In the ancient Gondwana rainforests of the Gold Coast, you’ll find O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, and the chance to spot an abundance of tropical birds from the rainforest canopy.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Countries on which these adventures take place who have occupied and cared for these lands, waters, and their inhabitants for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.


  •       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


Into the Rainforest

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 Explorers. 



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 that’ve become accustomed to people. These include Eastern whip birds, 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.

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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 seeds 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 1.5 hour drive from the Gold Coast. Head to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Lamington National Park Road, the Treetop Walk begins just near the car park. 

Skill Level


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 / 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.