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View from O'Reilly



Providing some of the best birding in the Brisbane area, Lamington National Park covers an area of 200km2 with eucalyptus woodland and subtropical rainforest and temperate rainforest on higher slopes.


Notable Species

More than 150 species have been recorded in the park including such specialities as Albert's Lyrebird, Rufous Scrub-bird, Satin Bowerbird and Regent Bowerbird, Green Catbird and Paradise Riflebird. Other birds of interest include Australian Brushturkey, White-headed Pigeon, Topknot Pigeon and Wonga Pigeon, Glossy Black-cockatoo and Australian King Parrot.


Rarer species recorded here include Powerful Owl, Marbled Frogmouth and Superb Lyrebird.


Birds you can see here include:

Crested Hawk, Australian Black-shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australian Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk, Australian Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Australian Brushturkey, Black-breasted Buttonquail, Australasian Swamphen, White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Crested Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Topknot Pigeon, Pacific Emerald Dove, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australian King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Brush Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal, Powerful Owl, Greater Sooty Owl, Southern Boobook Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Marbled Frogmouth, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, White-throated Spinetail Swift, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Eastern Broad-billed Roller, Noisy Pitta, Albert's Lyrebird, Superb Lyrebird, Rufous Scrub-bird, Welcome Swallow, Common Cicadabird, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike, Varied Triller, Russet-tailed Thrush, Bassian Thrush, Australian Logrunner, Eastern Whipbird, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Spotted Quail-Thrush, Superb Fairywren, Variegated Fairywren, Eastern Bristlebird, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Brown Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone, White-eared Monarch, Black-faced Monarch, Spectacled Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-and-White Fantail, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Rose Robin, Pale Yellow Robin, Yellow Robin, Golden Whistler, Olive Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Varied Sittella, Red-browed Treecreeper, White-throated Treecreeper, Mistletoebird, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White-naped Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Myzomela, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Red-browed Waxbill, Olive-backed Oriole, Green Figbird, Magpie Lark, Grey Butcherbird, Common Mynah, Green Catbird, Regent Bowerbird, Satin Bowerbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Paradise Riflebird, Torresian Crow

Other Wildlife

Mammals of Lamington include Red-necked Pademelon, Red-legged Pademelon, Wallaroo, Red-necked Wallaby and Whiptail Wallaby, Red-faced Phascogale and Long-nosed Potoroo, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Greater Glider and Sugar Glider and Mountain Brushtail Possum.

Among the many reptiles are Carpet Python, Green Tree-snake, Tiger Snake, Marsh Snake and Land Mullet.

Site Information

History and Use

The Park was established in July 1915.

Areas of Interest

The park has numerous hiking trails which are excellent for birding particularly the 21km Border and Pensioner's Tracks. The two species which attract most birders, Albert's Lyrebird and Rufous Scrub-bird, can be difficult to locate but both can be found along this and other trails.

Access and Facilities

O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse is the base used by many birders to the area and is situated in the north-west of the park 36km south of Canungra and about 110km south of Brisbane, about a 2 hour drive. Camping is also possible within the park but any accommodation should be booked well in advance as this is a popular holiday area.

Contact Details

External Links

Lamington National Park

Content and images originally posted by Steve


finfoot's review

Fairly good birding though I think most of the specialty birds of the park can be seen within a few days birding. Get a guide for at least one day as some species are very site specific Pros

  • Good Accomodation. O' riellys guest house good base


  • Marbled Frogmouth Impossible(high canopy nocturnal). Black Breasted Button Quail also forget (not been recorded here for a while).

Jodievdw's review

Definitely get a guide or get in with a tour - Lamington's bigger than you'd think and finding the trickier birds singlehanded isn't easy. Someone would be on a great earner if they started running a shuttle bus service from the bottom of the mountain up to the walking trails/birding areas etc and back - I went there in January, and the traffic on the winding, steep, single lane road was scary. And be careful of leeches. Pros

  • nice place
  • good birds


  • the road!