We camped in our tent at the Green Mountains campground. National Park fees apply and it is necessary to book online or by phone. We had good Telstra phone reception at the campground. Tent sites are numbered gravel platforms in a grassy area enclosed by bollards; with parking on the perimeter. There are a few sites designated for small motorhomes. There is also a walk-in section for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Unfortunately, there are no sites for caravans or camper trailers. Previously it was possible to put a trailer or large motorhome on Site 1 or 2 but there is currently work in progress to construct a walking path between O'Reilly's and the trail-head for Moran's Falls and Python Rock and this path is being constructed right through the top of Sites 1 and 2. Many people drive up the long, steep, narrow and windy road to the campground from Canungra only to discover that there is no site suitable for their rig. Sharp Park and the Canungra Showgrounds are popular alternatives.
|Our tent at Green Mountain Campground|
|Satin Bowerbird nest in the Day Use Area|
|Satin Bowerbird, male|
|Yellow-throated and White-browed Scrubwrens|
|Large-billed Scrubwren and Eastern Yellow Robin|
|Grey Shrike-thrush and Crimson Rosella|
One afternoon we were walking back to the campground from O'Reilly's when we were treated to an interesting display by a male Logrunner who appeared to be preoccupied with impressing a lady friend.
|Logrunner (spine-tailed), male|
It is a short walk from the campground to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat which attracts people from all around the world. Luxury accommodation is also available at the Lost World Spa. The Tree Top walk and heritage garden are open to campers from the campground for free but a donation for upkeep is appreciated. Other activities at O'Reilly's include bird feeding, flying fox, glow worm tour, bird guides, various guided tours, Segway hire and a Birds of Prey Show. O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Winery is on the road from Canungra to O'Reilly's and offers wine tastings, Devonshire teas, dining and functions.
|Stinson Memorial at O'Reilly's|
Luke O'Reilly's Farm
Perhaps less well known is Luke O'Reilly's Farm which offers more rustic accommodation in the form of a house for 8 people, a house for 6 people and a hut for 2 people; all at modest prices. Guests get to enjoy extensive views, birdlife and private walking trails. A 4WD is recommended to access the 500m driveway.
|Luke O'Reilly's Farm|
|Duck Creek Road|
We will cover the walking trails in the next blog. More details about Lamington National Park can be found on our previous blog :http://nationalparkodyssey.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/lamington-national-park-green-mountains.html