Australia Tourist Guide
Lamington NP at sunset - Photo: Maxime Coquard Tourism Australia
Situated some 3,000 feet above sea level yet only some 30 kilometres from the sunny beaches of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast, the park is a place to visit, it attracts many day visitors out to explore the lush green rainforests and mountains, giving an alternate view of this beautiful part of Queensland. Native wildlife and rare birdlife abound, as do the ancient trees of the sub-tropical rainforests.
The Lamington National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful parks in Australia, although there are others in this region of South East Queensland which are just as scenic and stunning.
There are over 500 cascades and waterfalls in the Lamington park, fed by clear mountain streams that add to the atmosphere that recall the region’s ancient past and the ecological importance of this place.
Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park protects important plant and animal species that have ancestors that are part of the fossil record of the ancient continent when all of earth’s continents were joined together.
There are extensive tracks of varying difficulty, from easy to long, covering the more than 20,000 hectare park. They take you through stunning forests and past picturesque waterfalls, cascades and streams. The views are also amazing, you can get grand views of the Gold Coast, the south east of Queensland and parts of northern New South Wales.
Map showing the location of Lamington and others in the south east of Queensland and north east NSW: Northern Rivers Map.
With over 50,600 acres of abundant wildlife and flora, Lamington National Park is comprised of two areas, Binna Burra and Green Mountains. A World Heritage Listed Area, this stunning park is a must see for Gold Coast Visitors.
Options include bird watching, spotlighting to look for nocturnal animals, naturalist-guided wildlife and rainforest walks through the surrounding World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park’s 160km of walking tracks.
More about the South East of Queensland: Gold Coast Queensland.
In this park there is every chance you will spot wildlife in their native habitat. Whiptail Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Platypus, Bandicoots, Brushtail Possums, Koalas, Echidnas and many more species all live here.
There are rare and protected birds also in the park.
Located some 100 kilometres south east of Brisbane, the park is the green mountainous backdrop seen in the west of the Gold Coast. The park is a contrast to the surf, sun and beach lifestyle of Surfers Paradise and the luxurious golf courses and resorts found on the rest of the Gold Coast. See the Map:
You can camp at the Green Mountains section of the park, just 200 metres from the information centre, where you can get permits, but on weekends, school vacation times and other holidays, its important to book ahead. You can also obtain camping permits from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Phone 13 74 68 or visit Queensland Camping for more information.
Fraser Island is a World Heritage Listed site. See more about: Fraser Island, Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world is also in Queensland: Great Barrier Reef.
See more about: World Heritage Sites in Australia
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Australia Tourist Guide