Stretching out across the McPherson Ranges, this UNESCO World Heritage listed area comprises Australia’s largest remnant of sub-tropical rainforest.
Lamington is characterised by rugged mountain scenery, breathtaking lookouts, tumbling waterfalls, caves, fern gullies, and more than 160kms of Australia’s most diverse walking trails.
On the highest peaks, misty forests of ancient Antarctic beech trees date back over 2000 years, whilst in the valley, crystal clear streams cascade over moss covered boulders into deep mountain pools.
Lamington is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including rare and endangered animals such as the blue Lamington crayfish. With more than 230 bird species, Lamington is home to Australia’s largest collection of sub-tropical birds.
A system of well formed and gently graded trails allows visitors easy access to the majority of the parks features - ranging from palm filled valleys with waterfalls and crystal clear rivers to mist covered mountain tops (1100 metres) clothed in cool-temperate rainforests dominated by Antarctic Beech trees. In between you can visit the spectacular eroded cliffs, enjoy wonderful vistas or stroll through the wildflowers in shrubby heath-lands.
Good signage exists and carefully prepared maps and self-guiding brochures are available from the Lodge. When combined with the safe environment and equitable sub-tropical climate they make Lamington National Park the most user-friendly rainforest wilderness in the world- all a mere 90 minutes drive from Brisbane International Airport.
Flora & Fauna
Binna Burra is centre stage to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural features. Winding through ancient Antarctic Beech forest, along exposed escarpments and into heath-land, be amazed by the rich abundance of birds and unique wildlife that inhabit this complex and diverse ecosystem.
There are literally 100's of flowering plants within Lamington National Park including trees, shrubs, vines and creepers, small herbs and grasses, orchids, lilies and related species and other specialised plants such as the parasites like mistletoe. Some of the flora to be found includes: tree waratah, white heath, flame kurrajong, stinging tree, antarctic beech tree, ironbark orchid, king orchid, red cedar, wild tobacco, sundew, and grass tree.
There is a myriad of fauna to be found around Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and its surrounds in the Lamington National Park.
Most of the Park's reptiles and amphibians are best seen during the summer. The majority of reptiles are active during the warmer part of the day, although some species are nocturnal. Amphibians (frogs and toads) are active day or night under certain circumstances and can be heard calling from either water areas or special habitats such as the beech forest.
There are also a lot of beautiful bird species to be found within Lamington National Park. Some of the bird species commonly found around Binna Burra include: the bee-eater, king parrot, kookabuura, rainbow lorikeet, crimson rosella, and many more.
Most of the Park's mammals are marsupials (pouched mammals). These mammals are nocturnal, highly active and frequently canopy feeders. Pademelons can be found in large numbers on the grassed areas around the Lodge in the evening.
Other mammals found in the park are: echidnas, quolls, koalas, possums, and wallabies. A number of invertebrates can also be found within the Lodge grounds and immediate surroundings, or by walking through Lamington National Park. The spiny blue crayfish, butterflies, cicadas, dragonflies, mites, spiders, giant worms and others.
Binna Burra provides an opportunity to see a diverse range of bird species in rainforest and open forest within easy walking distance on graded tracks in close proximity to the Lodge.
More than 150 bird species feature on the Binna Burra bird list. Rainforest specialists include the Noisy Pitta, Albert's Lyrebird, Regent Bowerbird, Pale Yellow Robin, Rose Robin, Rufous Scrub-bird, Paradise Riflebird, Wompoo and Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove and Topknot Pigeons. In the spring and summer migrant visitors include Spectacled, Black-faced and White-eared Monarchs, a variety of species of Cuckoos and many more.