Known as the "green behind the gold", the World Heritage-listed national parks of Queensland's Gold Coast hinterland form a tranquil, cool retreat from the heat of the beaches below - and Lamington National Park is no exception. It protects Australia's largest tract of sub-tropical rainforest and the area sustains a huge variety of fauna and flora.
There are two main entry points to the park. At Binna Burra, there is a campsite as well as mountain lodges. At O'Reilly's, there is a guesthouse offering accommodation. Day trippers are made welcome in either spot. At O'Reilly's the popular treetop walk takes you to the rainforest canopy for a close-up view in Lamington National Park.
Visitors can also see the bronze statue erected to commemorate the rescue of two survivors of a plane crash - a stirring story indeed. Whichever entry point you choose, there are well-marked walks of differing lengths so that all visitors have a chance to explore Lamington National Park.
Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.