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Lamington National Park Travel Guide: 51 reviews and 164 photos


Lamington National Park is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, with the most popular areas being Green Mountain & Binna Burra.

An unusual name, you ask?
It was named after Lord Lamington, the Governor of Queensland when the park was declared in July, 1915, and became a World Heritage park in 1994.

As this is a Mountain area, it receives a very high rainfall, with most of it coming from the east, so areas on the coastal side of the plateau can have an annual rainfall up to 2500mm. and western areas have annual falls of about 850mm per year.

If travelling from Brisbane, it is situated approximately 110km south in part of a mountainous area known as the MacPherson Ranges.


It was February, 1937, when a Stinson airliner dissappeared on a routine flight from Brisbane to Sydney. The plane was supposed to land at Lismore to pick up some passengers, but never arrived. People living in the nearby Kerry Valley, reported seeing the plane fly over-head and towards the McPherson Range, Bernard O'Reilly heard these reports and decided to investigate.

And, so began one of the most remarkable rescue stories in Australia's history - a week after the plane was reported missing.

After forging his way through dense rainforest, Bernard, from the top of Mt. Throakban, sighted a burnt tree some 8 km away. Three hours later he discovered the wreck of the plane. ....and two men - alive after 10 days! ......
Remember, this is dense rainforest & mountainous terrain!
Four men died in the crash, but three survived, Joe Binstead, John Proud and Jim Westrey. Proud and Binstead were found by Bernard at the crash site, they told him that Westrey had gone to find help.

After staying with the two men for a while, Bernard began the long journey to get help for the two men, and on the way found Westrey's body at the base of a waterfall - apparently he had fallen over the falls and died as a result of his injuries.

Bernard returned with a small group, including a doctor, while a large group of farmers cut 16 km of track through the rugged jungle so the two men could be brought out by stretcher.
The victims of the crash were buried in a common grave at the crash site. Jim Westrey was buried next to Christmas Creek.


February, 1926, and O'Reilly's guest house was opened for business.
Even though access to the mountain was still not easy, people started visiting the guest house in droves, excited by the prospect of the journey up the mountain. Now days, the road is quite good, but not a speed track, as it is narrow, windy, mountain road with incredible views for the passengers!
You can stay at O'Reilly's in the guesthouse, camp in the campgrounds or just come for a lovely days outing, there is plenty to see and do in this area.

One thing to remember when visiting, because it is high in the mountains, the temperature is cooler, even on the hottest of days, and even though you leave home in fine weather, it might be in fog up there!
There are many excellent walks, ranging from short & easy, to longer and more difficult.

If you want to know more about the park, check out this website.......


Also have a look at Springbrook National Park which adjoins Lamington National Park.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful national park
  • Cons:Very narrow windy road
  • In a nutshell:A lovely getaway
  • Last visit to Lamington National Park: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 30, 2012
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  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    Excellent page! Parrots are always super stars!

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Hi Dee, oh i came across this page and it sounds like such a lovely place to visit. Orchids and parrots and hiking trails and scenic views! Sounds irresistible! Its neat to see just what a variety of really scenic places you have

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Jan 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      oh i'll bet. that would really be an amazing experience to start a trip, no?

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jan 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Our scottish vt'ers said this was there most enjoyable time they had in Australia. Many countries don't have the brightly coloured Parrots that are here.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Beautiful page indeed. Great pictures and solid information. Love the tip about tops of the trees walking path. Thank you for sharing.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Gosh, did we go to the same place? Amazing how two reviews are so different. Have to keep my eyes peeled next time! Cheers, Ian

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    youre really getting out and about seeing whats out in the great outdoors around home 1st! lovely page and photos - nice refreshers for me thanks very much!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    What beautiful scenery there is around the park; especially liked the falls and cliff views. I agree with you that the climb up the ladder for a view is sooo acrophobia.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Seems like a natural place for me to visit = it ticks all the right boxes for me! Nice u went there with a couple who live near me!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    A very interesting page. I'm not sure I could walk through the tree tops, especially on a swinging bridge, but I'd love to see all the birds.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    O'Reilly's and Lamington Park look marvelous. Is there any public transportation to the the park?

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    A very interesting page. A place I would love to visit. Indeed a place for nature lovers.

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