We are very lucky to live within a two hour drive to one of the most beautiful National Parks on the East Coast of Australia, a place so precious it’s been added to our National Heritage List. Lamington National Park is definitely stunning and easily one of my favourite places to escape the city. It offers some incredible long hikes through pristine rainforest and some shorter hikes that take you along cliff tops with vast views of the surrounding hinterland, gorges and coastline.
Unfortunately a lot of the area was decimated by a heavy cyclone back in January and is still under repair; fallen trees and damaged tracks will take many more months before the parks are back to their full visiting capacity.
One hike that is still open is the Lower Bellbird Circuit to Balanjui Falls – a relatively short walk by hiking standards at around 15 kilomteres, it takes you from the clifftops, down through old cedars and strangler figs to a forest of palm trees and waterways.
I took along some German friends that had been staying with us as guests for the past month, and we were very lucky to see a rare male lyrebird on the trail. Hopefully I’ve got them hooked!
You can find the latest info about hikes and camping options at Lamington online here.