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Lamington: The break from reality

You deserve a break. A weekend getaway to recharge.  Somewhere tranquil.

Lamington National Park is the getaway you won’t truly realise how much you needed until you’re 30 minutes deep into the rainforest – when your lungs fill to capacity, your body relaxes and your senses sharpen.  As cliché as it might be, nature allows you to reconnect with your mind, body and soul, forcing you to be aware of your surroundings and live in the present moment.

Where better to find inner peace than in a World Heritage listed subtropical rainforest park that is home to 160 bird species – including the Bowerbird mascot and the elusive Lyre bird that only the luckiest of visitors see, 900 species of plants – including the hundreds of years old strangler fig and a variety of ferns, 500 waterfalls that make up the beautiful scenery and 70 mammal species – including wallabies and the deceptively cute quoll. Discover all of this natural beauty on a day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast or stay for the whole weekend at the O’Reilly’s cabins. O’Reilly’s has their own set of fun activities and tours you can join if you are at a loss for what to do on your stay.

The highlights of Lamington include feeding King Parrots – prepare to have five or more parrots descend on your head and arms trying to get to the seeds in your hands – and the treetop canopy walk – which is a series of nine suspension bridges 16 metres above the ground, allowing you to stroll through the canopy of a rainforest. Climb up to the observation deck at 30m above the ground to truly enjoy the view of trees, vines, flowers and the wildlife.

With 160km of walking tracks hikers and bushwalkers can choose from a wide variety of walks of varying levels of difficulties – from hour long walks to full day walks. Lamington is great for a couple, a group of friends and families – everyone benefits from getting back to nature and away from the hum and drum of city life.

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