GOLD COAST HINTERLAND

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
DESCRIPTION:
 

This 3-day pack free walk traverses the spectacular Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, a unique World Heritage Area comprising of Australia’s largest remnant of ancient subtropical Gondwana Rainforests. On this walk, you will explore misty forests of 2000-year-old Antarctic beech trees, rugged mountain scenery, lush palm-filled gullies and cascading crystal clear streams. A bird lover’s paradise, this area is home to more than 230 species including the rare Albert’s lyrebird and regent bowerbird as well as Australia’s largest collection of subtropical birds. This unique and special region is not to be missed.

PRICE INCLUDES:
 
  • 3 day Pack Free Walk

  • 1 night in luxurious Sky Lodges at Binna Burra Lodge

  • 1 night in Mountain View Rooms at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

  • Celebratory Lunch and Wine tasting in a local winery

  • 2 x dinners featuring local produce

  • 2 x breakfasts

  • 2 x packed lunches to enjoy whilst walking

  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information

  • Return transfers from the Gold Coast

  • National Parks Fees

  • Regional boutique wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner.

  • Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. Wine is served to enjoy with your dinner only if you would like to enjoy alcohol after dinner you will need to purchase your own.



Accommodation:
 

  • Sky Lodges Binna Burra Lodge

  • Mountain View Room, O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
     

DON'T FORGET:
 
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
  • Insurance

  • Pre / post tour accommodation

  • Public transport to start of walk

  • Any optional activities during free time

  • Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature

 

OUR TIPS:
This is a fully supported walk, you only need to carry a light day pack.
 
Note: Depending on numbers this could be a mixed tour (male and female).

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1
LYREBIRD CIRCUIT
Walk 12kms 4 hours Moderate grade
Meet your guides in the hotel foyer at the Meriton Suites Broadbeach on the Gold Coast at 7.30am. Today we will head to the Green Mountains region of Lamington National Park to start our walking adventure. Our walk begins from O’Reilly’s and takes us past peaceful streams creeks and pretty subtropical rainforest of brush box. From here we continue on passing Balancing Rock and then descending to another saddle before reaching the exposed end of Castle Crag where the views are spectacular. Take in views of wedding-cake-shaped Mount Lindesay and Mount Barney with the main escarpment in the background. Following the crest of ridges we walk through a vine forest to Orchid Grotto with its pretty orchid and crows nest ferns. We walk directly from the trail into our accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. This superb mountain lodge is a place to connect with nature and will be our home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy dinner in the main dining room feature a wonderful a la carte dining,
Day 2
GREEN MOUNTAIN TOOLOONA CIRCUIT
Walk 10kms 6 hours with breaks Moderate grade
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast in the Retreat’s main dining room. The large gallery window of this room overlooks a haven for birdlife which surrounds the building and you can often see the flourish of the striking black and yellow regent bowerbirds whilst enjoying your breakfast. Today’s walk is one of the prettiest walks at Green Mountains and is most beautiful after rain when the waterfalls are at their best. We follow the main Border Track and then branch off on a trail admiring the Antarctic beech with their massive exposed roots systems. As you walk through these majestic forests, you’ll have the feeling you are walking through a land inhabited by elves and fairies. We zigzag downhill past moss-covered banks and tree-fern filled gullies enjoy the sounds and smell of this lush rainforest. Before long we hear the rushing waters of West Canungra Creek, deep in the valley below and head towards the much-photographed Elabana Falls. This area has a succession of stunning waterfalls including Triple Falls, Gwonggurai Falls, Chalahn Falls and Toolona Falls, surrounded by gorges covered with ferns, mosses and lilies. Afterwards we return to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat for a relaxing dinner, perfectly matched with wines.
DAY 3 GREEN MOUNBTAIN – MORAN FALLS – WINERY
Walk 7.5 KMS 3.5 hours ONE WAY with breaks Moderate grade
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast in the Retreat’s main dining room. Today we walk to Moran Falls and Python Rock Lookout. Walk through forests of lichen dappled coachwood and through fern-filled gullies. We eventually reach a magic spot for spectacular views over Moran Falls, where we stop to take a photo of this stunning waterfalls set amongst a backdrop of lush greenery. This idyllic location was the home of the bark hut, the first home of the O’Reilley brothers. We head to Python Rock through the amazing rainforest, a great track for bird watching with superb panoramic views. Apart from the lush rainforest, another feature of this walk is a large number of leaf-tailed geckos you’re likely to encounter along the track. This small gecko is endemic to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. After our walk, we visit a local vineyard for a celebratory lunch and wine tasting a remarkable way to finish our adventure. Afterwards, we head back to the Gold Coast arriving at approximately 5.00pm. Note we can drop off our guests to Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airport if required.





MAY 2021 - AUG 2021
 

$2,399
(ex GST)

3
days
Activity Level:

Moderate

Frequently asked questions

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1
LYREBIRD CIRCUIT
Walk 12kms 4 hours Moderate grade
Meet your guides in the hotel foyer at the Meriton Suites Broadbeach on the Gold Coast at 7.30am. Today we will head to the Green Mountains region of Lamington National Park to start our walking adventure. Our walk begins from O’Reilly’s and takes us past peaceful streams creeks and pretty subtropical rainforest of brush box. From here we continue on passing Balancing Rock and then descending to another saddle before reaching the exposed end of Castle Crag where the views are spectacular. Take in views of wedding-cake-shaped Mount Lindesay and Mount Barney with the main escarpment in the background. Following the crest of ridges we walk through a vine forest to Orchid Grotto with its pretty orchid and crows nest ferns. We walk directly from the trail into our accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. This superb mountain lodge is a place to connect with nature and will be our home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy dinner in the main dining room feature a wonderful a la carte dining,
Day 2
GREEN MOUNTAIN TOOLOONA CIRCUIT
Walk 10kms 6 hours with breaks Moderate grade
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast in the Retreat’s main dining room. The large gallery window of this room overlooks a haven for birdlife which surrounds the building and you can often see the flourish of the striking black and yellow regent bowerbirds whilst enjoying your breakfast. Today’s walk is one of the prettiest walks at Green Mountains and is most beautiful after rain when the waterfalls are at their best. We follow the main Border Track and then branch off on a trail admiring the Antarctic beech with their massive exposed roots systems. As you walk through these majestic forests, you’ll have the feeling you are walking through a land inhabited by elves and fairies. We zigzag downhill past moss-covered banks and tree-fern filled gullies enjoy the sounds and smell of this lush rainforest. Before long we hear the rushing waters of West Canungra Creek, deep in the valley below and head towards the much-photographed Elabana Falls. This area has a succession of stunning waterfalls including Triple Falls, Gwonggurai Falls, Chalahn Falls and Toolona Falls, surrounded by gorges covered with ferns, mosses and lilies. Afterwards we return to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat for a relaxing dinner, perfectly matched with wines.
DAY 3 GREEN MOUNBTAIN – MORAN FALLS – WINERY
Walk 7.5 KMS 3.5 hours ONE WAY with breaks Moderate grade
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast in the Retreat’s main dining room. Today we walk to Moran Falls and Python Rock Lookout. Walk through forests of lichen dappled coachwood and through fern-filled gullies. We eventually reach a magic spot for spectacular views over Moran Falls, where we stop to take a photo of this stunning waterfalls set amongst a backdrop of lush greenery. This idyllic location was the home of the bark hut, the first home of the O’Reilley brothers. We head to Python Rock through the amazing rainforest, a great track for bird watching with superb panoramic views. Apart from the lush rainforest, another feature of this walk is a large number of leaf-tailed geckos you’re likely to encounter along the track. This small gecko is endemic to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. After our walk, we visit a local vineyard for a celebratory lunch and wine tasting a remarkable way to finish our adventure. Afterwards, we head back to the Gold Coast arriving at approximately 5.00pm. Note we can drop off our guests to Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airport if required.