Lamington National Park Hiking Tour from the Gold Coast: Picnic Rock or Tooloona Creek
Take a guided hike through Lamington National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. Choose from two routes: a moderate hike to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls, or the longer Tooloona Creek Circuit. Follow an experienced guide through lush rainforests filled with ancient trees, creekside waterfalls and diverse wildlife. Finish with a cappuccino and lunch at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. Includes minivan transport from Gold Coast hotels. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring an intimate experience.
A minivan picks you up at your hotel for a scenic drive to Lamington National Park, located 27 miles (45 km) inland from the Gold Coast. During the 50-minute ride, look for views of Mt Lindsay and Mt Barney.
When you get to the park, enjoy a break to fuel up on snacks (be sure to bring your own) before your selected hike, as your guide explains the route and provides a few safety instructions. In the Itinerary section below, you can read more about the hiking options.
No matter what route you take, expect to walk through Lamington's cool, damp rainforests filled with ferns, pines and flowering plants — remnants of ancient Gondwanan forests that once covered the Australian continent.
In the early afternoon, both tour options stop at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat for lunch. Help yourself to tea, coffee and cappuccino as you wait for the staff to serve up a scrumptious roast lunch with dessert in the dining room, which stays open to accommodate your small group.
After lunch, you'll have some free time to feed the birds, shop in the gift shop, or just enjoy the scenery in the heart of the national park. From there, rest up on the return drive back down the mountain, and out to the Gold Coast to be dropped off at your hotel.