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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.