Lamington National Park Tree Top Walk – Complete Guide

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Lamington National Park Tree Top Walk, also known as O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk, is a fun-fuelled attraction suitable for all types of visitors!

Featuring 9 suspension bridges, 15 meters above the ground in the rainforest canopy and spanning across 160 meters, this is one heck of an adventure not to be missed!

I have put together this complete guide to the Tree Top Walk including where to find it, how much it costs, and what to expect when you’re there!

Also, at the bottom of this blog post, you will find my recommendations on where to stay in Lamington National Park, a list of fun-fuelled Gold Coast tours, and more of my Gold Coast travel guides that you might like to check out!

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WHERE IS LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK TREE TOP WALK

O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk is located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests in Lamington National Park, South East Queensland.

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From the main tourist hub on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, it’s approximately a 1.5-hour drive to reach Lamington National Park. From the southern end of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta, the journey time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

If you are based in Brisbane and wish to visit from here, the journey time is approximately 2 hours.

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HOW TO GET HERE

There is no public transport to access Lamington National Park so you will need to have your own vehicle to make the drive to O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk.

The road leading out to Lamington National Park is unbelievably scenic with a few lookout points along the way that are clearly signposted and worthy of stopping at to take a quick photo.

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LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK TOURS

Alternatively, you can book a tour to Lamington National Park departing from either Brisbane or Gold Coast which includes return transfers from your hotel, a tour of Lamington National Park and its waterfalls, breathtaking views on the O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk, and much more!

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BEST TIME TO VISIT O’REILLY’S TREETOP WALK

Lamington National Park Tree Top Walk is quite a popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will get to enjoy this epic location with fewer people.

The best time to visit, in my opinion, is early in the morning just after sunrise, or late in the afternoon for sunset.

I visited at around 8 am and there were no other tourists in sight. It’s always a bonus when you get to experience a place like this to yourself!

If you visit during sunset, you’ll get to witness incredible colors fill the valley beneath you due to its west-facing position.

Do note that if you visit at sunset, you’ll most likely have to walk back to the parking lot in the dark so be prepared and pack a torch.

If you are planning to spend an entire day exploring Lamington National Park, I recommend pre-packing a lunch and taking your reusable water bottle before heading up the mountain.

There is only one cafe which is O’Reilly’s Mountain Cafe, though their menu can be quite expensive if you’re on a tight budget.

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THE ENTRANCE 

The entrance to the Treetop Walk can be found directly across the road from the main reception area of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Look for the big sign that says ‘Booyong Walk’.

The best part is there is no entrance fee which means guests can visit completely FREE of charge! At the end of the walk, however, there is a donation box if you wish to contribute some money that goes towards the upkeep of this fun-fuelled attraction.

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The Booyong Walk features a wooden boardwalk beneath a subtropical rainforest and an enclosed world of lush green foliage that will lead you to the first suspension bridge.

When you reach the starting point, there are a few signposts with safety rules to have a read-through before you continue the adventure along the suspension bridges and through the treetops.

It takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete the Treetop Walk from start to finish.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The Treetop Walk can be a knee-jittering activity for some, though rest assured it’s completely safe to do so. 

The O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk takes you into a sunlit world where the trees and vines of the rainforest canopy flower and fruit. I highly recommend taking your time as it’s an exhilarating and enlightening experience that you will not soon forget! 

The diversity of the Gondwana Rainforest is every bit awe-inspiring and from the walkway, you can observe 60 species of trees, 14 species of vines as well as the many birds, ferns, and orchids.

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THE OBSERVATION DECKS

Apart from the suspension bridges on the Lamington Park Tree Top Walk, you will also find a series of ladders that can be climbed to reach two observation decks in the canopy of a Strangler Fig tree.

The first viewing platform sits at 24 meters above the ground and the second platform sits at 30 meters. When you reach the top, you’ll be welcomed with incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Don’t forget to take your camera with you to capture some awesome photos at the top.

Once you’ve enjoyed the view from the top of the observation decks, climb back down the ladders and continue along the last suspension bridge to the end of the Treetop Walk.

When you reach the finish, you have the choice of taking the trail to the right which is in the direction of the Border Track, Box Forest Circuit, and Elabana Falls, or you can take the Booyong Walk trail to the left which leads back to the starting point at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

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WHERE TO STAY IN LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

There are only a few places to stay in Lamington National Park to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

LUXURY: O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT

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MID-RANGE: CANUNGRA HOTEL

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BUDGET: THE CANUNGRA MOTEL

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WHAT TO PACK FOR LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

When visiting Lamington National Park, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the falls.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the falls.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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