It shares its name with a square of sponge cake rolled in chocolate and desiccated coconut – the classic Aussie lamington – but Lamington National Park, a classic bushwalking Queensland heeadliner, is a very different kind of treat. Protecting 20,000 hectares of thickly forested and precipitous McPherson Range, the park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Region.
More than 150km of walking trails venture deep into prehistoric forest watered by Cointreau-clear creeks and tumbling cascades. The 22km Border Track, runs along the Queensland-New South Wales border, sometimes within sight of but always remote from the highrise Gold Coast. It links the Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections of the park, both camping and hard-top accommodation bases.
Walking options range from boardwalks through vine forest noisy with birds to all-day walks, none more challenging than the privately guided Stinson Walk. The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk also passes through the park.
Stay alert for leeches in wetter areas and check yourself for ticks after each fabulous day out.