Lamington National Park

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Declared in 1915, Lamington National Park covers 20 590 ha and boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area's forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, most of the world's warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech Nothofagus moorei cool temperate rainforest.

It is a haven for birdlife, and internationally recognised as one of the great birding locations on the globe. The two main areas that are easily accessable and excellent for birding are O'Reilly's Green Mountain and Binna Burra. The keen birder can certainly explore other areas as well within the park.

[top]Getting there

Lamington National Park is made up of two sections: Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O'Reilly's.

[top]Getting to Green Mountains (O'Reilly's)

From Broadbeach, drive 40 km to Canungra via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 34 to Beenleigh, route 92 to Tamborine, and route 90 to Canungra. The 36 km winding and often narrow bitumen road from Canungra requires care and takes at least 50 min. This road is unsuitable for caravans.

[top]Getting to Binna Burra

Allow 70 min from Broadbeach. Drive 38 km to Beechmont via Nerang. From the north, take Pacific Motorway exit 69 and follow the signs west to Lamington National ParkóBinna Burra. The final section of the 10 km drive is very narrow.

[top]When to go

Anytime worthwhile - can be very cold in winter but good birding. Spring/Summer good for migrants and birds such as Regent Bowerbird.


Great walking tracks throughout the park.
Picnic and amenities at Binna Burra and O'Reilly's.

[top]Key species

The park boasts many species including some rare and restricted range specialities.

Some of the species you might see or photograph include
  • Logrunner (quite common - listen for them scratching in the leaf litter)
  • Noisy Pitta
  • Albert's Lyrebird (One of the parks special birds - can take effort to find - early morning best - good chance on the tracks around O'Reilly's)
  • Regent Bowerbird (quite tame at the resorts, particularly O'Reilly's)
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Green Catbird
  • Rufous Scrub-bird (found mainly in the Antarctic Beech Forest - access via long walks from O'Reilly's or Binna Burra)
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Eastern Spinebill (Good chance Oreillys)
  • Paradise Riflebird (another rainforest specialty - possible anywhere on rainforest tracks)
  • Satin Flycatcher
  • Australian King Parrot
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
  • Sooty Owl
  • Powerful Owl
  • Marbled Frogmouth
  • Red-browed Treecreeper
  • Rose-crowned Fruit dove
  • Topknot Pigeon
  • Brown cuckoo Dove
  • Emerald Dove
  • Woompoo Pigeon
  • Wonga Pigeon
  • Yellow-throated Scrbwren
  • Large-billed Scrubwren
  • Spectacled Monarch ( Summer)
  • Black-faced Monarch
  • Olive Whistler ( Antarctic Beech forest)
  • Varied Triller


[top]Maps & GPS


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Varied Triller
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Eastern Spinebill
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