The drive to Lamington has been a favourite among locals for years. Take the time to stop along the way to appreciate the views over the valleys and across to the ranges on one side and over the coastline on the other. Keep an eye out for local koalas snoozing in the trees and wallabies grazing on the slopes. Once you enter the rainforest, you can literally feel the air change and you will start to hear the orchestra of unique bird calls. In spring you’ll hear the distinctive calls of the whipbird and riflebird, the twitter of fairy wrens and the coos of the shy fruit pigeons. World Heritage listed, Lamington National Park is home to one of the largest subtropical rainforests in Australia. Featuring many natural wonders, magnificent valleys and thundering waterfalls, the park is also home to more than 170 species of rainforest plants and 38 varieties of animals, many unique to the area. Hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks cover the park, leading to spectacular lookouts and stunning waterfalls. Tracks vary in length and degree of difficulty, ranging from easy strolls to challenging full day walks. O’Reilly’s Attractions Visit O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and handfeed the spectacular crimson rosellas and king parrots. For the adventurous, freefall on the giant swing, whiz across the creek on the flying fox, and take a ‘Leap of Faith’, 10 metres above the ground. O’Reilly’s also boasts a Treetop Walk that allows you to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest, 15 metres above ground on a string of suspension bridges. You will get close to unique flowering vines, ferns and orchids that only grow in the rainforest canopy. The Mountain Cafe gives you the opportunity to enjoy a stunning view of the valley while eating a delicious lunch or drinking a freshly brewed coffee.
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