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Mount Bithongabel bush camp
Camp in a misty, cliff-top forest at a site that has immense significance for both conservation and history.
- Cultural and historic sites
- Tent camping
- Long walk to tent
You need to be an experienced off-track walker with the right hiking equipment and top-notch navigational skills to walk to this remote camp site.
Hidden in high-altitude forest—where ghostly mist weaves around ancient Antarctic beech festooned with vines and lichen—this camp site is on a steep escarpment over 1,000m above sea level on the southern side of the Border Track. There is limited protection in windy weather. Although the escarpment cliff edge borders this site, there are no views.
In December 1918, a group of 11 Queensland naturalists and scientists celebrated Christmas at a camp nearby. Over several days they explored, collected and recorded the flora and fauna found here. New plant species were found and the name 'Green Mountains' was coined as a result of their visit.
This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).
Getting there and getting around
The Mount Bithongabel bush camp site is in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.
- Map sheet—Tyalgum 9541-31. Grid reference—169 735.
- The bush camp site is on the Border Track, about 6.5km from the trailhead at the Green Mountains day-use area.
- Allow about 2hrs walking time to reach the camp.
Getting to Lamington
The park has two sections—Green Mountains and Binna Burra. The Green Mountains section is on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O'Reilly. The Binna Burra section encompasses the rest of the park to the east. There is no public transport to the park and getting taxis and ride share operators to pick up from the park can be difficult.
Green Mountains section
From Broadbeach, drive 40km to Canungra via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 34 to Beenleigh, route 92 to Tamborine, and route 90 to Canungra. The 36km winding, and often narrow, bitumen road from Canungra requires care and takes at least 50min.
Before you visit
Mount Bithongabel bush camp site (on-track) is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
The bush camp site is only open from 1 February to 30 November each year.
Camping area features: A rough bush camp site situated in rainforest on the southern side of the Border Track. The site is located at an altitude of 1,000m. There is limited protection in windy weather. Although the escarpment cliff edge borders this site, there are no views.
Location: Map sheet: Tyalgum 9541-31, Grid reference: 169 735.
Access: Site is on the graded walking track system and a 2hr walk from the Border Track entrance.
Number of sites: No defined sites. Maximum of 6 people per night.
Camp sites are suitable for: self-sufficient, walk-in camping.
Camp site surface: Dirt.
Facilities: None. Campers must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.
Open fires: Prohibited. Fuel stoves only.
Generators: Not allowed.
Essentials to bring: Fuel stove, drinking water, extra food, rubbish bags, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Read more about before you visit.
Bookings: Advance bookings are essential and must be booked online or learn about our camping booking options.
Mobile phone coverage: Poor.