Araucaria Lookout

Binna Burra

An awesome but seldom visited lookout offering near 360 degree views along the Numinbah Valley.

Araucaria Lookout is named after the hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii, which can be viewed from the lookout. These hoop pine communities are a living representative of the Jurassic Age (the age of the conifers) of about 180 million years ago.

At 18km return it's a long walk but on graded tracks so there are no navigational issues or bush bashing to worry about. There are a few ups and downs to contend with but nothing really steep or nasty. Allow 5-6 hours at a steady pace including time to enjoy the views.

Bird Watching
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Park at the end of Binna Burra Rd, BINNA BURRA QLD.


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Route/Trail notes

The walk is fairly well signed.  See attached GPS for further guidance.



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Once off the border track section, certain parts get narrow with and soft, be careful, there was a lot of big trees down across the track which required backpacks to come off to be able to get through and also a lot of waitawhiles hanging down on to the track

Rock Wallaby on 25 Aug, 2019

A long but moderate walk within Lamington National Park. Some parts can be slippery but generally not too bad. Ends in with a beautiful view both north and south across the tweed valley. Took about 6 hours including stops.

Troy on 20 Sep, 2018

Fantastic walk, especially loved the Orchid Bower. A walk I'll redo again for sure.

petalani on 12 Aug, 2017

If you love panoramic views then this walk is for you. The track was a bit muddy due to the light rain the previous day. The path is a little overgrown in sections and I did see two snakes, definitely wear long pants for this one. Once the track splits from the Border Track the amount of traffic decreases significantly. The Border Track feeds most of the other tracks in the area so the traffic is a lot higher which reduces the chances to see wildlife, because of this it can be a bit of a slog. Despite this, the Orchid Bower and Araucaria lookouts were amazing and well worth the journey.

rob.bushman on 8 Jan, 2017

a few years ago i was told i should have a look at this one and today i did. i was a great walk. i wonder where the name comes from however as ther was zero hoop pines to be seen from the lookout. the track norows and gets a little hairy when you get on the araucaria section. on rhe way oit i passed a good section of antartic beech trees dropping some leaves and was serenaded by at least 6 different liar birds(also from the lookout they were replying to each other). you get a real feel for and view of the ridge lines in the area and an almost 360 degree view to finish. Most of the western view includes the border track ridge to the NW and Mt hobwee to the SW. Also a great perspective of the numinbah valley and across to Springbrook repeater station area. Mt warning was also visible today.

Joshua on 27 Jun, 2016

Good walk,takes about 5 or so hours at a moderate pace.Views to the south from the lookout are very nice. It stated raining just after we began heading back to Binna Burra which made the forest feel very mystical on the drenched(even with a rain coat) return trip.

Bribie 61 on 15 Jul, 2015

This walk has some fantastic views! The last 1.5km to the top gets a little tough but reaching the lookout made it a pretty special event.

Dianne on 29 Jun, 2015

Very nice walk. If you have a full day, then this walk is great.

Philos on Jun, 2014


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