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Explore the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Gold Coast hinterland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park. Rumble along remote tracks in a 4WD vehicle, soak up spectacular views from the summit of Tamborine Mountain and explore the subtropical rain forest on a guided nature walk. At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, get a closer look at native plants, birds and even koalas on an elevated treetop walk. A traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off from Gold Coast complete this fantastic eco-adventure.

Highlights

  • Travel by purpose built 4WD to Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain
  • Take a guided rainforest walk and see spectacular waterfalls
  • Have a delicious morning tea of scones, jam and cream
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch including drinks
  • Swim in natural rock pools and streams
  • Walk amongst the trees with a treetop walk
  • See Australian native wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Learn to crack a stock whip and throw a boomerang

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What You Can Expect

Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Eco Tour

old Coast Lamington National Park

Travel off the beaten path to explore the subtropical beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland. After pickup at your hotel, travel in a rugged 4WD vehicle along an original pioneer trail to the summit of Tamborine Mountain. Make a pit stop at Gallery Walk for morning tea service with scones and cream, plus a chance to browse locally made arts and crafts.

Continue on to Lamington National Park, part of the World Heritage-listed Godwana Rainforests. Explore the park on a guided nature walk, and learn how local Aboriginal people sourced food and medicine from the forest.

Midday, stop at Spring Valley for a traditional barbecue lunch served with Australian wine. (See Itinerary below for a sample menu.) Enjoy free time to try your hand at local pastimes like boomerang and whip-cracking, and take a dip in a nearby rock pool if you like. 

In the afternoon, visit O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat — a family-owned nature resort. Choose from a variety of activities such as hand-feeding birds or the popular treetop walk, where you can stroll across elevated boardwalks for an up-close glimpse of native flora and fauna. You might even spot a koala sleeping in the trees! 

Relax on the scenic return drive through wallaby-inhabited pastures to Gold Coast, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening. 

Itinerary

Sample Barbecue Lunch Menu:

All cooked on the grill and accompanied with crisp salads and fresh bread
  • Beef steaks
  • Chicken breasts
  • Freshly caught fish
Dessert:
  • Fresh fruit in season
Beverages:
  • Local beer
  • Australian wine
  • Soft drinks

Customer Reviews

Sharon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great day. Trent, our driver, was very informative, friendly and accommodating. Great fun, awesome scenery. We would highly recommend Southern Cross 4WD tours to everybody. Looking forward to doing it again on our next visit to the Gold Coast.

rasha a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

ross was a great tour guide.
he made even the somewhat boring stuff fun.

Claire C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Myself and my daughter absolutely loved this tour' Mick our guide was phenomenal! He knew so much and was funny and friendly and made the whole group feel very welcome. The walks were enjoyable the BBQ was excellent. My daughter especially enjoyed learning to throw a boomer-rang and the bird feeding.
Claire and Paige

Mingmin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Well planed tour, knowledgeable guide, beautiful view and a pleasant day

Nicholas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Awesome. Great day. Guide was friendly. Very knowledgeable. Made sure everyone was happy.

rosalind e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

most enjoyable and Chris our tour guide was THE BEST for being so informative, patient with our photography sessions and with a lovely sense of humor as well. Thanks Chris hopefully we'll see you on another
Maude and Alison
Fiji

Jan S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Excellent tour, not one to miss, great fun, exciting and informative. Amazing scenery. Great food (even for a vegetarian) and really hard working and talented guide. Thanks to Royd and the gang for a great day out.

cdepta1234

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

this was a great trip. The guide/driver was very entertaining and really made the trip fun and informative. Great Bar B que and learning to throw boomerangs and crack a whip Very worth while.

Adrian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

We had a very enjoyable day around Lamington and Tamborine Mountain. Our guide, Roy, was a very friendly and engaging personality who brought to life the way the area had been developed over the years and highlighted the development of the national park structure and how it works with local landowners. The highlights were the off-road section where we spotted wild koalas. Later in the day we saw kangaroos and wallabies and then we fed the wild parrots on the O'Reilly property, finishing off with a visit to a bat colony. The pace of the tour was good with ample time in-between visits for tea and lunch. We highly recommend that anybody who visits this part of Queensland should try this tour.

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

We had a great time. The tour guide was professional while, at the same time, being very entertaining. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. We have no hesitation in recommending this tour.

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