Introducing Lamington National Park

Australia’s largest remnant of subtropical rainforest covers the deep valleys and steep cliffs of the McPherson Range, reaching elevations of 1100m on the Lamington Plateau. The 200-sq-km Lamington National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site and has over 160km of walking trails.

The two most popular and accessible sections of the park are Binna Burra and Green Mountains, both reached via Canungra. Binna Burra can also be reached from Nerang. Both roads twist and snake their way up the mountain, cutting through encroaching forest and open grazing land. It’s a spectacular drive, particularly along the Green Mountain Rd, and well worth the effort.

At Green Mountains, be sure to walk the excellent tree-top canopy walk along a series of rope-and-plank suspension bridges 15m above the ground. Serious hikers can tackle the 54km Great Walk which starts at Green Mountains, passes through Binna Burra and ends at the Settlement Camp Ground on the Springbrook Plateau. The first 24km from Green Mountains to Binna Burra is also known as the Border Trail.

Walking trail guides are available from the ranger stations

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is an excellent mountain retreat with rustic log cabins and camp sites surrounded by forest. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse at Green Mountains was built in 1926. The guesthouse is looking dated and faded but still manages to retain its old-world rustic charm – and sensational views.