Being new to the Gold Coast, I thought I better start doing some weekend exploring. So - Last Saturday we drove up to the Lamington National Park in Binna Burra, Queensland.
This National Park is home to lush green rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty. All of this makes this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit. Prior to European settlement, the Lamington region had been inhabited by Aboriginal people of the Yugambeh language for thousands of years. The Yugambeh group inhabited the Gold Coast and hinterland, roughly between the Logan and Tweed rivers. This group lived as family tribes in various regions, although interaction between them was well established. The family tribes that lived closest to Lamington National Park are the Birinburra, Kombumerri, Wangerriburra and Migunberri people.
We hiked to Elabana Falls, which is a 7.1km round trip fro the Binna Burra entrance. The Elabana Falls Track, branches off the Main Border Track, 1.7 km from the entrance. It descends through a stand of Antarctic Beech and then past the largest Brush Box trees in the National Park. Turn right at the Box Forest turn-off for Picnic Rock, a lovely lunch spot, but be sure to continue to Elabana Falls only 400 metres further on - We stayed at the beautiful falls for a packed lunch and had a little dip beneath the flowing water. There are many tracks to choose from, ranging from beginner to advanced. Always stop by the information desk at the O'Reilly's carpark (Binna Burra side) before setting off to grab a map and be notified of any track closures.
On our way home we stopped in the adorable town, Canungra for a cold cider after our hike. The Canungra Hotel is an old heritage pub catering to tourists and locals alike. I loved that the local dentist had his logo printed on my beer glass - Great marketing collateral!
I plan to head back up to Lamington National Park and other National Parks in QLD to swim and admire as many water falls as possible over the summer season.
Lamington National Park is 110km south of Brisbane and has two sections—Green Mountains and Binna Burra. The Green Mountains section is on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O'Reilly. The Binna Burra section encompasses the rest of the park to the east. There is no public transport to the park.
What to bring:
-PLENTY of water
-Snacks and a packed lunch
Best time to go:
Start your adventure early in the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day and also once you arrive at any of the water falls along your trek it will be perfect weather for a dip.