Located on the McPherson Range’s Lamington Plateau on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Lamington National Park is a popular Gold Coast attraction famous for its spectacular rainforests, ancient trees, mountain views, waterfalls, walking tracks, natural beauty and birdlife. Part of the Lamington National Park, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is also a popular attraction offering a stunning guesthouse and accommodation experience as well as famous bird feeding. O’Reilly’s is also the starting point of a number of popular walking tracks in the Lamington National Park.
Part of the Shield Volcano Group, Lamington National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage site of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia in 1986 and in 2007 was added to the Australian National Heritage List. The park has also been identified by BirdLife International as part of the Scenic Rim Important Bird Area due to its conservational importance in preserving several threatened species of birds.
Lamington National Park was originally inhabited by the Aboriginal people who visited and lived in these mountains. The park shows signs of Aboriginal occupation that go back as far as 10,000 years but for at least 6,000 years the now extinct Nerangballum and Wangerriburras tribes claimed the plateau territory as their home. Located near Mount Hobwee, the 60m long Bushrangers Cave was once used as an Aboriginal camp, however approximately 900 years ago indigenous populations began to decline.
A jewel in South East Queensland’s rainforest bushwalking crown, Lamington National Park is home to more than 160km of graded walking tracks and trails leading to waterfalls, lookouts and some of the most significant wilderness in the state, all wrapped up in a lush canopy of flora and fauna. Nearby O’Reilly’s also offers half day and guided nature walks including early morning bird walks and guided tours taking in cascading waterfalls, fascinating wildlife and amazing views.