At 1000m (3280ft) above sea level, the drive alone is a great experience as you sweep around tight twists and turns through dense eucalyptus and ferns to reach this 20,200ha (49915ac) reserve, famous for its flora and fauna. Lamington is home to more than 200 bird varieties and 500 waterfalls.
Lamington National Park sits at the centre of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll among Antarctic Beech in one of the largest cool temperate rainforests in the world.
A World Heritage-listed park, Lamington is home to more than 200 bird varieties and 500 waterfalls.
Admire numerous waterfalls such as the scenic Elabana Falls, as well as rare upland subtropical flora including O’Reilly’s pittosporum, everlasting daisies and the Antarctic beech with its buttressed roots, some of which are around 5000 years old.
Spot an incredible variety of colourful wildlife including the Coxen’s fig-parrot, eastern bristlebird, Albert's lyrebird, the regent bowerbird and Richmond birdwing butterfly.
Choose from more than 160km (100mi)-long network of hiking trails, ranging from 1.2km (0.74mi) to 54km (33mi) in length. These trails wind through rugged mountain scenery past tumbling waterfalls, eucalyptus wilderness, wildflower heaths and rainforest.
Experience rainforest canopy from the 16m (52ft)-high O'Reilly's Treetop Walk or choose from several popular trails that start from O'Reilly’s guesthouse at Green Mountains, including the Box Forest Circuit (11km (6.8mi), four hours return), Toolona Creek Circuit (17.4km (10.8mi), six hours return) and the Albert River Circuit (20.6km (12.8mi), seven hours return).
Caves Circuit – Located in the Binna Burra Section of Lamington National Park, this 5km (3mi) circuit track provides excellent views into the Coomera Valley, the Darlington Range and rhyolite cliff line.
The trail track winds up through open forest and rainforest to emerge on the road opposite the ship's Stern track entrance. After Kweebani Cave the trail passes a large red cedar and other species of rainforest trees.
The circuit trail starts and finishes from the Binna Burra Lodge entrance. Allow about 1.5hrs walking time.
Morans Falls – This 4.6km (2.8mi) trail leads you through lush subtropical rainforest to Morans Falls lookout which provides excellent views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek Gorge.
Layers of ancient volcanic lava flows are also visible.
The walk passes through subtropical rainforest featuring booyongs, figs, brush box, twisted vines and bird’s nest ferns.
From the lookout, enjoy spectacular views of Morans Falls tumbling 80m into Morans Creek gorge. Morans Falls fluctuates between a thunderous roar after rain, to a gentle trickle in the drier months.
Follow the track over a creek to Morans Clearing lookout and take in sweeping vistas over the Albert River valley towards Mount Lindsey and Mount Barney in the distance.
The track starts at the Python Rock and Morans Falls trailhead on Lamington National Park Road, around 5km from the park entrance.
Located in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. Allow about one hour 30 minutes walking time.
Box Forest Circuit – This 10.9km (6.7mi) circuit track leads through impressive stands of smooth, pink-barked brushbox and on to Darragumai Falls, Picnic Rock and picturesque Elabana Falls.
Allow time to appreciate Darragumai Falls or Picnic Rock and stay for a while at pretty Elabana Falls, where clear mountain water cascades from high in the forest, plunging into deep swirling pools, over rocky faces and down the rainforest valley.
You may return by the same way you came or walk the whole circuit to see other picturesque waterfalls such as Bog Log Falls and Yanbacoochie Falls. If you intend walking this entire circuit, walk in a clockwise direction and exit via Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock.
The Box Forest Circuit starts 3.2km (2mi) along the Border Track from the trailhead at the Green Mountains day-use area.
The Green Mountains day-use area is at the end of Lamington National Park Road, 5.7km (3.5mi) from the park entrance. Allow about 4hrs walking time.
Tree Top Walkway – The Booyung Boardwalk, which features excellent interpretive signage, leads you from O’Reilly’s Retreat to the walkway – a series of suspension bridges taking you up 16m (52ft) into the rainforest canopy for a distance of 1.5km (1mi).
Climb ladders to a crows nest platform 30m above ground.
Ships Stern Circuit – This challenging 21km (13mi) circuit offers endless views, cascading waterfalls, mighty ranges and plunging valleys. It is regarded as one of the top walks in the park.
The trail descends along the Lower Bellbird circuit past Koolanbilba and Yangahla lookouts before branching off onto the Ships Stern circuit track.
Pass through a fine stand of piccabeen palm to the floor of Nixon Valley where red cedar and the majestic flooded gum thrive. From here you can take the short Lower Ballunji Falls side track to the bottom of Ballunjui Falls – an additional 1.2km (0.74mi) return.
Enjoy more panorama views from a number of lookouts as the circuit continues through rainforest and open forest. The Upper Ballunjui side track leads to Guraigumai Rock and Upper Ballunjui Falls – an additional 2.6km (1.6mi) return.
Continue past Nagarigoon Falls to the junction with Daves Creek circuit, turn right to head along the Border Track and complete the circuit back to the Saddle trailhead.
For the very energetic, Daves Creek circuit can be added to this walk, making it a total of 23km (14.29mi).
The Ships Stern circuit is in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park. The circuit starts at the Saddle trailhead opposite the road entrance to Binna Burra Lodge. It's recommend to walk the circuit clockwise. Allow about 8hrs walking time.
Location: Binna Burra Rd
Hours: Daily 24hrs; park offices open limited weekday hours
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