Spot regent bowerbirds and scale a strangler fig tree, all before your morning coffee.

 

Highlights
  •       An abundance of rarely seen birds
  •       Suitable for all ages
  •       Stunning scenery and ancient trees
  •       A treetop canopy walk across nine suspension bridges up to 16 metres above the ground
  •       A viewing platform 30 metres above the ground in a strangler fig tree
The Lowdown

The Booyung walk, with its trailhead opposite O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, is a perfect morning stroll that everyone in the family can enjoy (as long as they’re not scared of heights!). The boardwalk makes the rainforest accessible to everyone, but with so much wildlife at your fingertips, it’s a fascinating morning for even the most seasoned adventurers. 

Located on Yugambeh Country in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, the boardwalk begins by leading through an area with many rare birds who have become accustomed to people. These include eastern whipbirds, green catbirds, and regent bowerbirds. Australian logrunners are frequently seen foraging on the rainforest floor, while eastern yellow robins sit in the branches overhanging the boardwalk, hoping that visitor footfalls might disturb a tasty insect.

The treetop canopy walk branches off the boardwalk, initially leading to a strangler fig with a ladder leading up to two platforms. Those willing to ascend the ladder will be rewarded with views across the rainforest and Scenic Rim.

The treetop canopy walk loops back to the boardwalk from where you can head down to the tea room, but don’t forget to stop at the satin bower bird’s bower beneath the picnic area along the way. These interesting birds have adapted well to our invasion of their space. Many of the blue ornaments collected by the male leading to his bower now include items such as pen lids and milk bottle tops.

The tearoom includes an outside area with views across the Scenic Rim. Signs ask that patrons, don’t feed the birds in this area, however, that doesn’t deter them from delighting visitors by hopping around the tables as they eat. The shop attached to the tearoom sells treated seed that can be taken to a feeding area frequented by wild crimson rosellas and king parrots.

If you wish to continue your adventure, the Green Mountains section offers many hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels. There’s a ranger station with free maps located directly opposite the bird feeding area, together with a small discovery centre.

Essential Gear
  •       Insect repellent
  •       Sunscreen
  •       Water
  •       A camera
How To Get There

It’s a 2 hour drive from Brisbane. Head to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Lamington National Park Road, the Treetop Walk begins just near the car park. 

Activities
  •       Bird watching
  •       Wildlife spotting
  •       Photography
  •       Bush walking
  •       Treetop canopy walk and strangler fig climb

 

Skill Level

Beginner. The Booyong walk is very well signposted and follows a well-maintained boardwalk.  The treetop canopy section may not be suitable for people who are afraid of heights.

Distance Covered / Duration

The walk is 800m return, with the Treetop Canopy Walk forming a loop off to the side. This walk is easily completed in 30 minutes, although longer is recommended for bird and wildlife watching.