Lamington National Park Brisbane | Gold Coast

Darrayabroo lookout has excellent views along the McPherson Ranges. Photo credit: © Lesley Hutley

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

Mount Hobwee circuit

Spend the day hiking through picturesque rainforest to the Antarctic beech-clad summit of Mount Hobwee.

Journey type
18.2km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow about 8hrs walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Trail bike
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

We recommend walking this circuit clockwise.

This circuit branches off the Wagawn track 2km after the Border Track junction. Wind up through rainforest filled with ferns, fungi, epiphytes and abundant stream lilies. Stop for a break at Darrayabroo lookout and drink in the amazing views along the McPherson Ranges towards Bithongabel. Onwards and upwards through an Arctic beech forest that was severely damaged in a storm in 1983 you’ll soon arrive at the summit of Mount Hobwee (1,164m).

On the way back down, look for clusters of beech oranges—the fruiting body of a fungus that is only found on Antarctic beech in Australia and South America. The skin of the fruit bursts and uncovers a honeycomb-like network of cavities.

The circuit rejoins the Border Track for the return to the Binna Burra trailhead.

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 Hobwee circuit is in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, 110km south of Brisbane.

Getting to Lamington

Lamington National Park is made up of two sections—Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau. The Binna Burra section encompasses the rest of the park to the east.

Getting to 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. This road is unsuitable for recreational vehicles (RVs) longer than 4m and vehicles towing caravans and camper trailers.

Getting to 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 section. The final 1.8km of the drive is very narrow and winding.

There are many commercial tour operators that conduct tours to Lamington National Park. See the tourism information links for further details.

There is no public transport to the park and getting taxis and ride share operators to pick up from the park can be difficult.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities at the day-use area in both the Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of Lamington National Park. Binna Burra section also has wheelchair-accessible picnic tables.

At Green Mountains section there are two wheelchair-accessible walking tracks. The Centenary track is a 900m universal access track, and the first 700m of the Border Track is accessible for wheelchairs with assistance.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Mount Hobwee circuit is open 24 hours a day.

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

Visiting safely

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