Lamington National Park is an explorer; photographer and outdoor enthusiasts’ dream microadventure. From narrow, scenic roads shrouded in fog, to the multitude of waterfalls and hiking trails located in the region’s many national parks, Lamington National Park something for everyone.
Upon arriving at O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat, follow the Border Circuit onto Box Forest Circuit and you will encounter your first feature waterfall of the Park – Elebana Falls (approximately half an hours walk from the car park). The main section of this waterfall tumbles over a number of rocks into a cascading set of subsequent falls that make for an incredible shot. Keep an eye out for the Lamington National Park Crayfish.
Continuing along Box Forest Circuit, and shortly after visiting Elebana Falls, you’ll wind your way through impressive towering ferns, palm trees, creeks and intense greenery to Box Log Falls. This waterfall is quite impressive. It’s hidden away and also makes for a fantastic and dramatic photograph.
There are many waterfalls and crossings located within Lamington National Park, so take your time to explore by spending a couple days camping and hiking. I plan on returning again in the near future, hopefully during a high rainfall period to capture the sheer power of the falls located in the park.
How to get there
I’ve travelled to Lamington National Park on a few occasions and would highly recommend the Green Mountains section of the region. This area is easily accessible by any vehicle and is an approximate two-hour journey from Brisbane and approximately one and a half hours from the Gold Coast. It lies just West of Springbrook National Park and South of Mount Tamborine National Park.
Essential Gear Required
- tent & camping equipment (should you intend on camping)
- hiking boots
- Bushman’s Repellent
- map (available at the information centre at the entrance to the park)
- hot air ballooning
- adventure trails.
Skill level varies greatly depending on the particular activity you choose to accomplish whilst visiting Lamington National Park. Hiking trails are achievable for children and families but I wouldn’t recommend walking further then Elebana Falls as some sections are quite damp and steep. Always check the National Parks and Wildlife website for grade and track levels before hiking or camping.
Distance Covered/Elevation Gain
The hike I covered from O’Reilly’s Entrance to Box Log Falls is approximately eight kilometres return. The hike can take anywhere between 2-4 hours depending on how often you stop and is heavily based around your skill and fitness level.