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Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

A 3 day guided walk

This 3 day pack free walk traverses the spectacular Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, a unique World Heritage Area comprising of Australia’s largest remnant of ancient subtropical Gondwana Rainforests. On this walk you will explore misty forests of 2000 year old Antarctic beech trees, rugged mountain scenery, lush palm filled gullies and cascading crystal clear streams. A birdlovers paradise, this area is home to more than 230 species including the rare Albert’s lyrebird and regent bowerbird as well as Australia’s largest collection of sub tropical birds. This unique and special region is not to be missed.

Traverse spectacular Lamington National Park

This 3-day guided pack free walk is set high in the mountain ranges of spectacular Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This unique tour gives our guests the opportunity to walk both Binna Burra and the Green Mountains and traverse the ridges, rainforest and gullies between the two on the famous Border Track.

A Pack Free Walk
Our speciality is providing pack free walks, our guests can walk with as little as their water and camera. This allows our guests to enjoy the scenery without the burden of carrying a heavy pack each day.

Incredible Accommodation
Enjoy the ambience of staying in two mountain top lodges on this walk. As we traverse Lamington National Park, night one will be spent in the luxurious Sky Lodges at Binna Burra Lodge, whilst on night 2 you will enjoy the warmth and charm of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

The extra “Wow” Factor – A spectacular helicopter flight
Rather than waste time driving the hour-long windy road from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on day 3. Our helicopter will meet us after our walk and transport us for an incredible journey to see the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland Escarpment from the air.  Landing at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards we will enjoy a celebratory lunch and wine tasting, a fantastic way to finish our journey.

Fabulous meals
During your stay at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, you’ll enjoy your meals in the main dining room featuring large wooden bay windows surrounded by an outdoor sanctuary. During breakfast, you will enjoy a flourish of colour as regent and satin bowerbirds frolic whilst you dine and at night you may be lucky enough to spot a brushtail possum. We also stay at the charming mountain retreat of Binna Burra Lodge. Enjoy hearty dinners served with wine in the Clifftop Dining Room with great views of the Coomera Valley below.

Two Levels of walking available
As we have two guides on this walk we are able to offer both easier and more challenging walking options for our guests catering for a range of abilities and fitness levels. (Note: Two guides will accompany our 3-day tours for groups of 8 or more people).

Our Guides
We are very proud of our guides, we call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Each has an amazing balance of a caring attitude and amazing story-telling ability will make your tour a relaxing, fun and informative experience.

Genuinely all-inclusive
When you travel on one of our walking tours, you won’t be asked to put your hand in your pocket for extras along the way. All meals and wine during our dinner are included in your walking tour with nothing more to pay. You won’t even be charged extra for credit card fees!

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3 Day Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse Walk Inclusions

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • 3 day Pack Free Walk
  • 1 night in luxurious Sky Lodges at Binna Burra Lodge
  • 1 night in Mountain View Rooms at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight for stunning views of the Hinterland
  • Celebratory Lunch and Wine tasting in a local winery
  • 2 x dinners featuring local produce
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 2 x packed lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Return transfers from the Gold Coast
  • National Parks fees
  • Regional boutique wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner.
    Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. Wine  is served to enjoy with your dinner only, if you would like to enjoy alcohol after dinner you will need to purchase your own.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Binna Burra
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

Meet your guides in the hotel foyer at the Meriton Suites Broadbeach on the Gold Coast at 7.30am. Today we will head to Binna Burra in Lamington National Park to start our walking adventure. We believe our walk today is one of the best in this area and the most botanically diverse with beautiful wildflowers all year round. Winding through rainforest, eucalypt forest and open heathlands, passing panoramic lookouts, this walk takes you to the remote eastern escarpment for great views into the Numinbah Valley. Standing here you feel like you are on the edge of the world with mist racing up from valleys below. It’s not uncommon to hear the song of lyrebirds reverberating around the hills as you descend through this stunning rainforest. We also offer an exceptional side trip to the spectacular Upper Ballanjui Falls. (2.5kms extra) for those keen for the extra challenge. Tonight we stay at the charming mountain retreat of Binna Burra Lodge. Guests will stay in the luxurious Sky Lodges with stunning views. Enjoy a hearty dinner in the Clifftop Dining Room accompanied with wine.

As we have two guides easier options walks are available or 5-6kms. (Note two guides on each 3-day tour is subject to 8 or more passengers).

Binna Burra to Green Mountain
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

After a hearty breakfast in the Cliff Top Dining Room, we head out on our adventure. Today’s one-way walk on the famous Border Track is absolutely gorgeous, though the track is a lengthy 21.4kms the effort is definitely worth it! This beautiful and captivating walk weaves its way through deep and lush rainforest with amazing views overlooking Lamington National Park and the Gold Coast.  You will be taken back from the beauty of the foliage, the calling of the birds and the sheer tranquillity of the rainforest. Cross small streams and discover misty forests of 2000-year-old Antarctic beech trees. The views are out of this world, especially in the latter part of the walk where you are looking over the Tweed Valley and Mt Warning. The track crosses the New South Wales and Queensland border several times along the walk and also follows sections of Roberts and Rowland’s original survey route! We walk directly from the trail into our accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. This superb mountain lodge is a place to connect with nature. Enjoy dinner in the main dining room feature a wonderful a la carte dining, accompanied with regional wines.

As we have two guides easier options walks are available or 10.9kms or 4.4kms. (Note two guides on each 3-day tour is subject to 8 or more passengers).

Day 3: Green Mountain - Helicopter Flight to winery
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

Enjoy an early buffet breakfast in the Retreat’s main dining room. The large gallery window of this room overlooks a haven for birdlife which surrounds the building and you can often see the flourish of the striking black and yellow regent bowerbirds whilst enjoying your breakfast. Today we walk to Moran Falls and Python Rock Lookout. Walk through forests of lichen dappled coachwood and through fern-filled gullies. We eventually reach a magic spot for spectacular views over Moran Falls. We head to Python Rock through the amazing rainforest, a  great track for bird watching with superb panoramic views.  Apart from the lush rainforest, another feature of this walk is a large number of leaf-tailed geckos you’re likely to encounter along the track. This small gecko is endemic to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. After our walk, our helicopter picks us up from O’Reilly for a spectacular flight to see the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland Escarpment and rainforests from the air. We are dropped at an O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards where we will enjoy a late lunch and wine tasting a remarkable way to finish our adventure. Afterwards, we head back to the Gold Coast arriving at approximately 5.00pm. Note we can drop off our guests to Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airport if required.

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Tour Accommodation

Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

Sky Lodges Binna Burra Lodge

1 night accommodation

During your stay at the mountain retreat of Binna Burra Lodge, our guests will stay in the luxurious Sky Lodge apartments. Designed with classic stone, slate and wood these stunning eco-friendly apartments showcase stunning views over the Numinbah and Coomera Valleys. Each apartment feature king or twin beds, spa bath, cosy fireplaces, kitchenette and lounge.

Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk
Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk

Mountain View Room, O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat

1 night accommodation

On our second night, you will spend the night at wonderful O’Reilly’s Retreat set amongst the rainforest with stunning views over the western McPherson Ranges. This is a bird lover’s paradise where you can connect with nature, with Regent and Satin bowerbirds often visible from the main dining room. Our guests stay in the lovely Mountain View chosen for their close proximity to the main lodge building featuring restaurant, bar and interpretive centre. Your room features a queen and single bed, en-suite bathrooms and private balcony.

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Tour Availability

We run regularly scheduled tours from May to October every year. To check real time availability on all our Queensland walking tours please see information below. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Scheduled Departures
31st May 2019
12 July 2019
9 August 2019

Private Groups:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 or more people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Note this walk forms part of the newly named Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. For groups who prefer to do this walk, we are able to offer a guided pack free 3 or 4-day walk. Enquire for details and price.


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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Save $600 per couple or $300 per person.

Spot Specials are available now on specific departures when you book and pay in full. See dates below for details. Hurry available for limited places only.

Private groups of 8 or more can save an additional $50 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.

Super Earlybird Price
$ 1499 /p

Pack Free Guided Walk
2 x nights accommodation Bunyip Scenic Rim Resort
2 x superb dinners featuring local produce
Fine Regional Wine with dinner
2 x breakfasts
3 x lunches
National Parks Fees
Return transfers to Brisbane
No credit card fees

Spot Special Price $1499
Save $300 per person

Book & pay in full at time of booking
on specific departures

Normal Price $1799
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

Private Group Spot Special Price  $1449
Save $350 per person
Available for special groups of 8-12 people. Departure of your choice. Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Available for a limited time.

Private Group $1749
Normal Price
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

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Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Red Hot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • EARLYBIRD CANCELLATION DETAILS: . Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.
    (Regional office: 6955 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania. All enquiries to be directed to Head Office).
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  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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