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Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation Project

Following a competitive expression of interest (EoI) process, the Queensland Government, through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), called for applications from suitably qualified individuals and businesses with an interest in revitalising and taking over the ongoing management of the existing Green Mountains Camping Area, within Lamington National Park.

At the conclusion of the competitive EoI process, ecotourism operators O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat were invited to submit a detailed proposal for the site. Following a rigorous assessment process, the Detailed Proposal of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was approved by the department.

While the vast majority of existing campsites will continue to be available for members of the public, following the completion of the Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation Project, the site will be complemented by a number of new and improved ecotourism facilities, including:

  • additional powered and unpowered campervan sites
  • semi-permanent tents
  • a communal camp kitchen (including cooking facilities)
  • a communal fire pit/gathering area
  • a new amenities block, and
  • a new, multi-purpose community education facility.

Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2020. During this time, the camping area will be closed to the general public.

Upon completion of all works, the Green Mountains Camping Area will be reopened under the management of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The site will be available for members of the public to continue to camp independently (unpowered tent camping), or to experience camping amongst nature at any of the new eco-accommodation options available.

This partnership will not only offset existing costs of management for the QPWS but will also contribute to conservation and management of the national park through direct financial contribution and other initiatives supporting the conservation of Lamington National Park.

The Green Mountains Day Use Area, including the car park, toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities will continue to be operated by the QPWS and will remain open and free-of-charge for day visitors.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation project, please refer to the frequently asked questions below or email .

Frequently asked questions

What will be carried out as part of the revitalisation works?

While the vast majority of existing campsites will continue to be available for members of the public to enjoy, following the completion of the revitalisation project, the site will be complemented by a number of new and improved ecotourism facilities, including:

  • additional powered and unpowered campervan sites
  • semi-permanent tents
  • a communal camp kitchen (including cooking facilities)a communal fire pit/gathering area
  • a new amenities block
  • a new, multi-purpose community education facility.

When will the construction be happening and the camping area closed?

The camping area closed in 2019 in preparation for for construction works to be completed as part of the revitalisation project. The site is anticipated to reopen early 2020.

Visitors are encouraged to refer back to this page for project updates.

Where else can I camp within Lamington National Park while the camping area is closed?

The Green Mountains Camping Area is the only camping area that is available within the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. As such, camping is not available at Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park until construction is completed.

Limited bush camp sites are available in remote areas of Lamington National Park until November 2019, however these can only be reached by experienced walkers using navigation skills with either a topographic map or GPS, and these sites are designed for rustic, self-sufficient, walk-in style camping.

I am planning to do the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Can I still camp at the Green Mountains Camping Area?

The camping area is closed during construction, including the walkers’ camps. It is recommended that you seek alternative arrangements if you intend to undertake the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk during construction.

Upon completion of revitalisation works, unpowered tent camping sites will be available for people to enjoy, including those completing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Bookings to camp at the site will be made through O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Once the camping area reopens, will I still be able to camp independently (unpowered tent camping)?

Unpowered tent camping sites will still be available to visitors, once revitalisation works are completed. Also, the site will be complemented with a new amenities block, a new camp kitchen, semi-permanent tents, and a multi-purpose community education facility.

When the camping area reopens, how will I book my campsite?

While campsite bookings are not currently available, visitors will be able to book to stay at the camping area upon reopening of the campground, through O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The Green Mountains Camping Area will become known as ’O’Reilly’s Campground’.

Visitors are encouraged to refer back to this page for project updates, including when construction is anticipated for completion and when the camping area will reopen.

What will it cost to stay at the campsite after the site has been revitalised?

Pricing will be set by O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, which will continue to provide unpowered, independent tent camping options for visitors, in addition to eco-accommodation options including powered and unpowered campervan sites, and semi-permanent tents.

When the camping area is reopened by O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, will I be able to bring my dog or pet camping with me?

No, the camping area is within a national park and domestic animals are not permitted. National parks provide a much-needed refuge for native animals. While dogs, and other pets, may be our best friends, they’re not always friendly to our native animals. For further information on camping with your dog, please refer to visiting parks and forests with your pets.

Why O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat?

In late 2013, the Queensland Government called for expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and businesses to revitalise and take over the ongoing management of the Green Mountains Camping Area, within Lamington National Park.

Following the assessment of expressions of interest received, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was invited to submit a detailed proposal for the site.

In May 2017, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat submitted its detailed proposal for an ecotourism facility at the existing Green Mountains Camping Area. The proposal was subject to a rigorous assessment process, including approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is an established Queensland ecotourism operator, having operated successfully for many years at this location surrounded by the sensitive environment of Lamington National Park.

Is it possible to see the detailed proposal that was submitted by O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat?

The proposal, submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, can be accessed via the EPBC referral webpage. The full detailed proposal submitted to the department is not currently available, however a decision notice (outlining how the decision was reached) will be released.

What are the benefits of the project?

The new ecotourism facilities will have environmental, social and financial benefits, and this is a good example of government working with the private sector to improve ecotourism.

Leasing the camping area to ecotourism operator, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, will offset the Queensland Government’s existing site management costs, and will free up a ranger for the national park.

This project will also contribute to conservation and management of Lamington National Park, through direct financial contribution and other initiatives supporting wildlife conservation in this particular area. A percentage of revenue generated by the operation of the camping area will be passed on to the department, to reinvest back into park management.

Last updated
31 July 2019