Part of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamington National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Covering 77 square miles (200 square kilometers), it’s known for its rich biodiversity, ancient trees, over 500 waterfalls, and more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of hiking trails.
The two most accessible sections of Lamington National Park are Binna Burra and the Green Mountains. Nature lovers will revel in the park’s diverse flora and fauna, while adventure seekers will delight in the many ways to play at the park.
Go on a guided full-day or overnight tour to get the most out of the park. Most tours start in Brisbane or the Gold Coast and stop at nearby attractions such as Mt. Tamborine and Gallery Walk. Take to the trees in a canopy walk, climb up even higher to get a bird’s-eye view, hike along one of the park’s many trails, or go swimming near a waterfall. Younger visitors will enjoy activities like bird feeding or learning to throw a boomerang.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Lamington National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
- Wear sturdy shoes, especially if planning to hike around the park.
- It’s a good idea to bring sun protection, water, and insect repellant.
- Wi-Fi is available at the Green Mountains Information Center.
- Full-day tours can last upwards of nine hours, depending on the tour.
How to Get There
Lamington National Park is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Brisbane. The best way to visit is by car or as part of an organized tour by 4WD or minivan. Both sections of the park are located west of Nerang. Binna Burra is a 25-mile (40-kilometer) drive via the town of Beechmont, while the Green Mountains section is 35 miles (57 kilometers) via Canungra.
When to Get There
Lamington National Park can be visited any time of year, but the weather during the Australian spring (September through November) and autumn (March through May) is the most pleasant—warm but not wet. Expect the most rainfall during summer (December through February). Winter (June through August) temperatures can dip to freezing levels.
Wildlife in Lamington National Park
Known for its rich biodiversity, Lamington National Park is home to over 160 bird and numerous other species. Look for king parrots, cockatoos, sooty owls, pale-headed and crimson rosellas, red-browed treecreepers, yellow and black male bowerbirds, Australian brush-turkeys, Albert’s Lyrebirds, elf skinks, Lamington freshwater crays, giant barred frogs, and diamond pythons.