Lamington National Park Brisbane | Gold Coast

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

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Visitors are advised that the camping area at Green Mountains is open and now known as O’Reilly’s Campground. Works at the site have been completed as part of the Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation Project.

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

    Remote bush camping is available in Lamington National Park. To camp in the national park a permit is required and bookings must be made in advance. Fees apply.

    Read before you visit for information about essentials to bring when camping in Lamington National Park.

    Please minimise your impact and follow the guidelines for staying safe and for walking with care in the park.

    View the camping areas listed in the camping information and bush camping summary

    Other accommodation

    There is alternative accommodation neighbouring the park at two world-renown ecolodges—O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. There's also a wide range of holiday accommodation in and around Canungra, Beechmont and other towns in the Gold Coast hinterland. If you are towing a caravan, a camper trailer or traveling in a recreational vehicle (RVs) longer than 4m, please book accommodation that suits your mode of transport.

    For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Explore ancient forests, enjoy spectacular views, encounter exceptional wildlife and admire waterfalls galore. An extensive walking track network allows visitors to discover all the grandeur of this World Heritage listed national park!

    Walking

    With approximately 130km of walking tracks, it is easy to get away from it all and discover the natural wonders of this World Heritage park. Photo: Nicholas Hil, Queensland Government.

    With approximately 130km of walking tracks, it is easy to get away from it all and discover the natural wonders of this World Heritage park. Photo: Nicholas Hil, Queensland Government.

    Explore the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area by walking one of Australia’s best walking track networks, with approximately 130km of formed tracks. Both Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of the park offer a range of walking opportunities for visitors of all fitness levels and bushwalking experience.

    The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk can either start or finish at the Green Mountains section of the park. For those interested in undertaking this challenging 54km walk, please visit the walk's web page and read the details to plan your Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

    View the walks listed in the journeys information and walking track summary

    Guided tours and talks

    Commercially operated tours are available within the park. For further information see the tourism information links.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Enjoy spectacular views from the many lookouts and natural viewpoints in Lamington National Park. Photo: Lightcapturer, Queensland Government.

    Enjoy spectacular views from the many lookouts and natural viewpoints in Lamington National Park. Photo: Lightcapturer, Queensland Government.

    The main picnic area at Green Mountains section has toilets, tables and three electric barbecues. Lamington is popular for day visits, so expect crowded conditions in the picnic area during weekends and holiday seasons. Come prepared with your own seating and a fuel stove.

    Binna Burra section has a small picnic area (Lower picnic area) and toilet located near the national park's information centre, on the right-hand side of the road just after the park entrance sign. A larger picnic area (Upper day-use area) with toilets, tables and electric barbecue facilities is located at the end of the Binna Burra Road next to the main track entrance.

    Visitors must bring their own rubbish bags as no bins are provided in the picnic areas and all rubbish (including food scraps and sanitary products) must be carried out of the park.

    Those using human waste disposal kits or portable chemical toilets are to dispose of their waste in appropriate facilities off the mountain. Please do not empty these wastes into the hybrid toilets located on the park.

    Viewing wildlife

    Lamington plays a vital role in protecting a rich diversity of globally significant wildlife, such as the Richmond birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera richmondia. Photo: Queensland Museum.

    Lamington plays a vital role in protecting a rich diversity of globally significant wildlife, such as the Richmond birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera richmondia. Photo: Queensland Museum.

    On the park's many walking tracks you can walk beneath subtropical rainforest, ancient Antarctic beech trees, hoop pines, eucalypt forest and montane heath and also see some of the area's incredible variety of wildlife.

    Listen for the whip-cracking call of the eastern whipbird, and see the brilliant red and blue colours of the crimson rosella or the magnificent green and red of the Australian king-parrot. The regent bowerbird, with its brilliant black and gold colouring, is frequently seen foraging around rainforest trees for fruits, insects and spiders. The Albert's lyrebird is often encountered along the rainforest tracks in the cooler months. Listen for the male's extraordinary song, which incorporates imitations of sounds from nature and, sometimes, human activities.

    Look for harmless shiny black land mullets—the largest known skink. You may even be lucky to spy a carpet python basking in the sun.

    In the picnic areas, red-necked pademelons are commonly seen early morning and late afternoon foraging on grass. Mountain brushtail possums (bobucks), with their dense black fur, are usually seen in rainforest trees at night.

    • For more details about Lamington's diverse wildlife, see the description of the park's natural environment.