Lamington National Park is known for its natural environment, rainforests, birdlife, ancient trees, waterfalls, walking tracks and mountain views.
Rugged mountain scenery, waterfalls, caves, rainforest, wildflower heaths, tall open forests, creeks, varied wildlife and some of the best bushwalking in Queensland are protected in Lamington National Park.
This Park lies further east of the busy Gold Coast and is therefore less visited. Good enough reason for me to make the most of clear and sunny, but brisk days.
Arriving at Binna Burra lodge and campground before dawn, I set out on the ‘Shipwreck Trail’. I tried to investigate where the name came from, as it is an unusual name in the mountains.
The cold air added extra depth in colours to the blue sky and green vegetation.
The dense tall timber forest soon gave way to a palm tree forest.
There was almost a tropical feel to it.
A sidetrack followed Ballanjui Creek up to Lower Ballanjui Falls. A well deserved and scenic rest spot.
Upper Ballanjui Falls are seen from here and seem to flow well. However, Lower Ballanjui Falls was just a mere trickle.
The track was well maintained and easy to follow and it wasn’t too long when I came to the sunny side of this loop track.
Across the valley below lies Springbrook’s Natural Arch.
Banksias were in full bloom and shone in golden colours to attract bees and ants to pollinate them.
I have never noticed Banksia flowers in these colours.
So much depth in colours is just amazing.
Following this track further uphill, I reached Upper Ballanjui Falls around lunch time.
Ballanjui Creek was flanked by ferns and long grass, which indicated more sun exposure.
This was just what I needed. A refreshing dip in the pool below and the sun to dry me off again.
The deep blue sky mixed with green autumn trees were just stunning. Add a waterfall to the picture, what else could you ask for?
With a view like this, I could have stayed on a bit longer. However, time wasn’t on my side this time. I still had another 7 km to hike and the strong winds would add a clear chill factor to the already chilly mountain air.
More often heard than actually seen, Lamington National Park plays an important role as a bird sanctuary for endangered species. Many wooden park benches have been placed along the track for hikers to stop and smell the forest, listening to birdlife throughout the canopy. Serenity.
The sun cast ever longer shadows by the time I completed this 21 km loop track, reaching Binna Burra and Troopy around 4 pm. I snuck in a hot shower at the campground, which no one seemed to mind. This was quite essential, as the strong, cold winds were howling over the escarpment as night started to fall.