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clock-o1 day (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Queensland’s Lamington National Park on this hiking tour with an experienced guide. Part of the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Lamington boasts a pristine landscape of waterfalls, ancient trees and native wildlife. When booking, choose from two hikes—a moderate route to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls or a longer route, Box Forest Falls hike. Transportation from Gold Coast hotels is included. This tour is limited to 12 people to provide a small-group experience.
  • Day trip to Lamington National Park from the Gold Coast
  • Select a moderate hiking trail to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls
  • Or extend your hike to 7 miles (11 km) on the Box Forest Falls Hike
  • Listen to birds and learn about forest biodiversity in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area
  • Snap photos of the McPherson Range from O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, immersed in the rainforest canopy
  • Includes minivan transport from Gold Coast hotels
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures personalized attention

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in all the highlights of the Lamington National in just one day, including a Katherine Gorge cruise.
Your day trip begins with pickup at Gold Coast hotels by minivan for the 27-mile (45-km) drive inland to Lamington National Park. During the approximate 1-hour drive, admire views of Mt Barney and Mt Lindsay. Upon arrival at the park, get ready for your hike by fueling up with snacks (bring your own) and listening to your guide’s introduction to your hiking route, including a few safety tips. (See the Itinerary section for details about both hikes—Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls and the Box Forest Falls hike; select the hike you wish to take when booking).

Then set off on your hike, wandering through Lamington’s lush, World Heritage–listed rainforest landscape made up of pine trees, ferns and flowering plants, all remains of the ancient Gondwanan forests that once blanketed Australia. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where you can visit the cafe to purchase lunch. (not included)

After lunch, enjoy a little free time to check out the gift shop, feed the local birds or just admire the scenery from your location in the middle of the park. From O’Reilly’s, you’ll drive back down the mountain and then onto the Gold Coast for hotel drop-off.

Itinerary

Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls: 4.2 miles (6.7 km)The walking track on this moderate walk is graded, but fairly easy. You’ll wind down through an emerald landscape of Queensland brush box and strangler figs, arriving at superb views of the waterfalls near Picnic Rock.
A 10-minute detour takes you down to Elabana Falls where you can scramble over some boulders for an even better view of the cascade. After watching the water show and snapping a few pics, follow your guide back up the track with a steady, but gentle, incline.
Arrive at O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, the first attraction of its kind in Australia, and stroll along a series of suspension bridges some 65 feet (20 meters) above the forest floor. The walk showcases some sweeping views of the McPherson Range and the rainforest canopy.
Box Forest Falls 6.8 miles (11km)This moderate hike is a spectacular experience. The walking track is graded in most parts, there are some rocks to climb, but it's not hard. Head out with your guide on the Border Track then turning down towards Box Forest falls taking in the breathtaking giant Brush Box trees, waterfalls and cascades that follow this track. Morning tea at a peaceful waterhole by the Toolona creek, another few minutes and we arrive at the stunning Box Forest Waterfall. Keep an eye out for blue Lamington crayfish, which are only found on the Lamington & Springbrook Plateau. Back at O'Reillys enjoy the Tree Top Walk before you head back to the Gold Coast.

Reviews

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t
, Aug 2018

The tour guide was super nice, the views are fabulous. I love it!!!!! We took a walk on the rocks along the brook, that's an unforgettable experience.

S
, Oct 2017

This was a great experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local plants and animals, and she had great enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with us. Lamington Park is beautiful and not too far from Broadbeach where we were staying. Hike was long enough for a good workout but not so long as to be exhausting. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the rainforest.

b
, Aug 2017

I had a extremely great time during this trip. The scene and wildlife are fantastic. I strongly recommend people can visit there to relax and get closer to nature. The tour guide also is lovely and professional, and I learn a lot in this trip.

n
, Mar 2017

Excellent trip with wonderful guide, would definitely recommend it

A
, Mar 2017

My favorite part of this tour was Kaylene, she has had such anot amazing life and I loved hearing her stories! The hike isn't hard, just a slight uphill on the way back. It's very pretty, especially the waterfall, and I absolutely loved seeing the wildlife! So glad I went on this tour!

K
, Aug 2016

I had the most magical time walking through Lamington NP for my final day in Gold Coast. I loved the waterfalls and had a great guide in Kaylene. I could not have asked for a better excursion and I will recommend her company to any of my friends who plan to visit the area.

K
, Aug 2016

I had the most magical time walking through Lamington NP for my final day in Gold Coast. I loved the waterfalls and had a great guide in Kaylene. I could not have asked for a better excursion and I will recommend her company to any of my friends who plan to visit the area.

D
, Jul 2016

the guide is helpful and friendly. I enjoy the hiking very much.

E
, Dec 2015

My family and I had a very enjoyable tour organised by Rainforest Tours Australia. The hike through the rainforest was awesome culminating in a most beautiful Elabana falls. The 6KM walk is suitable for all ages, even my 5 year old son did it.


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