Starting from Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, this circuit walk takes you up next to the rainforest canopy via a boardwalk consisting of 9 suspension bridges, standing 15 metres above the ground. Be prepared to embark on a small journey on the world’s first treetop walk, built by Peter O’Reilly and Peter Main along with the help of GMNHA(Green Mountains Natural Historic Association) in 1987. There are more than 160 bird species along with other wildlife residing in the lush rainforests of Lamington, and this track will let you observe them like you’ve never done before. Eastern whipbirds, catbirds and Australian logrunners will be sitting next to the boardwalk, along with heaps of rosellas. Informative signposts along the way won’t let you miss out on the interesting flora as well. There is also a ladder midway through the walk, where the adventurous can climb up and come to another deck that is an astounding 30 metres above ground. The experience is completely free, but if you want to help out with managing the track you can drop a few coins in the donation box at the end. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
At roundabout, take exit 3 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 670 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 530 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 820 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McLaren Road and drive for another 185 m
Continue onto McLaren Road and drive for another 370 m
Keep right onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 175 m
Continue onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 1.2 km
Turn right onto Clagiraba Road and drive for another 5.7 km
Turn left onto Beaudesert - Nerang Road, 90, 8 and drive for another 10.7 km
Turn left onto Kidston Street and drive for another 36.1 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of Lamington National Park Road(near O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat), head towards the high “Booyong Walk” sign located at the start of the boardwalk. Head along the boardwalk as it veers right and leads you into the woodland to continue along Booyong(Tree Top) Walk.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Booyong Walk & Lamington National Park Road Start heading along Booyong Walk (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 85 m back from the start).
After 250 m pass a seat (5 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 15 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Tree Top Walk & Booyong Walk) turn sharp right, to head along Tree Top Walk.
After another 50 m veer left, to head along Tree Top Walk.
Then cross the bridge (about 130 m long)
Then come to the "Tree Top Walk Ladder" (on your right).
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Booyong Walk & Tree Top Walk) turn left, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Booyong Walk & Tree Top Walk) continue straight, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Booyong Walk.
After another 285 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Booyong(Tree Top) Walk
20 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -72 m back from the start.
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 310 m apart with the largest gap of 630 m.