There are many temptations, some safe to indulge, others best resisted, on the Border Track in Lamington National Park. Swinging Tarzan-like through the rainforest on twisted vines; hugging majestic, moss-cloaked ancient Antarctic beech trees; and luring trapdoor spiders from track and bank holes (gaping or wearing leaf-matter caps) are three. So the 21.4km (one-way) walk along the Queensland-New South Wales border between Lamington’s Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections can take longer than you expect.
Apart from a steady climb to begin and a similarly angled final descent, this walk is mostly flat, and its length can be more challenging than its profile. Most people could comfortably complete it in 8 hours, however the fabulous bird life can rob you of impetus (the cry-cum-miaow heard throughout the park is the green catbird); as can the lookouts.
At several places along the track you can see south into the Tweed Valley, a vast erosion caldera from which rises Wollumbin-Mt Warning, the remnant central vent.
For the ultimate on-foot adventure here, sign up for the Stinson Walk and retrace a famous mountain rescue.