Lamington NP Green Mountains
World Heritage Listed Area

The Lamington NP Green Mountains section features wonderful walking trails through subtropical world heritage rainforest, and panoramic views across spectacular scenery.

It's also home to the famous O’Reilly’s guesthouse, where day visitors may enjoy the fabulous treetop walk, and see the rainforest from a whole new perspective!

This section of the Lamington national park features excellent facilities, and includes a ranger information office and camping grounds.

You'll find a large range of walking trails through the rainforest in the Lamington NP Green Mountains section ranging from easy to challenging.

And they'll all lead you to some delightful sights – bubbling streams, gorgeous waterfalls, spectacular lookouts and world heritage rainforest.

And you may see some of the amazing array of birdlife, lizards, and mammals (although many mammals are nocturnal). Elabana Falls near O?Reilly?s, Lamington National Park, Queensland TQ

Keen bush walkers can follow the historic 21.4 kilometre Border Track through the rainforest from the Lamington NP Green Mountains section to the Binna Burra section.

And with more than 160 kilometres of walking trails in the Lamington NP, the number and variety of trail options could easily occupy you for a solid week.

Many of the walking trails intersect with others and, although signs are posted, it's a good idea to ensure you carry a map as it's all too easy to get confused (and lost!) if you miss a turn...

This has happened to me before – and what you think will be a pleasant 6 hour bush walk may turn into a 10 hour ordeal ... which reinforces the importance of carrying plenty of drinking water and food with you.

While reading maps is not my forte, I thoroughly enjoy bush walking in the national parks around the Gold Coast and northern NSW, and have spent many hours exploring the Lamington NP walking trails with friends. Bushwalking in Lamington National Park, Queensland TQ

Over the years, I believe we walked almost every trail mentioned in this Lamington NP Green Mountains section (refer below), and loved them all.

So I encourage you to make a trip to at least one of the national parks around the Gold Coast, and discover the wonderful sense of timelessness and peace for yourself. You're sure to love it too!

Click here for a Queensland National Parks & Wildlife Service (QNP&WS) map of Lamington NP Green Mountains section.

The QNP&WS also provides description and details for most of the walking trails in the Lamington NP Green Mountains section, which is worth reading if you're preparing for some bush walking.

Reference Sources

  • Blanch, R, and Kean, V, Bushwalking in the Mount Warning Region, second edition published by Kingsclear Books, 1995.
  • Daly, J & L, Take A Walk in Queensland’s National Parks, published by Take A Walk, 1998.
  • Queensland National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Bush Walk Departure Point Distance (Return) Classification Duration
Rainforest circuit Branches off the Border Track 700m from the park entrance 1.4 km Class 2 30 mins
Python Rock Lamington NP Road, 800m back from the Information Centre 3.2 km Class 3 1 hour
Morans Falls track Lamington NP Road, 800m back from the Information Centre 4.4 km Class 3 1.5-2 hours
Box Forest / Elabana Falls circuit
(Easiest to walk in a clockwise direction)
Branches off the Border Track 1.7 km from the park entrance 10.9 km Class 4 3.5-4.5 hours
Blue Pool & Bull Ant Spur Branches off the Border Track 250m from the park entrance 13.5 km Class 4 5-6 hours
West Canungra Creek circuit Branches off the Border Track 500m from the park entrance 13.9 km Class 5 5-6 hours
Toolona Creek circuit Branches off the Box Forest circuit near Elabana Falls 17.4 km Class 4 6-7 hours
Albert River circuit Branches off the Border Track 4.5 km from the park entrance 20.6 km Class 4 7-8 hours
Border Track O’Reilly’s Guesthouse at Green Mountains 21.4 km
* one way only
Class 4 7-8 hours
Mt Merino track Merino Lookout branches off the Border Track after ~ 12 km 24 km Class 4 8-9 hours

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Access to this National Park is free.
Information centre, wheelchair access to toilets and picnic areas, water on tap, camping, showers, range of walking trails, constructed lookouts. O'Reilly's guesthouse has a restaurant/cafe and serves meals and refreshments.
Wet Weather
Don't let a bit of light rain scare you from bush walking - although ensure you have a change of clothing for when the walk is over, and take extra care of slippery rock surfaces.
Walking in heavier rains is not recommended, for both safety and environmental considerations.
Operating Hours
This NP is open 24 hours a day, all year round.
Short walks range up to 30 minutes. Longer, more difficult walks may take up to 10 hours.
Handy Hints
- The road from Canungra to Green Mountains is narrow and windy, so drive with care.
- Also, there are few opportunities for overtaking, so if you have a trail of cars behind you, be courteous and pull into a layby to enable them to pass you.
- Read our handy hints for planning your rainforest trek.
- Check out our practical safety tips for bush walkers.
- Refer guidelines for how you can minimise your personal impact on the environment.
How To Get There
If self-driving, make your way to the township of Canungra, via Beaudesert, or Mount Tamborine, or Nerang. From Canungra, follow the winding Lamington National Park Road (via Kidston St) to Green Mountains & O'Reilly's Guesthouse.

Or refer to tour operators who offer day trips to national parks.
Further Info
Queensland NP&WS, Green Mountains
Tel 07-5544 0634

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