Lamington National Park
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ron d
Caloundra, Australia604 contributions
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Dec 2020
I have visited Binna Burra many times and there are several lovely walking tracks. One of them, the Caves Circuit, I have only done once before, getting on for 40 years ago.

It is only 5 km long but quite up and down so the suggested 1.5 hours is a bit ambitious. We are not very fit and it was blisteringly hot so we took our time and did it in 2.5 hours. It is a nice walk with good views.

It is recommended to do it anticlockwise and this is good advice. Park at the main picnic area and walk 1.5 km down the road to Saddle Trailhead and start the remaining 3.5 km walk from there.

The second walk we did was Daves Creek Circuit. It is 10 km with mostly gentle slopes. The outstanding feature of this walk is the varying vegetation: rain forest, open eucalypt forest, and heath.

I have one criticism of the signage. It is recommended that you do the circuit clockwise. However, unless you know exactly where the circuit section starts and ends, you are forced to do it anticlockwise. If you really want to do it clockwise, after 3 km you will come to an intersection with a large brown tree on your left with a seat nearby. Follow the left branch past the tree rather than going straight ahead as the signage tells you. You won't get lost (I hope!).
Written December 4, 2020
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ROCKY
Queensland, Australia321 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
If you want to see all waterfalls, than u need stay there, bcz tracks are around 5 to 6hrs walk(maybe more than). For short day trip there are great bushwalk, its a magical world cover with amazing greenery around.
U can see CIRCUIT CAVES, its along with the road, around 2hrs return walk.worth to see these.take some water.
Written January 29, 2021
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,272 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Couples
We visited the national park via the Binna Burra location. It is noted that Binna Burra itself is a small commercial enclave with the national park, hence the park visitor’s centre being a km or so further back down the road.

Binna Burra makes for a very pleasant and convenient starting point for walks in the park. We were only here on a day visit so simply did the easy short walk that is the Tallawah circuit. Went mid-morning: a very pleasant rainforest environment - very little wildlife sited other than a red-bellied black: plenty of birds heard but few scene.

Regardless, an excellent way to get some exercise and enjoy nature at its’ best.
Written November 9, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,876 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Friends
We had a couple of wonderful relaxing days in Lamington National Park. We stayed in the Binna Burra area and did a few of their marked trials.
The scenery was quite magnificent and we found the place so unbelievably relaxing. It is great to be out in nature in the fresh mountain air with such stupendous scenery below you.
Lots of birdlife too as well as beautiful tress, shrubs and flowers.
A truly special place.
Written September 27, 2023
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Rosemary W
Hope Island, Australia450 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Friends
To walk in the Lamington National Park rainforest is a deeply moving experience anytime. There are so many walks to choose from and each is special and unique. Many depart from Binna Burra. I Other's depart from O'Reilly's, Springbrook or Mount Tamborine. I have written about some of these other walks on Trip Advisor.
My husband and I completed the 12km walk from Binna Burra to Upper Ballanjui Falls recently, just after heavy rain. Depart from the top of the carpark near the Binna Burra Lodge. You can take the Tullawallul walk for about 1 km or so and it joins up with the Dave's Creek and Ship's Stern Circuit. Follow the signs to Upper Ballanjui Falls. On the way you can take short detours to view the Booboora Falls as well as the Nagarigoon Falls.
There had been plenty of rain the previous week so the falls were pumping and spectacular.
Such a walking experience is nothing short of divine. The rainforest comes alight with watery reflections and strong, dramatic contrasts in light that are a photographer's dream. Richly varied ferns and funghi thrive. A myriad variety of native rainforest trees abound and soar skyward, often with multiple tree ferns attached. The path is padded with decayed soft leaf fall but you do need to know that there are several creek crossings where stepping rocks after rain can be precipitously slippery, not more than a metre or so across rocks. Walking poles are highly recommended. Birdlife early in the morning and in the late afternoon is typically noisy and aggressive: cat birds, whip birds, parrots, just to name a few. All dramatically different in calls.
The walk differs from many others because of its absence of steps. This is important for the knee and hip vulnerable walkers. The inclines are not too sharp either so most reasonably fit, sensible people can enjoy this walk as long as you take precautions and take your time. Don't walk alone, ensure that you carry safety, first aid equipment: insect repellant, antiseptic cream, bandaids and bandages and a phone ( though you can't get reception on all parts of track). In wet weather I suggest a small salt shaker for applying to leaches. They will hate it and drop off you almost immediately. If they are pulled off, they don't leave the natural anti coagulant as they depart and so a little blood will flow. Nothing to worry about. Insect repellant works for helping to repel ticks. Try not to pull them out either. I carry a wart spray ( chemist) that freezes them and kills them before they inject a toxin that can normally irritate for days after if you've pulled the insect out suddenly.
I recommend carrying a litre of water especially in Summer when the temperatures soar and humidity in the middle of the day can be sweltering. In Winter, take a jacket because the forests and valleys can be much colder than the ridge or Coastal Gold Coast city
Wearing ankle high boots is recommended to avoid ankle damage twisting on a rock or tree root. Strong runners are not uncommon: no sandals/ thongs!
There's a cafe at Binna Burra which has coffee and food but it doesn't open till about 10am. This is a truly exhilarating life experience. I highly recommend this walk.
Written March 27, 2015
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Thank you for sharing your experience of the Lamington National Park. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world :) With hundreds of kilometres of walking trails, there is always a new experience awaiting. If you are yet to do the West Canungra Creek Circuit, which is accessible from the O'Reilly's section of Lamington National Park, I would strongly suggest to put that on the bucket list. Enjoy your upcoming adventures in our beautiful park.
Written March 31, 2015
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AmandaGibson2014
Brisbane Region, Australia12 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Couples
In the month of July Lamington National Park has the perfect climate for bush walking and my husband and I walked the Box Forest Circuit Track. From Cunungra, it will take you approximately 1 hour to drive up to the top of the mountain where you can park your car, free of charge, in O'Reilly's car park. You will need to wear a jacket, pants and boots due to the cool climate which is perfect for bush walking because you warm up as you walk. I became sweaty. O'Reilly's has a cafe, a gift shop and toilets. You start your walk by walking the flat Border Track. This has signs along it stating the types of vegetation and bird life. You will see at least three types of birds along the track, maybe more. We saw tiny sparrows, wrens, lyrebirds, bush turkeys and one other type of bird which I don't know the name of. We also saw some wallabies. The path where you turn off onto the Box Forest Circuit is well sign posted. The walk takes 4 hours through lush, green, damp rain forest but the track is well marked. There are some places which are beginning to overgrow and so doing this in winter when there are no snakes is advisable. You will need to take water, snacks and your camera. The track leads around the mountain, down hill and eventually reaches a waterfall. This and the creek are photographic. You will need to be fit because you will need to jump across some rocks to cross the creek and there are also a couple of trees that you will need to climb under. After this, the track winds around the mountain, up hill to a couple of other scenic waterfalls. Eventually you return to the Border Track which leads you back to O'Reilly's. If you are back before 2.30pm the cafe offers a filling lunch with scenic views of the mountains which you can photograph and eat your lunch while viewing. In the afternoon, drive carefully as the wallabies start to come onto the road. This is a perfect opportunity for photographs of the wildlife. It is also a perfect opportunity for scenic photographs as there are places to pull off at the side of the road to take photographs of Cunungra and the surrounding mountains. All is green at this time of the year ! There is much farm land to enjoy and as you drive down the mountain there is even a lama farm that you can stop at and feed the lama. You can also buy toys and clothing in the gift shop made from lama hair. There is also a lookout called the Karmarun lookout with panoramic views. Also fantastic for photography ! From Cunungra it is a one hour drive into Brisbane.
Written July 12, 2014
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Great photos and thanks for the detailed review, which we hope other travelers will enjoy.
Written July 20, 2014
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LeapingLizz
Queensland, Australia400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Behind the Gold Coast lays the Beauty of the Hinterlands ... Today we visited Lamington National Park.
I agree the drive is challenging - we drove early in the morning and stopped briefly in the quaint town of Canungra. As we drove into the national park we saw kangaroos & wallabies, magpies & rosellas. The drive was lovely (but the driver had to stay focused on the roads) - we stopped off at Alpaca Farm for morning tea - the young couple here were welcoming & we enjoyed snacks overlooking gorgeous rolling mountains.
Just after Alpaca Farm, there is a turn off on the left which to takes you to a great Lookout!
Then we headed for O'Reillys .. amazing drive through the rainforest .. once there, we fed the crimson rosella's then did the tree Top Walk - this walk was easy & I would recommend it to everyone. Then we did the Moran Falls Walk, and then the Python Rock Lookout Walk - it is a great day out but I would suggest driving up the mountain between 8-10am
- you can buy lunch at O'Reilly's Cafe or take a picnic lunch (as we did)
Written April 16, 2011
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Thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback on your recent visit to the Gold Coast hinterland. It is wonderful that you had the opportunity to meet a number of the “locals” who reside within the Lamington National Park. We tend to agree that a stop over at Alpaca Farm or Kamarun Lookout is a great way to break up the drive and to also soak up the magnificent views of the surrounding ranges. If you’re a keen bushwalker, I would also recommend the Box Forest Circuit. Or if you are able to enjoy overnight accommodation at O’Reilly’s on your next visit, then I would encourage you to experience the Border Track (which forms part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk). It is a must! Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the near future.
Written June 20, 2011
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Addicted_to_me
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
We completed the walk in early August and the weather was beautiful. Perfect for hiking. We did the Tooloona Creek Circuit. It was about 17.5km and took us about 6 hours. We did it at a normal speed and stopped and took photos of all the water falls and lookouts along the way. We did it in a anti-clockwise direction as thats what was recommended to us, in reality, it wouldn't make a difference except that the more interesting track was first and not last. It wasn't very hard and anyone with normal fitness can do it. The incline was minimal (in fact, we were wanting a more challenging walk), but there were a few parts where we weren't sure if we were on the right path. If it doesn't look right and quite worn in, then its probably not the right path.
We camped at the Green Mountain Campsite. Unfortunately all the camp sites are on hard gravel which wouldn't have been too comfortable if we didn't have an air mattresses. The showers are hot but basic (amazing after a long walk) and the toilets are clean. Campfires are not allowed so in winter it is uncomfortably cold. During the night it got down to around 6 degrees. I wouldn't camp again in winter unless I was desperate.
Overall, I am looking forward to the next time I am in the area to do a few more walks. Its a wonderful and very peaceful place to explore.
Written August 6, 2014
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Thank you for sharing your experience in Lamington National Park. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
Written August 18, 2014
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Tim M
Three Hills, Canada264 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Solo
My destination was O'Reilly's at the top of Lamington Nat. Park, but the ride there was an attraction all its own. Get ready for a thrilling, twisty, switch back ride up the narrow mountain road. So narrow in places that only one vehicle can go at a time. Soak in the natural beauty of the forest & get your camera ready to bring back memories of some rather intriguing trees, root systems and vines. On arrival at O'Reillys, enjoy a mountain top coffee or meal on the outdoor patio. Go for a pleasant hike taking in the 'tree top walkway'. It does move a little, so not for those unsteady on their feet. A very pleasant day trip.
Written February 28, 2014
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Thanks for your feedback - hope to see you again soon
Written July 6, 2014
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Niec
Brisbane, Australia2,714 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Couples
We had driven down from Brisbane via Beaudesert and Canungra. A spontaneous drive and not sure where we would end up. So after having a nice lunch in the Canungra Hotel and as the Lamington National Park Road is right outside the hotel we decided to take a short drive into the Canungra valley and return. However we enjoyed being in the countryside so much we kept going all the way up to O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse which is at the end of the road.
This is a return road and it climbs quite high. Time wise one has to take in to account stopping for views on pull overs as there are quite a few one way areas along the road and switch backs, so this puts the kmph down quite a bit.
Nearing the guesthouse there is a great rainforest that is either side of the road. It is magnificent and the trees tall. Magical driving through, but I wouldn't like to drive this at night and alone.
Also near the top is an Alpaca Farm with a cafe and gift shop.
It was now drizzling rain and wild, windy and cold by the time we arrived here and so it was a quick look around the gift shop and onwards. Would have loved a devonshire tea though and a glimpse of the Alpacas!
Once we arrived at O'Reilly's Guesthouse, we were literally blown down to the cafe, where we had a nice cup of hot coffee. Funily enough, the cloud was only hanging right over the top of the mountain range and just back down the road it was sunny again.
This is a place for special treatment with spas, chalets, bush walks, the Stinson walk and a tree top walk. There are various experiences one could have if coming for a day tour.
In the 30's Bernard O'Reilly had found survivors of the Stinson Plane Crash. This is a well known piece of Australian history and believe me once you see the rainforest and the bush around the area you would appreciate the efforts the local folk and O'Reilly went to to help rescue the survivors
There is a Stinson Walk from O'Reilly's at various times of the year.
The return journey down the mountain range seemed to be far quicker than going up and I just loved seeing all the black boys in the bush as I walked in. Blackboys being Xanthiorrhoea trees and these were used by aboriginals for adhesive and the flower spike made into fishing spears. They only grow approx 1 inch (2 1/2 cm) a year and some may grow for 200>600 years. Very difficult to cultivate and if so, expensive to buy. Some may take over 3 years to die, once planted out.
This is a lovely part of SE Queensland and Canungra is about 35 km (22m) west of the Gold Coast. The village is between Tamborine Mountain and east is Beechmont Range which has Binnaburra Lodge and also further is Springbrook National Park which has walks and waterfalls.
A great drive to unwind from the hustle and bustle of suburban Brisbane.
Written June 19, 2011
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