For those craving a scenic nature escape and real deal wilderness, Lamington National Park is an actual paradise. Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, this region is renowned for its ancient trees, stunning waterfalls (hundreds of them!), spectacular elevated views, extensive walking tracks and a rich diversity of native wildlife. Some of Lamington's plants and animals are survivors of prehistoric times when ferns, then pines, then flowering plants first appeared, making it an ecologically significant site for research and conservation.
The park lies on the southern edge of the Scenic Rim, a chain of mountains stretching from the Gold Coast hinterland to the Border Ranges in NSW. Known as "Woonoongoora" in the Yugambeh language, the mountains of Lamington National Park are sacred and spiritual, places to be nurtured and respected.
The best way to explore the natural wonder of Lamington National Park is on foot - there are more than 130km of walking trails through the park, including the popular Border Track and Caves Circuit. From bushwalking to bird watching, chasing waterfalls and spotting rare wildlife, nature-lovers will be enchanted with this wilderness wonderland. To immerse yourself in the beauty, book a stay at Binna Burra or O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - two properties that have a long history of ecotourism and provide the perfect escape to reconnect with nature.