Lamington National Park is a 206 square kilometre park on the McPherson Range on the Queensland-New South Wales border. The park features beautiful rainforest waterfalls, amazing views and a comprehensive series of clearly marked tracks.
Any interesting history for the region?
What are the standout bushwalking features?
Exit the M1 at Nerang and follow signs to Canungra (signs also indicate Lamington National Park or O'Reilly's). Turn left into Kidston Street and follow this road up the mountain (don't miss the great views along the way!) to the carpark adjacent to the QPWS Information Centre, campground and O'Reilly's Guesthouse.
Note that the road, although sealed, is narrow and winding and has many blind corners. Take care!
Exit the M1 at Nerang and follow signs to Beechmont. Follow the signs from the roundabout at Beechmont to Binna Burra.
A number of SUNMAP 1:25000 topographic maps cover Lamington National Park including Lamington (South-West of the park), Tyalgum (South-East) Hillview (North-West) and Beechmont (North-East).
Hema maps also provides a comprehensive 1:35000 map of the park.
A National Park campground is available in the Green Mountains section. Sites must be pre-booked on weekends and holidays, but you may self-register at other times.
Remote, walk-in camping is allowed at designated sites between February and November. These sites must be pre-booked through the QPWS (see website below).
A private campground is available at Binna Burra
Resort accommodation is available at O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge as well as various other options around the surrounding area.
A lesser used walk starting at O'Reillys and spawning from the Border track.
The Box Forest Track leaves the Picnic Rock track 2.7 km from the entrance and is a most rewarding circuit walk. The track winds down through stands of Brush Box and Piccabeen Palms, to the lush sub-tropical rainforest along Canungra Creek. Pepper Vines cling to tall trees that often support spectacular tree gardens.
Turn right at the next track junction. During wet times, you will have to wade through the water when crossing above Wajinya Falls. The track continues near the top of the falls on the other side. Darragumai Falls and Picnic Rock are considered good lunch spots. Don't miss Box Log and Elabana Falls on the way home.
An off-track walk from the border gate to Bushrangers Caves, which used to be an aboriginal camp. The adventurous can head on up Mt Wagawn to join up with the main Lamington track system.
This circuit branches off ship's stern 3.7 km from the trail head. It passes though a variety of habitat types and some impressive views. You can start from either just south of the information center (500 m) and walk clockwise finishing up at Binna Burra the walking back down the road. You can also return via the Caves Circuit (add an extra 1.6 km). A nice 3 km diversion is to go down to Lower Ballunjul Falls.
Visit a few fantastic lookouts which capture the amazing Lost World Plateau, Moran's Falls and the border ranges including Mt Throakban. Can be combined with Moran's Falls, Lyrebird Lookout or the Wishing Tree walks.
Visit the falls near the O'Reilly's original hut on the plateau and grab some great views of the waterfall and across the gorge towards Castle Crag.
The sealed track to Python Rock has even grades, suitable for older people and those confined to wheelchairs. The booyongs and figs near the West Cliff turn off are impressive as are the large New England Blackbutt as you enter the open forest for the first time. The view from Python Rock overlooks Castle Crag to the Lost World with Mount Throakban on the left and Moran's Falls. You can proceed up the hill from the lookout on a tough track and turn left for West Cliff.
Great, but long and difficult walk from O'Reily's, following a path down to Blue Pool, then a run down path that's hard to find in some sections down to stairway falls. Goes though a lot of great scenery and you should definitely be prepared for your feet to get wet as you need to continually cross the creek to keep on path.