Lamington National Park Hiking Tour From The Gold Coast: Picnic Rock Or Box Forest Falls

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Selected Gold Coast hotels
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Take a guided hike through Lamington National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. Choose from two routes: a moderate hike to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls, or the longer Box Forest Falls hike. Follow an experienced guide through lush rainforests filled with ancient trees, creekside waterfalls and diverse wildlife. Finish with a cappuccino and lunch at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat (at own expense). Includes minivan transport from Gold Coast hotels. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring an intimate experience.

Know More about this tour

A minivan picks you up at your hotel for a scenic drive to Lamington National Park, located 27 miles (45 km) inland from the Gold Coast. During the 50-minute ride, look for views of Mt Lindsay and Mt Barney.

When you get to the park, enjoy a break to fuel up on snacks (be sure to bring your own) before your selected hike, as your guide explains the route and provides a few safety instructions. In the Itinerary section below, you can read more about the hiking options.

No matter what route you take, expect to walk through Lamington's cool, damp rainforests filled with ferns, pines and flowering plants remnants of ancient Gondwanan forests that once covered the Australian continent.

In the early afternoon, both tour options stop at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat for lunch (at own expense).

After lunch, you'll have some free time to feed the birds, shop in the gift shop, or just enjoy the scenery in the heart of the national park. From there, rest up on the return drive back down the mountain, and out to the Gold Coast to be dropped off at your hotel.

Itinerary:

Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls: 4.2 miles (6.7 km)The walking track on this moderate walk is graded, but fairly easy. You’ll wind down through an emerald landscape of Queensland brush box and strangler figs, arriving at superb views of the waterfalls near Picnic Rock.
A 10-minute detour takes you down to Elabana Falls where you can scramble over some boulders for an even better view of the cascade. After watching the water show and snapping a few pics, follow your guide back up the track with a steady, but gentle, incline.
Arrive at O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, the first attraction of its kind in Australia, and stroll along a series of suspension bridges some 65 feet (20 meters) above the forest floor. The walk showcases some sweeping views of the McPherson Range and the rainforest canopy.
Box Forest Falls 6.8 miles (11km)This moderate hike is a spectacular experience. The walking track is graded in most parts, there are some rocks to climb, but it's not hard. Head out with your guide on the Border Track then turning down towards Box Forest falls taking in the breathtaking giant Brush Box trees, waterfalls and cascades that follow this track. Morning tea at a peaceful waterhole by the Toolona creek, another few minutes and we arrive at the stunning Box Forest Waterfall. Keep an eye out for blue Lamington crayfish, which are only found on the Lamington & Springbrook Plateau. Back at O'Reillys enjoy the Tree Top Walk before you head back to the Gold Coast.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Please wear closed-toe shoes, suitable for walking

Please bring a jacket, sunscreen and insect repellent

A moderate level of fitness is required

Restrooms are available at the trailhead

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund