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Lamington National Park
Lamingtion National Park
Lamington National Park lies along the crest of the McPherson Range, which marks the New South Wales–Queensland border. The park is characterised by subtropical rainforest, creeks and waterfalls and there are numerous walking trails and lookouts offering spectacular views across the range. Experience Lamington National Park on our fully guided Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s & Vineyard Tour.
Features of the national park you won’t want to miss include:
- World Heritage listed subtropical rainforest
- O’Reilly’s Treetop Canopy Walk and wild bird feeding
- Kamarun lookout
- Canungra Valley Vineyard and Alpacas
World Heritage Listed Subtropical Rainforest
Alongside its sister Springbrook National Park, Lamington National Park forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and is comprised of varying forest types, from temperate Antarctic Beech forest high on the border ranges through the sub-tropical rainforests, to the dry eucalypt forest of the northern escarpment.
Be humbled as you find yourself surrounded by prehistoric vegetation and geological landscapes dating back more than 300 million years. One of Australia’s largest remaining forests of hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) is also located and safely protected within the national park.
This biodiversity hotspot is home to more than 300 species of wildlife, plus over 160 subtropical birds. Keep an eye out for the bower of the male satin bowerbird bedazzled with his collection of all things blue. The park is also home to many threatened species including the Fleay’s Barred frog. If you are near a stream and hear an ‘arrr’ growling sound, there may be one of these guys nearby looking for a mate. They are easily identified by their colourful skin which is light brown with dark blotches. Lamington plays a vital role in protecting this rich diversity of globally significant wildlife.
O’Reilly’s Treetop Canopy Walk & Wild Bird Feeding
The O’Reilly family were living in the Lamington area prior to it being declared a national park in 1915. The pioneering family began welcoming visitors to their property in 1926. Today O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat continues to operate with operational values that strongly support the history, heritage and education of the surrounding Lamington National Park. Day visitors are able to access the O’Reillys property to enjoy facilities including the treetop canopy walk and wild bird feeding.
Treetop Canopy Walk:
Have you ever imagined walking through the forest canopy? O’Reilly’s treetop walk is an Australian first, with a series of suspension bridges up to 16metres above the ground providing the perfect birds eye view of the forest below. There is also a viewing deck accessed by a steep ladder attached to the side of a majestic fig tree which will allow you to venture another 14 metres into the canopy.
Wild Bird Feeding:
Hand feed the wild birds of the rainforest including crimson Rosella’s and King Parrots in the bird feeding arena. Hold your plate of wild bird seed carefully and wait as the brilliantly coloured parrots come to take a nibble. You will want to have your camera handy.
Nearby to the bird feeding arena is a replica of the Stinson aeroplane which crashed into the ranges in 1937. When official searches failed to find the plane, Bernard O’Reilly set off on foot and using his bush knowledge was able to locate the plane wreckage and rescue two survivors. If you’d like to learn more you can watch the movie “The Riddle of the Stinson” (1987) with Jack Thompson taking on the role of Bernard O’Reilly.
Due to the ancient volcanic activity in this area, some of the most picturesque views across the scenic rim can be accessed from lookouts within the national park. One of our favourites is Kamarun Lookout.
With its elevated position, Kamarun lookout provides the perfect vantage point to look out and across a 200 degree radius of hills, rocky peaks and patchwork valleys. On a clear day you can see as far as Brisbane. The sweeping views across the range provide the perfect setting for instagram worthy sunset pictures, no filter required. Keep an eye out as wedge-tailed eagles are often spotted soaring through the skies.
Whilst at the lookout, you can see a memorial constructed in recognition of Romeo Lahey, one of the region’s early settlers and passionate conservationist. It was Romeo Lahey whose tireless campaigning in the early 1900’s finally led to Lamington’s National Park status being granted in 1915. Romeo also donated hundreds of acres of his own land as additions to Lamington National Park and it is with thanks to him that we are able to enjoy this very special relatively untouched paradise today.
Canungra Valley Vineyard & Alpacas
Amongst the rolling hills of the Canungra Valley and set alongside the bubbling Canungra Creek lies the O’Reilly family owned Canungra valley Vineyard. The manicured grounds and natural beauty of this 15 acre property perfectly frame the 163 year old historic homestead ‘Killowen’ which is open and functions as a restaurant offerings selection of meals including delicious wood-fired pizzas. Or you can purchase a picnic hamster and sit on the grass by the creek. Alongside the homestead is an open vineyard of over 6000 grape vines with varieties including Shiraz, Verdhelo and Chambourcin, the perfect backdrop for a romantic photo. The cellar door is open for wine tasting and special events.
Did somebody say adventure? Alpaca my bags!
In 2017 the Mountain View Alpaca Farm relocated to the vineyard and have since become the property’s cutest residents. Bring your camera to capture the highly sought after #AlpacaSelfie. Alpaca food is available for purchase from the gift shop or you can take your new furry friend for a 15minute walk around the grounds.
Protecting the Park
It is important that we protect the sensitive ecosystem when visiting Lamington National Park. Here are some reminders on how you can protect this world heritage listed rainforest:
- Look but don’t touch. Leave all plants and animals undisturbed and do not feed wildlife.
- Follow the directives and warnings on safety signs and keep to designated walking paths.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Take all rubbish with you including food scraps.
- Help prevent the spread of pathogens (disease producing organisms) by removing any loose soil and cleaning your footwear before your walk.
- Help protect endangered or vulnerable frog and crayfish habitats by minimising swimming and contact with waterways in the park. Do not disturb frogs or tadpoles and avoid trampling on vegetation along the creek edge.