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Lamington National Park Hiking Tour from the Gold Coast: Picnic Rock or Box Forest Falls

  • Day trip to Lamington National Park from the Gold Coast
  • Select a moderate hiking trail to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls
  • Or extend your hike to 7 miles (11 km) on the Box Forest Falls Hike
Lamington National Park Hiking Tour from the Gold Coast: Picnic Rock or Box Forest Falls
From USD 94.58
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Box Forest FallsMost Popular
7-mile (11-km ) hike (9-hour day trip). A moderate level of fitness is required. Includes pickup and drop-off from selected Gold Coast hotels and lunch at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
From USD 109.25
Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls
4.2-mile (6.7-km) hike (7.5-hour day trip). A moderate level of fitness is required. Includes pickup and drop-off from selected Gold Coast hotels
From USD 94.58
The Great Wilderness
Hike the spectacular Coomera Circuit Gorge up at Lamington National Park. This track takes you 18 kms over 5 - 6 hrs through magnificent rainforests, waterfalls, creek crossings & amazing lookouts.
From USD 101.92
Explore Queensland’s Lamington National Park on this hiking tour with an experienced guide. Part of the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Lamington boasts a pristine landscape of waterfalls, ancient trees and native wildlife. When booking, choose from two hikes—a moderate route to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls or a longer route, Box Forest Falls hike. Transportation from Gold Coast hotels is included. This tour is limited to 12 people to provide a small-group experience.
What to Expect
Your day trip begins with pickup at Gold Coast hotels by minivan for the 27-mile (45-km) drive inland to Lamington National Park. During the approximate 1-hour drive, admire views of Mt Barney and Mt Lindsay. 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 both hikes—Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls and the Box Forest Falls hike; select the hike you wish to take when booking).

Then set off on your hike, wandering through Lamington’s lush, World Heritage–listed rainforest landscape made up of pine trees, ferns and flowering plants, all remains of the ancient Gondwanan forests that once blanketed Australia. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where you can visit the cafe to purchase lunch. (not included)

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, you’ll drive back down the mountain and then onto the Gold Coast for hotel drop-off.
Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls: 4.2 miles (6.7 km)The walking track on this moderate walk is graded, but fairly easy. You’ll wind down through an emerald landscape of Queensland brush box and strangler figs, arriving at superb views of the waterfalls near Picnic Rock.
A 10-minute detour takes you down to Elabana Falls where you can scramble over some boulders for an even better view of the cascade. After watching the water show and snapping a few pics, follow your guide back up the track with a steady, but gentle, incline.
Arrive at O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, the first attraction of its kind in Australia, and stroll along a series of suspension bridges some 65 feet (20 meters) above the forest floor. The walk showcases some sweeping views of the McPherson Range and the rainforest canopy.
Box Forest Falls 6.8 miles (11km)This moderate hike is a spectacular experience. The walking track is graded in most parts, there are some rocks to climb, but it's not hard. Head out with your guide on the Border Track then turning down towards Box Forest falls taking in the breathtaking giant Brush Box trees, waterfalls and cascades that follow this track. Morning tea at a peaceful waterhole by the Toolona creek, another few minutes and we arrive at the stunning Box Forest Waterfall. Keep an eye out for blue Lamington crayfish, which are only found on the Lamington & Springbrook Plateau. Back at O'Reillys enjoy the Tree Top Walk before you head back to the Gold Coast.
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Reviews (18)
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Reviewed 15 October 2018
Kaylene Whitley - A Professional's Professional! The Best!

This is one of the best tours we've experienced - ever! Kaylene is a top-notch professional. She is courteous, knowledgeable and is very caring about the experience. She is a fabulous advocate of nature and is exactly the type of person anyone interested in taking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sfeisin
Reviewed 3 September 2018
She works hard for her money!

We took the Elabana & Box Forest Falls hike. Not exactly what we booked -- we were pleasantly surprised on our pickup that we received a free upgrade. The forest was immensely beautiful. The hike was off the beaten track. We saw almost no one...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brett L
rainforest2014, Owner at Rainforest Tours Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thanks Brett, I appreciate your kind reviews. It was a great day with you guys, hope to see you again for more adventures. Thank you. Cheers, Kaylene

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Amazing trip! Definitely the tour to pick!

This was an amazing hiking trip! Kaylene was a wonderful guide. She really cares about providing a good hiking experience, and you can really tell that she loves what she does. This is also a very immersive trip in which you get to spend a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Emma H
Reviewed 26 July 2018
4-mile of hiking tour in the Lamington National Park

My friends and I did a guided hiking tour in the Lamington National Park. It was 4 miles of hiking tour. Kaylene Whitley was our tour guide and she was awesome! She was really good at explaining history of some interesting trees and plants. This...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Seulki K
Reviewed 16 June 2018
Box Forest Falls - highlight of my Gold Coast trip!

The Lamington National Park tour with Kaylene has been the highlight of my trip to the Gold Coast! I went to Springbrook the day before and while that was beautiful, this was simply amazing - plus it's less busy so you feel like you have...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Elizabeth C
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