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Araucaria lookout track
Stunning spring orchids, ancient pines and spectacular panoramas will entice you along this alluring walk.
- Journey type
- 17.8km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow about 7hrs walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
- View map
- Conventional vehicle
- Lookout (natural)
From the Border Track and Mount Hobwee circuit, ramble through lush, delicate rainforest and up moss-carpeted steps to Orchid Bower lookout. Drink in the spectacular views of the Mount Warning caldera and a beautiful display of rock orchids in spring.
Past the lookout, the track winds down towards Araucaria lookout, passing some of the most intricate and extensive dry-stone rock construction in the park.
Araucaria lookout is named for the ancient hoop pines—Araucaria cunninghamii— that point sharply above the surrounding canopy. These hoop pine communities are a living representative of the Jurassic Age (the age of the conifers) about 180 million years ago.
Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Springbrook Range and Mount Warning caldera, before continuing the loop around the summit and through open heath dotted with rock orchids.
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 Araucaria Lookout track is in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.
- The track leaves the Mount Hobwee circuit 900m from the junction with the Border Track from the trailhead at the Binna Burra upper day-use area.
- The Binna Burra upper day-use area is at the end of Binna Burra Road, 3.5km from the park entrance.
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.
Binna Burra section
Allow 70min from Broadbeach. Drive 38km to Beechmont via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 69 and follow the signs west to Lamington National Park—Binna Burra.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Araucaria lookout track is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.