Explore Queensland’s Lamington National Park on this small-group hiking tour with an experienced guide. Part of the UNESCO–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Lamington boasts a pristine landscape of waterfalls, ancient trees, and native wildlife. Hike past Brush Box trees en route to Picnic Rock and then on to Elabana Falls before returning via the Tree Top Walk. Transportation from Gold Coast and Brisbane hotels is included. This tour is limited to 11 people to provide a small-group experience.
Day trip to Lamington National Park from the Gold Coast or Brisbane
A moderate hiking trail to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls
Listen to birds and learn about forest biodiversity in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area
Snap photos of the McPherson Range from O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, immersed in the rainforest canopy
Includes minivan transport from Gold Coast hotels
Small-group tour limited to 11 ensures personalized attention
Why Travellers Choose This Tour
Take in all the highlights of the Lamington National in just one day.
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Coffee and/or Tea
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What To Expect
Your day trip begins with pickup at Gold Coast or Brisbane hotels by minivan for the drive to Lamington National Park. Upon arrival at the park, get ready for your hike by fueling up with snacks (bring your own) and listening to your guide’s introduction to your hiking route, including a few safety tips. (See the Itinerary section for details about the hike to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls).
Then set off on your hike, wandering through Lamington’s lush, UNESCO–listed rain forest landscape made up of pine trees, ferns, and flowering plants, all remains of the ancient Gondwanan forests that once blanketed Australia. In the afternoon, arrive at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where you can visit the cafe to purchase lunch (own expense).
After lunch, enjoy a little free time to check out the gift shop, feed the local birds or just admire the scenery from your location in the middle of the park. From O’Reilly’s, drive back down the mountain and then onto your hotel for drop-off.
Lamington National Park
The adventure begins with a scenic drive from the coast up to the Lamington Plateau, with ample opportunity for keen eyed explorers to absorb the spectacular valley views and spot native wildlife during the climb. Following a quick safety briefing at the trailhead the adventure continues on foot, experiencing a section of Antarctic Beech forest and witnessing some of the oldest Brush Box trees in the National Park. After stopping for morning tea at the appropriately named Picnic Rock, the hike continues on to one of the world’s most breathtaking waterfalls. A final scramble over some challenging boulders reveals the kind of view people travel across the globe to experience - Elabana Falls. Take as long as you need to indulge your senses in this beautiful spot before returning via the world renowned Tree Top Walk and experiencing life in the canopy of one of the world's oldest rainforests.
6 hours • Admission Ticket Free
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 to high level of fitness is required
Restrooms are available at the trailhead
Not wheelchair accessible
Elabana Falls has a number of boulders to climb/scramble over for the best viewpoint
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Hike through the rain forest.
David_S, Mar 2020
This was a brilliant day out in the Gold Coast. Our driver and guide was Julian and although there were only three of us, he was excellent and provided us with lots of interesting facts and information about the area. The hike through the rain forest was excellent. Also, all drinks, snacks and lunch was provided. The experience of feeding the birds was great fun. All in all, an excellent day and extremely good value.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hey David, We appreciate the time you've taken to leave such a great review! We are glad you enjoyed the whole tour including feeding the wonderful birds we get up there. Thank you very much and all the best!
Gerd, Feb 2020
Unforgettable impressions. Great tour with a great tour guide who explained every detail you asked him.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you Gerd, happy to hear you had a great time on our tour! Thank you for booking with Rainforest Tours Australia :)
Super Awesome Tour
SHENGQI_Z, Sept 2019
Awesome tour! 30km walk and some climbing. Fantastic falls and never so close to the nature. Small group tour with professional guide.
Response from Host, Sept 2019
Thank you for your feedback. It was great to share such a wonderful day with you exploring Lamington National Park. Hope to see you again next time you visit!!
tn802114, Aug 2018
The tour guide was super nice, the views are fabulous. I love it!!!!! We took a walk on the rocks along the brook, that's an unforgettable experience.
This was a great experience. Our...
Sean E, Oct 2017
This was a great experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local plants and animals, and she had great enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with us. Lamington Park is beautiful and not too far from Broadbeach where we were staying. Hike was long enough for a good workout but not so long as to be exhausting. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the rainforest.
I had a extremely great time during...
brenda861031, Aug 2017
I had a extremely great time during this trip. The scene and wildlife are fantastic. I strongly recommend people can visit there to relax and get closer to nature. The tour guide also is lovely and professional, and I learn a lot in this trip.
My favorite part of this tour was...
Audra K, Mar 2017
My favorite part of this tour was Kaylene, she has had such anot amazing life and I loved hearing her stories! The hike isn't hard, just a slight uphill on the way back. It's very pretty, especially the waterfall, and I absolutely loved seeing the wildlife! So glad I went on this tour!
I had the most magical time walking...
Katherine P, Aug 2016
I had the most magical time walking through Lamington NP for my final day in Gold Coast. I loved the waterfalls and had a great guide in Kaylene. I could not have asked for a better excursion and I will recommend her company to any of my friends who plan to visit the area.
the guide is helpful and friendly. I...
Denise, July 2016
the guide is helpful and friendly. I enjoy the hiking very much.
My family and I had a very enjoyable...
Eustaquio S, Dec 2015
My family and I had a very enjoyable tour organised by Rainforest Tours Australia. The hike through the rainforest was awesome culminating in a most beautiful Elabana falls. The 6KM walk is suitable for all ages, even my 5 year old son did it.