Lamington National Park
One of this country’s iconic parks, Lamington has lush, bird-filled subtropical rainforest on an extinct volcano. There are mossy Antarctic beech, elkhorns and staghorns, red-legged pademelons, a special endemic crayfish and more birds than you could hope to name. Understandably – as it is only two hours drive from Brisbane – the most popular Green Mountains section can get crowded on weekends and in school holidays, but the Binna Burra section of this 20 940-hectare park is usually quieter. Camping permits must be applied for in advance for all weekends and school holidays.
Among the 160 kilometres of walking tracks, there is bound to be something to suit everyone. Many people do the 21.4-kilometre Border Track, from Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s (or the other way), staying a night and then returning. If you are doing that, make sure you walk the waterfall-filled Toolana Creek circuit at least one way (it is an extra couple of kilometres but a far more interesting walk).
Park rangers: Green Mountains (07) 5544 0634
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