Thinking of visiting the southern regions of Queensland for a holiday and want an in-expensive day out with the family? Be sure to put the Lamington National Parks, O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk on your list of things to do!
Lucky for us, we live locally, and over the years the Tree Top Walk has been an annual holiday day trip. Well worth the visit and you can stay at the retreat if you want more time to explore the nature walks.
Where Is It?
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is located in the world heritage listed Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia.
First Reason to Visit – It Was A World First! Australia’s #1 Tree Top Walk / Booyong Walk
Big Pete O’Reilly had a dream to build a tree top walk and immerse himself in the canopy of the Lamington National Park rainforest and we are so glad he did! (Click here to read his story)
Nestled amongst picturesque rainforest canopy are 9 suspension bridges, 15 – 16 metres above the rainforest floor. If you think you’re not high enough there, you can climb the ladders that lead up to observation decks way up again in the rainforest canopy.
One of the ladder climbs is attached to the side of a magnificent old Mararie Fig, 30 metres above the rainforest floor! I must admit this climb is not suited to anyone with a fear of heights. However, if you are brave enough to climb, don’t worry, the ladder is enclosed with a wire cage for safety and is very sturdy. It is well worth the shaky knee climb for the breathtaking views.
- Micks Tower – 1 km return
- Centenary Track – 1.8 km return
- Wishing Tree Track -2.4 km return
- Python Rock – 3.4 km return
- Moran Falls – 4.6 km return
- Pat’s Bluff – 5.4 km return
- Moonlight Crag – 7 km return
- Elabana Falls – 7.6 km return
- Yerralahla (Blue Pool) – 10 km return
- Box Forest – 10.9 km return
- Mount Bithongabel – 12.6 km return
- Toolona Creek – 18 km return
- Valley of Echo’s – 20.6 km return
- Border Track – 21.4 km (one way only)
*Note all are in return distances except the Border Track walk.
Second Reason to Visit – It’s FREE – If you want it to be…
If you are looking for something interesting to do on a budget and want to do something different, then this is the place to go! Take a packed lunch for the family, give the kids the camera to see what cool sights they can capture and your visit to the Tree Tops Walk can be completely FREE!
In addition, there are plenty of other things to participate in if you want to cough up the $$$.
Third Reason to Visit – Bird Feeding
If you’ve always wanted to see a King Parrot up close and personal – there is a designated area where you can feed local Australian wild birds. You can have King Parrots and Rosellas land on you and feed right from your hand!
It creates perfect photo opportunities and great hands on experiences for the kids. I would recommend wearing long sleeves and a hat, as those parrots can have extremely sharp claws. The King Parrots can also grow quite large and can suddenly land on your head! So, hat and long sleeves are advised.
For a few dollars you can purchase some suitable bird seed from the local gift shop.
Fourth Reason to Visit – O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is located within the World Heritage listed National Park. Offering rooms and villa’s with scenic rim mountain views alongside a whole range of interesting activities for all ages.
If you need a place to keep the kids entertained during school holidays, while you kick back and relax – this is the place to go! The coolest thing is they offer an Eco-Rangers program for the kids where they get to participate in various activities while learning and exploring. From campfire cookouts to nocturnal scavenger hunts, arts and crafts and survival missions – plus more! It just makes me want to be a kid again. Check out the link here to this school holiday Eco-Ranger program. Pretty awesome!
Fifth Reason to Visit – So many amazing things to do!
Here is a list of some more amazing things to do:
- Wellness in Wilderness
- Segway Safari
- 1 on 1 Wildlife Encounter
- 4WD Tours
- Guided Walks
- Sunset Experience
- Billy Tea History Tour
- Birds of Prey Show
- Glow Worm Experience
- Flying Fox Adventure
- Lost World Spa
- Infinity Pool
- Steam Room
Of course, this will cost you, however, it’s totally 100% worth it. You will never forget an experience here, it is just beautiful!
If camping out is more your style, there is the Green Mountains camping grounds, run by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service located close by. (O’Reilly’s Retreat is privately owned).
900m Above Sea Level
We should mention that the Tree Tops walk is over 900m above sea level, so the temperature is approx. 6 degrees cooler than when you start the drive up the mountain. Therefore be prepared, take warmer gear just in case, wet weather gear and of course don’t go without your North Storm Waterproof 30 Litre Backpack!
Author – Lisa McCabe – Founder of North Storm