Beechmont, Gold Coast Area
Binna Burra, Lamington National Park, with beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Declared in 1915, Lamington was saved from the logging and farming that changed much of the McPherson Range. It protects Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife, such as the spotted-tailed quoll and Albert’s lyrebird.
There are two sections to Lamington: Binna Burra and Green Mountains. Both offer great bushwalking, birdwatching and camping opportunities. Stay at the Binna Burra resort or in the privately-run campground. Explore the 21.4 kilometre Border track, built in the late 1930s. From Bellbird lookout, see Turtle Rock, Egg Rock and Numinbah Valley, examples of natural erosion. Walk the Caves circuit for views of Coomera Valley. In the picnic area (wheelchair-accessible toilets), look for Richmond birdwing butterflies, orchids and king parrots.