Araucaria Lookout Track Address: 1069 Binna Burra Road Beechmont, Queensland 4211, Australia
Location: Near Binna Burra Mountain Lodge (1069 Binna Burra Road
Beechmont, Queensland 4211, Australia)
This Intermediate/Advanced 17.8kms return bush walk takes about 7 hours and branches off the Mt Hobwee Circuit 900 metres from where you leave the Border Track.
This track gives access to the Orchid Bower Lookout and the Araucaria Lookout.
An awesome but seldom visited lookout offering near 360 degree views along the Numinbah Valley.
Araucaria Lookout is named after the hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii, which can be viewed from the lookout. These hoop pine communities are a living representative of the Jurassic Age (the age of the conifers) of about 180 million years ago.
At 18km return it’s a long walk but on graded tracks so there are no navigational issues or bush bashing to worry about. There are a few ups and downs to contend with but nothing really steep or nasty. Allow 5-6 hours at a steady pace including time to enjoy the views.
What people have said:
‘If you love panoramic views then this walk is for you. The track was a bit muddy due to the light rain the previous day. The path is a little overgrown in sections and I did see two snakes, definitely wear long pants for this one. Once the track splits from the Border Track the amount of traffic decreases significantly. The Border Track feeds most of the other tracks in the area so the traffic is a lot higher which reduces the chances to see wildlife, because of this it can be a bit of a slog. Despite this, the Orchid Bower and Araucaria lookouts were amazing and well worth the journey.’