As the backbone of the Lamington walking track system, the Border Track will take you on a discovery of stunning waterfalls, awe-inspiring views and fascinating wildlife. The walk includes some of the most impressive vistas in Lamington National Park. On a clear day, lookouts provide spectacular views of the Limpinwood Valley, Mount Warning, the Tweed Range and the distant Gold Coast.
The track winds through dense rainforest, interspersed with Antarctic Beech on the higher slopes. During winter months, you'll likely hear the loud ringing call of the Albert's lyrebird. There's no shortage of sights and sounds to amaze you as you make your way along this seven-hour scenic journey, complete with temperate and sub-tropical rainforest, ancient families of flowering plants, and a variety of wildlife that call this World Heritage-listed natural wonder home.
The track is also a section of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. It connects the Binna Burra and Green Mountains sections of Lamington National Park, passing through warm and cool subtropical, and warm and cool temperate rainforest. These varied rainforest communities contain many ancient families of flowering plants: the bolwarra family (Eupomatiacea), pepperbush (Winteraceae), laurels (Lauraceae), lillypillies (Myrtaceae), and the southern beech (Fagaceae). Large clumps of Antarctic Beech, a cool temperate species, grow at higher elevations, particularly between Mount Bithongabel and Mount Merino (half way to Binna Burra). Mount Bithongabel, 12.6 kilometres from Green Mountains is the most accessible lookout.
There is no shorter way to walk from either trailhead in the park. Stay on the Border Track. Other routes may appear to reduce the distance, but end up being longer. The track is 22 kilometres one-way and takes approximately seven hours.
Keep to tracks and take care near cliff edges, at lookouts, on rocks and near waterfalls, especially in wet weather. Never stand on cliff edges while looking through a camera or binoculars. Many tracks have steep drop-offs beside them, so walk carefully. Keep children under close supervision - a steep drop-off may be just around the corner.
Visit the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service website for track details, safety information and closures.
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