Booyong Walk (Treetop Walk)

Lamington National Park
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The Tree Top Walk consists of 9 suspension bridges up to 16 metres above ground. Enjoy a bird’s eye view from a deck 30 metres above ground in a fig tree over the walkway.

Lookouts
Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
Camping Permitted
Rainforest
942m
Maximum Elevation
23m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Nerang on the Gold Coast, take the Beaudesert Nerang Road to Canungra and turn left into Lamington National Park Road and follow this very twisty, narrow and time consuming road 30km to the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, where there is ample car parking.

Maps:

Walking Tracks At Lamington National Park

Route/Trail notes:

The Booyong Walk is clearly sign posted opposite the entrance to O’Reilly’s Reception. You start off walking along a slightly raised broadwalk till you come to a T-intersection. Go right to go onto the hanging bridges and for the opportunity to climb up the tree (lader) all the way to the top of the canopy. From there continue along the hanging bridges as this is supposed to be a one way path. From here you should be able to meet up with anyone that didn't want to go on the bridges. From here just head back the same way back towards the retreat.

Alternate Options after Hanging Bridges

Exploring the Mountain Gardens (Botanical Gardens): Through the gates, you can quickly become lost in all the paths that intertwine between each other. Native flowers and occasionally some birds, it's a nice peacful wonder away from the busy (weekend) bird feeding area. These gardens are looked after by a few locals and donations are always welcome.

Return via Boarder track: If you headed towards the Mountain Gardens, you would have noticed a path to the left heading towards the Border Track. Take this and follow to the T junction, where you can then turn left to head back to O'reilly's.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

The best time to see the abundant birdlife is to take this walk early morning or late afternoon.

Camping options within O'reilly's Campground (fees apply).

Comments

Not great if you're afraid of heights.

jgrun14 on 29 Sep, 2021

At 7.30 in the morning you will have the boardwalk and the tree top walk nearly for yourself, even on a public holiday.

Wanderlust on 3 May, 2021

Very pretty. Lot of birds. Physically very easy, psychologically not so much, when you're scared of heights like I am.

Tammy H on 10 Jan, 2021

A great alternative walk back to the trailhead entrance from our Box Forest adventure. The swingy, suspended walkways can be a bit scary for those with a fear of heights. Didn't go up the ladder and the platform as there was quite a bit of a line. I imagine it would be fantastic for sunset views!

RB-98 on 28 Jun, 2020

Did this one just after arriving at O'Reilly's for a few days. Lots of birds in the undergrowth. Whilst you always hear the whipbirds first time we got to see them.

ozsailor on 5 Aug, 2019

I've been exploring up O'Reillys many times before and wanted to take some friends for an introductory Nature adventure. We stopped to watch the sun rise on our drive up. The tree walk was 1st on the list, a bit challenging for a couple to climb up, but they did and they loved it. Then it was necessary to go check out Python rock and Moran falls.

rainbowshlee on 26 Apr, 2019

Nice short little walk, really enjoyable for younger children.
Didn't see so many birds, as it was quite busy when we went, but heard a Green Cat Bird and a few other birds.
The kids enjoyed wandering through the Mountain Garden, worth exploring while you're there. Saw some butterflies and lots of lovely flowers.

Sarah on 30 Dec, 2018

Good walk with the kids. Climbing the ladders up the tree is fun.

Juiced Pixels on 18 Nov, 2018

The kids were brave enough to go to the birds nest viewing platform.

Tim on 22 Oct, 2018

Great walk to take kids on. Climb the ladders if you can.

Lyric on 10 Sep, 2018

For a short and easy walk this is actually a lot fo fun, be sure to go up to the treetop lookout.

Peter Hill on 19 Mar, 2018

Nice short walk with a ladder going up to two tiers in a tree. Watch out for people bouncing on the suspension sections.

The Bush Bandits on 12 Nov, 2017

A nice short walk. Great for birding. Bridge gets a bit slippery in the rain.

rob.bushman on 15 Oct, 2017

Great easy walk through the rainforest. the boardwalk is spectacular. Climbing the tree is amazing, though I was with Mum (early 50s) and she struggled with the tree climb part. Loved the rest though. Go and do it!

Deane Smith on 10 Sep, 2017

An easy walk from O'Reillys. Climbing to the top of the tree is a must.

Troy on Mar, 2017

Very short but fun for kids and the ladder to the lookout is good although when busy can be a bit of a wait.

Ross on 25 Feb, 2015

It might have been 11 years from doing this walk and posting it, but my recollection of the prolific birdlife is still fresh as ever.

F.A.B. on 23 Jun, 2009

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