Saturday 12 May 2012

O’Reilly’s rainforest retreat

I put on my hiking boots and escaped the city to the World Heritage Lamington National Park where the O’Reilly family has been welcoming visitors to their mountain home for over 90 years.

The rainforests, the vast array of bird life & wildlife,

the walking tracks, waterfalls and spectacular views.

Lamington National Park is home to a myriad of unique flora & fauna

~ pademelons, possums, frogs and the amazing array of birdlife.

We relaxed in the Lost World Spa…

Tree Top Walk 

We walked on through the forest canopy along suspension bridges to see flowering and fruiting trees and vines, the epiphytic orchids and ferns, and climbed the ladder high into the tree top!

Over 80 years ago, it was a two day journey via car, train and horseback to reach us from Brisbane. Today a visit is less than a two hour scenic drive from Brisbane and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast. O’Reilly’s is located on the western edge of Lamington Plateau 930 metres (3,000 feet) above sea level and enjoys spectacular view to the west over the McPherson Ranges and Great Dividing Range.

(Images via O’Rielly’s and Regent Bowerbird via here}

 

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