MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE ARE COMING FROM CANADA TO BRISBANE WITH FIVE NIGHTS BEFORE ALICE SPRINGS. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR THINGS TO DO FOR A SENIOR COUPLE WHO HAVE WALKED SPAIN'S CAMINO SEVERAL TIMES? C. LANDSBERG, MELBOURNE
Sounds like your relatives might be more interested in natural phenomena than Brisbane itself. If so, they could take a trip into the Gold Coast hinterland to explore Lamington National Park. This is our largest surviving parcel of subtropical rainforest, 200 square kilometres of volcanic lava flows that has been extensively colonised by rainforest, creating a luscious green garden filled with rioting vegetation, exotic bird noises, frogs and fungi. Lamington's natural wonders were underlined when it was added to the World Heritage List, one of the pieces in the east coast mosaic of the Gondwana Rainforests. The main attraction is bushwalking. The park's walking tracks unspool through a garden of earthly delights, delivering visitors to the lips of gushing waterfalls, the crest of deep gorges and to mountain peaks.
From Brisbane the park is accessible from the east via Nerang and Beechmont, a 90-minute drive that ends at Binna Burra Lodge, binnaburralodge.com.au. The other accommodation alternative is O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, oreillys.com.au, slightly further away in the western Green Mountains section of the park. Either lodge could arrange transport from Brisbane Airport, although a hire car might be cheaper.
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