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Visit Binna Burra at Lamington National Park

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published May 1st 2015
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Visit Binna Burra @ Lamington National Park

For many people Binna Burra is synonymous with Lamington National Park and it is a fantastic gateway for hiking in Lamington. Binna Burra also is a location for accommodation, great food and a range of adventure activities.

Coomera Falls
Coomera Falls


There are actually several sections to Lamington National Park, with the other section being the Green Mountains Section, which is usually referred to as O'Reilly's.


Getting there

This is the most accessible part of Lamington National Park, only 90 minutes driver from Brisbane and 50 minutes drive from the Gold Coast it is a perfect day trip from either of these two locations.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


For tourists, private transfers can be arranged through the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and start at $95 for one way transfer in a sedan car that can carry up to 4 people.

Staying

The most famous accommodation is run by the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge which was established in 1933. They provide a range of accommodation from the 80 year old Grooms Cottage, to apartments and rooms.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


They also run a private campsite including complete tent packages, powered sites suitable for campervans and unpowered campsites. The campsite includes full shower and toilet facilities and coin operated washing machines and barbecues. There are also fire pits for having a campfire with wood available on request.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


An alternative is the Alcheringa Holiday Retreat which is a beautiful 4 bedroom house nestled in the rainforest.

Courtesy of Alcheringa Holiday Retreat
Courtesy of Alcheringa Holiday Retreat


There are additional accommodation options further down the mountain outside the national park but still within an easy drive of Lamington.

There is also options for bush camping. The main one is the Illinbah site on the Illinbah circuit. It is 4 km down along the track and you need to be completely self sufficient and book in advance through the National Parks website to secure your spot.

Dining

For casual visitors to Binna Burra, the Lamington Teahouse is the place to visit. With great views, friendly service, great cafe-style food, good coffee and course a selection of cakes including delicious lamingtons. Many people drive up to Binna Burra just for the tea house.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


Open 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday, it opens for breakfast at 7:30 am on the weekend and stays open until 8 pm on Saturday night for dinner including live acoustic music.

They can also provide takeaway lunches, picnic hampers and BBQ packs.They have been known to do takeaway dinners for people camping if you ask nicely.

For regular breakfast and dinner options the Cliff Top Dining room is a fantastic option with the Lodge Bar opening daily for drinks and afternoon tea.

Cliff Top Dining Room (Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge)
Cliff Top Dining Room (Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge)


Hiking

The main reason to go to Binna Burra is for hiking as this section of Lamington National Park is home to a wide selection of varied hikes.

For views, a quick 2 km return walk to the Bellbird Lookout is well worth it. However most interesting short walk is the 5 km Caves Circuit, which is not actually a full circuit as you complete the journey by following the road back.

Another nice option is the Tullawallal Circuit which is also 5 km and takes you along the stream. My favourite short walk is Gwongoorool Tack that takes you down to Gwongoorool Pool.

Gwongoorool Pool is nice place for a swim on hot summer days
Gwongoorool Pool is nice place for a swim on hot summer days


For serious hikers the 12 km Daves Creek Circuit is one of most popular tracks. Famous for the variety of terrain it passes through with features such as Caves, Waterfalls and a scramble up Surprise Rock, where most people choose to stop for lunch.

Numinbah Valley View
Numinbah Valley View


Another hike of a similar length is the Lower Bellbird Circuit. While not as varied as Daves Creek Circuit the highlight is a very beautiful falls.

There are a number of longer hikes. The Coomera Circuit follows along Coomera Gorge with amazing views of waterfalls and the gorge before returning via the border track.

Coomera Falls
Coomera Falls


Also along the border track is are a number of tracks include the 18.2 km Mount Hobwee Circuit. The circuit is only at the end of the track and much of the hike is a return trip along the border track. Mount Hobwee itself doesn't provide much in the way of views but a side trip to the Araucaria Lookout provides great views down the Numinbah Valley.

View from the Border Track
View from the Border Track


Ships Stern Circuit is a total of 21 kms and while not suitable for casual hikers is a popular hike for fitter hikers.

The Illinbah Circuit is about 17 km. The track is not that well maintained, often requiring scrambling over fallen trees or wading through creeks. Its main feature is a bush camp site half-way along its length.

Last but not least, you can take the border track to O'Reiily's. Most people hike the 21.4 km trip one way and either camp at the other end before hiking back the next day or arrange a lift back. I do know some people who have done the entire return journey in a single day, even running some of the sections.

Other activities

Compared with O'Reilly's, Binna Burra is a little less touristy, but there are still many activities in the area. For those heading for the mountains to relax there is Yoga Thursday to Sunday mornings at the Binna Burra Lodge as well as massage therapy to ease away your tensions or help your legs recover from a long hike.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


Adventure activities include Abeilling, Flying Foxes and Archery as well as guided walks of all levels including night spotlighting tours. Many of these activities are suitable for kids.

Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge
Courtesy of Binna Burra Lodge


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Where: At the end of Binna Burra Road, Binna Burra, Qld
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