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Published April 22nd 2013
Mountain Teahouse and Binna Burra Picnic Area
Tucked away on the mountain top in Binna Burra (a part of Lamington National Park), The Lamington Teahouse with spectacular views over the valley, is the perfect place for day trippers to escape the city and forget about rush hour.
The Lamington Teahouse also known as the Binna Burra Teahouse or Cafe
Open all day Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am, the Teahouse serves a variety of cakes, cold drinks, cafe style meals, snacks, and a range of coffees or teas. There are three areas or rooms in the Teahouse. The middle area is furnished with comfy couches and a pot belly stove to keep you warm through those cool winter months.
The front room of the Lamington Teahouse overlooking the stunning valley has a variety of tables, chairs and cushions to keep the customer in comfort while soaking in the type of views that will keep you coming back for more.
View from the front room of the Lamington Teahouse in Binna Burra
The room at the entrance contains outdoor undercover casual seating for those who want to breathe in the fresh mountain air.
For the outdoor lover who wants to spend every minute out in the fresh air, the Binna Burra Picnic Area, next door to the teahouse sports a few big clean barbeques with lots of bench space, at least five very solid large picnic tables, plus an extra few undercover, and of course, toilets. Bring your own plastic bags for rubbish though, as there are no bins.
Binna Burra Picnic Area
The Binna Burra Picnic Area is home to countless chirping singing birds, lizards, paddymelons and the Australian Brush Turkey (or commonly known as the Bush Turkey) who you are most likely to see rummaging around for anything they can get their beaks on.
The beauty of Binna Burra is that you are almost guaranteed to see animals of some sort. I have had the pleasure of viewing countless snakes and pademelons at Binna Burra. For those who haven't seen a pademelon, it looks a bit like a miniature round kangaroo crossed with a possum.
If, after your picnic or meal at the Lamington Teahouse, you wish to walk off the kilos and get happily lost in your thoughts wandering the rainforest, there is a large undercover map detailing many of the walks and their features. Along the walks, there are signs and information on the area, types of trees and surroundings.
Binna Burra Picnic Area BBQ
There are trails that go for days, as well as a short 1km rainforest walk. Always pack food, water and a map if you decide to do a longer trail. It is easy to get lost or lose track of time when you are so distracted by the beauty of this area.
Binna Burra Picnic Area Maps and Toilets to the right
Finally, if you decide at the end of the day you are just not ready to leave, you could always take up the opportunity to stay at the campsite in onsite safari tents (BYO sleeping bag/linen) right next door to the Teahouse. If you have extra cash to splash you could indulge a little more at the nearby Binna Burra Mountain Lodge which is just a few minutes' walk down the road.
But like most of us, if life beckons back in the big smoke, you will still be smiling as you enjoy the lovely leisurely drive back down the mountain with glimpses of the Hinze Dam through the trees.
Just remember to put your car into second gear to save the life of your brakes down the steep curvy mountain road.
Note: The Lamington Teahouse also goes by the name of Binna Burra Teahouse Cafe and Licensed Restaurant.