Lamington National Park is one of Queensland’s largest and most beautiful national parks, stretching over 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) and is covered in colourful wildlife, breathtaking scenery, gorgeous views and enjoyable hiking tracks. The park is located approximately 90 kilometres from the Gold Coast, but is definitely worth the scenic drive.

The park has a strong history too. Aboriginals thrived in the land for well over 6000 years before timber cutters came and tried to make a profit. A strong campaign for the park’s protection was fought and the park was put under protection by Australia’s governments. Now, the park is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, and was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007. However, the most famous happening was the Bernard O’Reilly rescue. The hero trekked through Lamington’s wilderness with bread and onions for food, and rescued survivors from a Stinson Plane Crash. The crash is 10km from where the O’Reilly’s guesthouse is located today.

Lamington National Park is well known for its wildlife, specifically the beautiful exotic birds that are commonly seen and sometimes even hand fed, and a famous cafe which integrates an alpaca stud where audiences can interact with the fun animals. Accompanying the cafe is a gorgeous view of the surrounding grasslands. Another well known attraction is O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. A plethora of things to do are available to visitors, ranging from their rainforest walk, lunch, wildlife interaction, a glow worm tour, the famous birds of prey show, and a segway safari. Ice cream is an awesome addition to any day spent at O’Reilly’s.

Fuel up your car and visit Lamington National Park today, to experience Australia’s true beauty. Scenery, mountain views, hiking tracks, exotic wildlife and awesome retreats await. Bring your family, friends, and make your day one worth remembering.