Your day trip begins with pickup at Gold Coast or Brisbane hotels by minivan for the drive to Lamington National Park. Upon arrival at the park, get ready for your hike by fueling up with snacks (bring your own) and listening to your guide’s introduction to your hiking route, including a few safety tips. (See the Itinerary section for details about the hike to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls).
Then set off on your hike, wandering through Lamington’s lush, UNESCO–listed rain forest landscape made up of pine trees, ferns, and flowering plants, all remains of the ancient Gondwanan forests that once blanketed Australia. In the afternoon, arrive at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where you can visit the cafe to purchase lunch (own expense).
After lunch, enjoy a little free time to check out the gift shop, feed the local birds or just admire the scenery from your location in the middle of the park. From O’Reilly’s, drive back down the mountain and then onto your hotel for drop-off.