Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Lamington National Park
This national park is part of the remnants of the Tweed Volcano that erupted for 3 million years between 23 and 20 million years ago.
What's special?Rugged mountain scenery, tumbling waterfalls, rainforest, wildflower heaths, tall open forests, picturesque creeks, varied wildlife and some of the best bushwalking in Queensland are protected in Lamington National Park.
One of Queensland’s best-loved parks, Lamington is the core of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia World Heritage Area along the Queensland-New South Wales border ranges. The park’s beautiful rainforests include the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and one of the most extensive Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforests in Australia.
Lamington is home to an incredible variety of wildlife including rare and threatened plants and animals such as the Coxen’s fig-parrot, eastern bristlebird, Richmond birdwing butterfly, milk-vine and blotched sarcochilus, a beautiful orchid.
For thousands of years, Aboriginal people lived in and visited these mountains. Early European settlers also valued the area, and fought to make it one of the first parks in Queensland. The O’Reilly family established a guesthouse near the park in 1926 and founding members of the National Parks Association of Queensland built Binna Burra Lodge next to the park in the 1930s.
Exploring LamingtonHave a picnic at Binna Burra or Green Mountains. Picnic tables, toilets, electric barbecues and tap water are provided. See colourful crimson rosellas, king parrots, pademelons and brush-turkeys around the picnic areas. Go birdwatching during the day or spotlighting at night.
The best way to see the park is bushwalking. Choose from many short or full-day walks which take you to the park’s best attractions. Let someone reliable know your bushwalking plans and advise them of your safe return.
Stay overnight at campgrounds or resorts at Binna Burra or Green Mountains. Bookings are essential, especially for public and school holidays.
Both the national park campground at Green Mountains and the private campground at Binna Burra have good facilities including toilets, hot showers and water supply. Take a fuel stove for Green Mountains. Open fires are not allowed.
You can bush camp in the park between February and November. Bush camping is only allowed in specific places. Conditions apply. You must book through the Green Mountains office and pay for your campsite at least three weeks in advance.
Visit the information centres at Binna Burra or Green Mountains to learn more about the park. Read the information displays at the start of the walking tracks to determine the best walk for you.
The Binna Burra Information Centre is open 8am to 3.30pm weekdays and 9am to 3.30pm weekends, public holidays and some school holidays. The Green Mountains Information Centre is open 9am to 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1pm to 3.30pm weekdays and 9am to 3.30pm most weekends.
Private kiosks and public phones are located at Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Fuel is available at Binna Burra Mountain Resort.
WalkingTake drinking water and wet weather gear when walking in Lamington. Allow 15–20 minutes to walk one kilometre. Wear insect repellent.
AccessibilityThe toilets and picnic tables at Binna Burra are wheelchair-accessible. A trail for sight-impaired people is located on private land near Binna Burra Mountain Resort.
Getting thereBinna Burra is near Beechmont, about 110km or 1 hour 40 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, or an hour from the Gold Coast via either Canungra or Nerang.
Green Mountains is about 115km or almost two hours from Brisbane and 70km or 90 minutes from the Gold Coast via Canungra.
The mountain roads are narrow and winding and unsuitable for caravans. Tour buses operate to both places.
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