Lamington National Park Brisbane | Gold Coast

You'll see for miles on a clear day! Photo credit: Lightcapturer © Queensland Government

Lush rainforest, ancient trees and stunning waterfalls make Lamington National Park an outstanding place to visit! Photo credit: Nick Hill © Queensland Government

Border Track

Experience the true essence of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area on this long-distance track.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
21.4km one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow about 7hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Trail bike
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Delve into the heartland of this ancient landscape on this full-day hike connecting the Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of the park. Boasting stunning scenery and spectacular views, the Border Track is the backbone of the Lamington walking track system, with most walks radiating from it. It's also a part of the longer Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Hike through warm and cool subtropical and temperate rainforests, into lush gullies and valleys, over crystal mountain streams, past stunning waterfalls, and along prominent ridge lines.

On a clear day, lookouts provide spectacular views of the Limpinwood Valley, 'Wollumbin' (Mount Warning) and the Tweed Range. During winter months, walkers are likely to hear the loud ringing call of the Albert's lyrebird.

There is a short (600m return), steep side track that leads to two lookouts—Beereenbano and Merino—with views over the Tweed and Limpinwood valleys. The track passes through areas of forest damaged during a severe storm in 1983.

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).

Warning: there is no shorter way to walk from either trailhead in the park. Stay on the Border Track. Other routes may appear to reduce the distance, but end up being longer. Whichever end you begin, leave as the sun rises and organise to be picked up at the end of your walk or stay overnight at your destination.

Getting there and getting around

The Border Track is the backbone of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane. The track crosses both sections of the park—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.

Getting to Lamington

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.

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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Border Track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Seasonal closures

The remote bush camping areas are only open between 1 February and 30 November each year.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Lamington safely and Walk with care.