Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation Project

Following a competitive expression of interest (EoI) process, the Queensland Government, through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), called for applications from suitably qualified individuals and businesses with an interest in revitalising and taking over the ongoing management of the existing Green Mountains Camping Area, within Lamington National Park.

At the conclusion of the competitive EoI process, ecotourism operators O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat were invited to submit a detailed proposal for the site. Following a rigorous assessment process, the Detailed Proposal of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was approved by the department.

The revitalisation project is now complete with the O’Reilly’s Campground opening on 18 September 2020 and offering the following ecotourism facilities:

  • powered and unpowered tent sites and campervan sites
  • safari tents with shared ensuite pods
  • a communal camp kitchen (including cooking facilities)
  • a communal fire pit/gathering area
  • a new amenities block, and
  • a new multi-purpose community education facility.

The site is available for members of the public to continue to camp independently (unpowered tent camping), or to experience camping amongst nature at any of the new eco-accommodation options available.

Find out more about O’Reilly’s Campground, including how to book.

This partnership not only offsets existing costs of management for the QPWS but also contributes to conservation and management of the national park through direct financial contribution and other initiatives supporting the conservation of Lamington National Park.

The Green Mountains Day Use Area, including the car park, toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities continues to be operated by the QPWS and is open and free-of-charge for day visitors.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation project, please refer to the frequently asked questions below or email ecofacilities@des.qld.gov.au.

Frequently asked questions

    I am planning to do the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Can I still camp at the O’Reilly’s Campground?

    Unpowered tent camping sites are available for people to enjoy, including those completing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Bookings to camp at the site can be made through O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

    Can I still camp independently (unpowered tent camping)?

    Unpowered tent camping sites are available to visitors. The site is now complemented with a new amenities block, a new camp kitchen, safari tents, and a multi-purpose community education facility.

    How do I book my camp site?

    Visitors can book to stay at O’Reilly’s Campground through O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

    What does it cost to stay at O’Reilly’s Campground now the site has been revitalised?

    Pricing for O’Reilly’s Campground is set by O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, who continue to provide low-cost camping options such as unpowered tent camping sites, in addition to eco-accommodation options that provide guests with a higher level of service, such as powered and unpowered campervan sites, and safari tents.

    Can I bring my dog or pet camping with me?

    No, even though the O’Reilly’s Campground is now managed by O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, the camping area is still within a national park and domestic animals are not permitted. National parks provide a much-needed refuge for native animals. While dogs, and other pets, may be our best friends, they’re not always friendly to our native animals. For further information on camping with your dog, please refer to visiting parks and forests with your pets.

    Why O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat?

    In late 2013, the Queensland Government called for expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and businesses to revitalise and take over the ongoing management of the Green Mountains Camping Area, within Lamington National Park.

    Following the assessment of expressions of interest received, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was invited to submit a detailed proposal for the site.

    In May 2017, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat submitted its detailed proposal for an ecotourism facility at the existing Green Mountains Camping Area. The proposal was subject to a rigorous assessment process, including approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.

    O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is an established Queensland ecotourism operator, having operated successfully for many years at this location surrounded by the sensitive environment of Lamington National Park.

    What are the benefits of the project?

    The new ecotourism facilities will have environmental, social and financial benefits, and this is a good example of government working with the private sector to improve ecotourism.

    Leasing the camping area to ecotourism operator, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, offsets the Queensland Government’s existing site management costs, and frees up a park ranger to undertake more park management initiatives within the broader Lamington National Park.

    This project also contributes to conservation and management of Lamington National Park, through direct financial contribution and other initiatives supporting wildlife conservation in this particular area.

    Figure 1 – Artists impression of upgraded Green Mountains campground Lamington National Park

    Figure 1: Artists impression of upgraded Green Mountains campground Lamington National Park