World Heritage area is one of two sections being Binna Burra and Green Mountains, both of which operate privately owned mountain retreats and associated activities such as Segway, zip line and guided ranger tours through the Gondwana rainforest.

Hike the signed trails, such as the 21.4 kilometre famed Border Track with magnificent lookouts to Bellbird, Turtle Rock, Egg Rock and the Numinbah Valley; or the Caves Circuit over the Coomera Valley with Richmond birdwing butterflies, orchids and king parrots.





via Nerang
Beechmont, QLD, 4211

Located 8.7K from Lamington National Park

Lower Ballanjui Falls


The Lower Ballanjui Falls track is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. This stunning park covers 20,590 hectares and boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The Lower Ballanjui Falls track uses part of the Ships Stern track as far as the bottom of Nixon Creek Valley.

The track descends sharply into the Nixon Creek valley through eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest, with good views from Koolanbilba and Yangahla lookouts. The track winds down through eucalypt forest and reaches the Lower Bellbird circuit junction where there are magnificent stands of flooded gum and a giant red cedar. The track to Lower Ballanjui Falls leads off to the right.




Binna Burra section, Lamington National Park
Binna Burra, QLD, 4211

Located 10.1K from Lamington National Park

Mount Merino


The Mount Merino walk is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. This stunning national park boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. Mt Merino is reached by following the Border Track through subtropical and temperate rainforest, crossing the head waters and tributaries of the Coomera River including Bower Bird Creek. and Dragoon Bird Creek.

Coomera circuit track leads off to the right and shortly afterwards the Mount Hobwee circuit junction on the left. 100 metres further on is Yargabullang Lookout, providing wonderful views towards Mount Warning. The track continues to the an Antarctic Beech covered summit and a spectacular view of the Mount Warning caldera and the McPherson Range.




Binna Burra section, Lamington National Park
Binna Burra, QLD, 4211

Located 11.5K from Lamington National Park

Illinbah circuit


The Illinbah circuit is located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. This stunning national park boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The Illinbah circuit track now crosses the river 12 times before reaching Illinbah.

The Old Cedar Road is sometimes in poor condition and the river crossings are often difficult because the frequent floods change the positions of boulders and track entrances. Usually the track endings on each side of the river are marked with an easily visible red tag on a tree.




Binna Burra section, Lamington National Park
Binna Burra, QLD, 4211

Located 11.5K from Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park: Events

Forest Weekend


Join their visiting experts for an insight into the complex world of the Rainforest. Learn about Lamington's part in the 'Gondwana Rainforests of Australia' World Heritage site and the fascinating features that warrant its inclusion. In the past Forest Weekend guests have joined the likes of Bill McDonald (Queensland Herbarium) to discover the different make-up of trees and leaves within the forest. This years guest speakers combined with legendary O'Reilly's such as Big Pete O'Reilly are sure to provide a insight into the unique flora of the Lamington National Park region. Often combined with the following weeks 'Bird Week' this weekend is suited to all those interested in the flora of the region from novice botanists, students or those that just enjoy being involved and learning about the natural environment.


Event Dates
2016
      12th Nov
      13th Nov


Lamington National Park
Canungra, QLD, 4275

Located 2.5K from Lamington National Park

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