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Border Track
7 Hours  / 21.4 Kilometres


The Border Track is the backbone of the Lamington National Park walking track system and connects Binna Burra with Green Mountains. A number of other tracks and circuits lead from the Border Track, which is also a section of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Enjoy dense rainforest and mountain streams and on a clear day, lookouts provide spectacular views of the Lamington wilderness area, the Tweed and Limpinwood Valleys and over the Mount Warning caldera towards Murwillimbah in northern New South Wales. During winter months, walkers are likely to hear the loud ringing call of the Albert's lyrebird.

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Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The Border Track passes through warm and cool subtropical, and warm and cool temperate rainforest. These varied rainforest communities contain many ancient families of flowering plants: the bolwarra family (Eupomatiacea), pepperbush (Winteraceae), laurels (Lauraceae), lillypillies (Myrtaceae), and the southern beech (Fagaceae).

Mount Bithongabel, 12.6 kilometres from Green Mountains is the most accessible lookout. Large clumps of Antarctic Beech, a cool temperate species, grow at higher elevations, particularly between Mount Bithongabel and Mount Merino (half way to Binna Burra). Be aware of leeches in summer, particularly after rain. The weather can change quickly so bring wet-weather gear and warm clothing.

Keep to tracks and take care near cliff edges, at lookouts, on rocks and near waterfalls, especially in wet weather. Never stand on cliff edges while looking through a camera or binoculars. Many tracks have steep drop-offs beside them, so walk carefully. Keep children under close supervision-a steep drop-off may be just around the corner.

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Walker passing Antarctic Beech, Lamington National Park
Walker passing Antarctic Beech, Lamington National ParkThe Border Track weaves through subtropical rainforest
The Border Track weaves through subtropical rainforestTooloona Lookout, Lamington National Park
Tooloona Lookout, Lamington National Park

Journey Details

Duration7 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance21.4 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for experienced bushwalkers


  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Walking
  • Self-Guided

Border Track Full Itinerary

Border Track - Lamington National Park

The Border Track in Lamington National Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Visit the web site for track details, safety information and closures.

Route Details

Duration: 7 Hrs 
Distance: 21.4 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: Return

  • Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife

Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4

Other Information

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