Lisa Owen

Lamington National Park is a nature lover’s paradise with its many miles of walking trails offering up caves, swimming holes, waterfalls and rainforest views. Its is located in Queensland’s south east in between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Lamington National Park

The park has two sections - Binna Burra and Green Mountains. The Green Mountains section is better known as O’Reillys due to the popular rainforest lodge of the same name.

Binna Burra offers up a multitude of diverse trails ranging from rockpools to waterfalls. The 3.7mile Gwongoorool Rockpools is a great trail to kick off your outdoor adventure, taking you past towering cliffs, moss framed steps carved into the rock, and tree lined gorges. You emerge at the Coomera River before reaching the Gwongoorool rock pool. In summer, this place is a popular swimming spot.

Lamington National Park

If you’re there in the morning, you’ll capture clear reflections on the rockpool and in some parts, the river looks like liquid gold as the sun shines just right.

Next to the Gwongoorool trail is the 5km Caves Circuit. From the starting point next to the national park’s Information Centre, you quickly get good views across the surrounding mountain range before heading down and quickly coming to two large and impressive caves before walking back up the hill.

The 10.8mile Coomera Circuit starts on the Border Track near the Binna Burra Teahouse. At the 1.2mile mark, you hit a junction and then take the right fork. The trail is an easy grade with a few muddy sections as it winds down the Beechmont Range and into the Coomera Valley.

Rocks have been placed in the river to use as crossings. You’ll cross the river several times before reaching the Coomera crevice waterfall. A little further on you’ll reach the pretty Bahnamboola Falls. There’s access points below and above the waterfall.

Lamington National Park

The Coomera Circuit then passes Neerigomindalala Falls before linking back up with the Border Track and taking you back to the carpark. Don’t be put off by the distance on this hike - the trail is mostly flat and the diverse terrain will keep you going.

Lamington National ParkIn the Green Mountains section, recommended trails are the easy Moran’s Falls, which takes you to the top of a beautiful waterfall, or the scenic 6.8mile Box Forest Circuit, which winds through lush rainforest and past several picturesque waterfalls.

Lamington National Park

You’ll have even more chances for waterfall spotting along the 11mile Toolona Creek Circuit. The narrow path winds you past 50 shades of green through the lush rainforest.

You can also head over to the Tree Top Walkway. It’s a short but beautiful walk that takes you 52 feet into the rainforest canopy along a series of hanging bridges. You can also climb up to a 100 foot platform into a fig tree for views of the surrounding area.

Lamington National Park Tree Top Walkway

The Binna Burra section can be reached from the Pacific Motorway in about 90 minutes from Brisbane and an hour from the Gold Coast. The O’Reilly’s section is about a two hour drive from Brisbane, 90 minutes from the Gold Coast.

Things You Should Know

  • Make sure you bring insect repellant to ward off leeches. Bushman’s Repellent is the most effective against leeches. You should also wear long pants.
  • You’ll need a car to reach Lamington National Park and it’s an easy drive from Brisbane (90 minutes) or the Gold Coast (one hour).
  • If you want to make a weekend out of it, both O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra have accommodation on site.
  • Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks with you on your hike, as well as warm clothing and a rainjacket just in case. Remember to always tell someone where you’re going when you head out for a hike, and when you expect to return.
  • Lamington National Park is mostly dense rainforest and gets a lot of rain so be warned the tracks may be a little muddy in places. Don’t forget your bathing suits in summer for some of the swim stops.

Lisa Owen is a pint-sized Australian following her dreams to travel to as many places as she can, and loves to share her photography, travel hacks, hiking adventures, and food discoveries along the way. At last count, she has travelled to more than 40 countries in between working in public relations and discovering hidden gems in Australia's great outdoors.

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