Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Elabana Falls Photo: © Bevin Rijkaart Reinvigorate your spirit on a short or full-day bushwalk past roaring cascades and rainforest groves, under the twisted arms of ancient Antarctic beech trees and through blankets of flowering heath. Lamington’s rainforests are remnants of ancient Gondwanan forests that once covered Australia. With each step feel a connection with this beautiful land. Did you know? The Albert’s lyrebird can imitate sounds of up to 20 different bird calls. If you hear a kookaburra laughing in the rainforest, the chances are it’s a male Albert’s lyrebird broadcasting his remarkable vocal abilities to impress potential mates. Things to do Wildlife spotting Listen for the whip-cracking call of the eastern whipbird. See the brilliant red and blue colours of the crimson rosella and the magnificent green and red of the Australian king-parrot. In the cooler months you may be lucky enough to hear the fluid calls or spy the gossamer plumage of one of the park’s songbirds—the Albert’s lyrebird—along the rainforest tracks. Highlights • Admire sweeping views across Ships Stern, Turtle Rock, ‘Kurraragin’ (Egg Rock) and down into Numinbah Valley from Koolanbilba lookout along the Lower Bellbird circuit. • Feel cool spray kiss your face as you walk past rushing cascades and wild waterfalls on the Toolona Creek circuit. • Rest in quiet contemplation at Collin’s chair on the Caves circuit and take in views down into Coomera Valley. • Hike the rainforest-clad cliff line along the state border on the Border Track, from Green Mountains to Binna Burra. Getting there Lamington National Park has two sections—Green Mountains (O’Reilly) and Binna Burra. If you’re using GPS directions type ‘Binna Burra’, and ‘O’Reilly’s’ or ‘Lamington National Park Road’ for Green Mountains. Green Mountains section Exit the Pacific Motorway at Beenleigh or Nerang and follow signs to Canungra. The 36km road to the park from Canungra is unsuitable for large campervans, camper trailers or caravans. Binna Burra section Exit the Pacific Motorway at Nerang and follow signs west to Lamington National Park, Binna Burra. The final 1km of the 10km drive is very narrow and winding. Rangers’ tip The best way to truly experience this historic World Heritage gem is to stay overnight. Discover the park’s special stories at the Binna Burra and Green Mountains information centres. Places to go Green Mountains section 1 Centenary track 1.8km return (30min) Pass through tall hoop pines into subtropical forest on this easy walk, stopping to pause at the bench seating provided to watch for regent and satin bowerbirds darting through the branches. 2 Rainforest return 1.4km return (30min) Watch for yellow-throated scrubwrens and logrunners among the leaf litter on this short rainforest stroll at the start of the lengthy Border Track. Lamington National Park Walk upon cloud-drenched mountains and over rugged cliffs and crystal-clear creeks. 16