Lamington National Park is an explorer, photographer and outdoor enthusiast’s dream escape. From narrow, scenic roads shrouded in fog, to the multitude of waterfalls and hiking trails, Lamington National Park has something for everyone.

Highlights
  • Incredible scenic hiking trails
  • Visit multiple waterfalls in one journey
  • Camping, adventuring and photography

 

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Photo by Emily-Ann Marskell

Lamington National Park

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 Elabana 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 makes for a fantastic and dramatic photograph.

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Photo by Scout Hinchcliffe

There are many waterfalls and crossings located within Lamington National Park, so take your time to explore by spending a couple of 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.

Essential Gear
  • Hammock
  • Tent & camping equipment (should you intend on camping)
  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Map (available at the information centre at the entrance to 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.

 

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Adventure trails
Skill Level

Skill level varies greatly depending on the particular activity you choose 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 the grade and track levels before hiking or camping.

Distance Covered / Elevation Gained

The hike I covered from O’Reilly’s Entrance to Box Log Falls is approximately 8 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.

Feature photo by Lisa Owen