Binna Burra is like the poor cousin of O'Reillys though it has just as much to offer without the scary drive to get there.
I has a lovely restaurant (brand new after the previous one was burnt down) with views at the embarkation point and plenty of picnic spots.
However, it must be said that there is one small drawback and that is that you have almost an hour's walk before you get to a waterfall.
Having noted that, afterwards it's waterfall heaven with a new one appearing every 5-10 minutes. Beforehand you get to see lots of vegetation, as you would expect in a rainforest, and with it you'll see some strange and unusual shapes, as shown in the pictures included here.
The first fall is Coomera and it's also the biggest drop. It comes in from two fronts, as shown in the opening picture but the view from the lookout post is as close as you'll get.
From then on the loop trail zig-zags across creeks and waterfalls seem never ending. Eventually though, you'll reach a level where the trail starts to rise and you're heading for home along the top of the plateau.
All of this should take you around 6 hours and you should be fit before you start a walk like this.
The trail itself is well marked so you are in no danger of getting lost.
The hinterland of the Gold Coast has some magnificent rainforest, much of it locked up in the Lamington National Park fortunately.
However, there's an icon that preceded the national parks and it's arguably Australia's best known guest house.
Much of the area surrounding is what is known as dry rainforest because scree slopes mean that vegetation is relatively sparse in the undergrowth.
It takes a good hour to reach O'Reilly's from Surfers and that's mainly because of the last 35 kms after you turn off at Canungra.
Sure, it's quite good for the first few k's but, after that when it starts climbing be prepared to average around 40kph.
It's twisty, it's narrow, it's scenic and it's unforgettable. At the end is the guest house, villas, a wellness centre and a NPWS office with walking maps and information.
From here there are walks aplenty, around a dozen in fact, ranging from short to multiple overnight.
I went down the Brush Box Trail to Elebana Falls (pics 1 and 5), probably the most photographed of all the falls in Lamington and second only to the Natural Arch which lies closer to the coast on a different road.
Binna Burra, and what do you come here for?
Walking in the beautiful rainforest and taking in the Wildlife, Birdlife & scenery of course!
Binna Burra has lots of different trails you can do. Lots are quite a distance, up to 24km return, and difficulty level varies.
As I had limited time, I only did the "Rainforest Circuit". This track is 1.2km return, is easy walking and takes about 30mins to complete. It's a nice overview of the Rainforest, we saw fungi, and heard a pair of Lyrebirds calling each other, plus a variety of other Bird Calls.
"The Caves Circuit" I have done previously. This takes you down the side of the mountain where you get good views of the Coomera Gorge. The Kweebani Caves were created by wind and rain erosion and were used for shelter and cooking by the aborigines.
It is fairly easy walking the 5km return track.
The circuit starts beside the car park near the Information Centre.
The listed website gives details of all the trails that are available to do, please check it out if you want to know more.
This lookout is a MUST STOP on the way up to O'Reilly's.
It is located about 10kms from O'Reilly's, not far from the Llama Cafe & Gift shop, so keep your eyes peeled for the noticed board and road, located on the LEFT HAND SIDE, heading up the Mountain.
The views are far reaching, and breathtaking, views of Valley's and many Mountains.
A Bronze map will tell you the names of what you happen to be looking at.
O'Reilly's......... and probably one of the few places where you can walk high up amongst the tops of the Trees for FREE!
The tree top walk consists of 9 suspension bridges up to 16 metres above ground, and was the 1st one of its kind in Australia.
As we walked through the canopy, we saw many different kinds of trees, vines, Orchids, Ferns, didn't see the Birds, but could here them in the Trees.
Two observation decks have been constructed in a Strangler Fig above the walk way, the highest one being 30 metres above the ground.
You need to climb a ladder [protected by wire screens] to get a closer look at the orchids and ferns growing on the tree, as well as the view out over the rainforest canopy.
Not Me!!, I have only done the suspension bridge walk several times!
Early or late in the day is the best time to visit it, as in the middle of the day, it is very busy with Tourist's.
THIS IS FREE
If you are scared of heights, it will probably be too scary for you, it does swing a little, and is very high up, as it is in the tree tops.
Tree Top Walk is only 300 metres from the Guesthouse via the Booyong Walk, a rainforest boardwalk.
This is really a must visit if you can find the time.
The drive here is scenic with views for miles and miles, in one part you pass through beautiful Rainforest, and there is also the possibility of seeing Wallabies on the drive.
Once at the top, then its time to go walking. You do not have to do long trails, there are short walks, and this gives you a chance to see the numerous birdlife that abounds in this area. We have been lucky and seen the Regent Bower Bird, all you have to do is BE QUIET!
A nice pass time was watching the people feeding the wild Parrots(Crimson Rosella's & King Parrots) while we were enjoying afternoon tea at the Cafe. Here, the Brush Turkeys abound, you have to be careful as they hop on the tables with you....are scavengers!
On another visit to this delightful place, we have brought a picnic lunch and had, there is plenty of lawn area, with seats, tables, and Toilets.
It is a very pleasant place to visit, much cooler in Summer, and Cold in Winter, so come prepared!
You can come for a day, camp, or stay in O'Reilly's accommodation.
See the listed website for more details................
About 3/4's the way up ...or 10ks to O'Reillys, you will come across the Rosemount Alpaca stud & Scenic View Cafe.
It is situated in a lovely position with good views, and also some friendly Alpaca's as you can see by my photo, this one was very curious! The herd size is constantly changing with new babies (crias) being born. Alpaca's come in quite a variety of colours and in the shop you will find Alpaca products including beanies, capes & shawls, jackets, jumpers and alpaca fur teddy bears, toys and more in natural colours.
I looked, but didn't buy, we don't need the warm clothes living in Queensland.
We did enjoy our coffee though, sitting on the deck overlooking the valley with far reaching views across to Mt Tamborine and out to Stradbroke Island.........what a view!
It's a very nice stopping place for a coffee & cake either on the way up or down!
A stop at this lookout is a must.
There are wonderful far reaching views over the pretty Numinbah valley and to the Mountains. From here, we could even see two large waterfalls, just wished I remembered the binoculars so I could have a closer look.
There is a shelter shed, picnic tables and Toilets, and a Rainforest area.
Located next to the lookout, is an area where Canungra Hang gliding club take off from. When the wind is right, this is a very busy area.
They do tandem flights from here if you are interested.
Canungra, a small Village of 1000+ people and growing, is situated in a picturesque valley with the Canungra creek running by. The township of Canungra is more than 125 years old and owes its existence to early cedargetters and sawmillers. Today, new housing estates are being opened up, so it is growing!
Also located on the outskirts, is the Australian Army's Kokoda Jungle training camp, these you will go past when heading to Lamington National Park.
In town, the Hotel is beautifully kept, like an old English one, and here you can enjoy a meal before heading to the Lamington National Park and the mountain resorts of Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.
If you want a picnic, then just across the road, near a pretty old Church, there is a nice park where Toilets and BBQ's and seating is located. There is also a good Bakery in town.
It is a very busy little town because a lot of people arrive here at lunch time.
It is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, situated 35ks from the Gold Coast, and 90ks from Brisbane.
A lovely scenic drive is the one to Binna Burra. Hire a car and enjoy the picturesque drive through Nerang and up to the rich pastures where dairy Cattle graze in Upper and Lower Beechmont.
Binna Burra is in the Nth East corner of the Lamington Plateau, 75 km south of Brisbane. It is a part of the World Heritage site, Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves.
The drive is on Mountainous road via the settlement of Beechmont.
There are nice views all along the way, but for the driver of the car, you really need to concentrate on the road, because some is one lane, and if you meet an oncoming car, you need to get half on the dirt, and half on the bitumen so that you can pass each other.
There are sections where "give-way" signs are in operation as there is only room for one vehicle.
The final stretch of the drive winds through the rainforest to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and the gateway to Lamington National Park.
Maps and park brochures are available at the National Parks & Wildlife Information Centre, 500m before the Lodge.
If travelling south from Brisbane on the Mt Lindsay Highway (Beaudesert Rd), turn left at Jimboomba on to Mundoolun Connection Rd at the Shell S/Station. On reaching the T intersection, turn left towards Tamborine/Beenleigh; after 2km turn right to Canungra. At Canungra, follow the signs 19km to Beechmont and 10km from the roundabout to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.
This is a lovely Winery that is situated in the pretty Albert Valley, on the banks of the Albert River in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Set on a hill, with nice views of Tamborine Mountain and the hinterland, the Albert River Wines is an Award Winning Boutique Winery & Function Centre.
There is a historic colonial homestead, Tamborine House and the fully restored, beautiful Queenslander, Auchenflower House.
For weddings, there is the original Kingaroy Lutheran Chapel, for traditional style Wedding Ceremonies in this lovely setting.
Boutique Wineries, are those whose wines are only available directly through the winery, such is the case with Albert River Wines.
They have an Australiana Tour where guests can learn about the history of Tamborine, their vineyards and experience an authentic Billy Tea and Damper demonstration, try their hand at Whip Cracking, learn how to throw a Boomerang and have a go at Grape Stomping in the barrels, and meet the farmyard animals. Tours operate twice daily Monday to Friday.
The Cellar Door and Restaurant are open daily from 10:00am, with live entertainment every Sunday lunch.
The Caves Circuit is a great 5km circuit at Binna Burra that has great views of the Coomera Valley, red cedar trees and the rock cave/shelter. it starts near the Information Centre at the entrance to Binna Burra and finishes at the lodge. the information centre has good maps of all the Binna Burra tracks.
This is an easy little 2km walk that branches off the muuuch longer Ships Stern Circuit.
When you reach the lookout , there are great views of Egg Rock, the Numinbah Valley , Turtle Rock and Ships Stern.
There a quite a few nice wineries up here.
if you do venture to these parts of the woods, and like wine. then its worth checking out at least one.
and if you LIVE WINE.... why not make a day of it and check out them all.
most of the wineries here have cheap taste testing.
i dont really drink too much wine, but i enjoyed it.
just dont drink and drive!