From guided walks to 4WD history tours, there’s something for all ages and budgets to see and do at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, just 90 minutes from the Gold Coast and 2 hours from Brisbane. We’ve collected the top tours and must-do activities for you here – so start planning your adventures in World-Heritage listed Lamington National Park now.
Discovery Program Activities
Birds of Prey Show
Meet the majestic predators of the sky and learn about our resident Owls and Wedge Tail Eagles plus our Kestrel and Black Kite. Witness the varying species in free flight performing natural aerobatics in front of a jaw dropping mountain backdrop. Rated as the best Bird Show in Australia!
Want to meet and learn about the unique and quirky animals of Lamington National Park? Get up close and personal with Russ the friendly Carpet Snake, Maggie the cute-as-a-button magpie, plus many more. Learn about our furred and feathered friends which kids (young and old) will definitely enjoy!
Flying Fox Adventure
Ready. Set. Go! Launch yourself from the canopy platform perched 25 metres above the rainforest floor. Oh, did we mention you’re strapped into a safety harness and heading across a 180 metre Zip Line with epic views of Morans Creek below? Zoom upside down or try no hands for an even bigger thrill.
Glow Worm Experience
Board the four-wheel-drive bus for a guided ancient rainforest tour to the mystical Glow Worm grotto. Perch yourself beside the secluded gully, home to millions of ancient Glow Worms, illuminating the cliff face in a blanket of twinkling stars. The best time to view Glow Worms is after sunset.
Why walk when you can Segway? Test your agility and skills on board an eco friendly four-wheel-drive Segway Safari. Kick start the guided tour with a safety training session before hitting the off road adventure – exploring ancient rainforest and taking in views into the Lost World Valley and across to the Great Dividing Range.
Billy Tea History Tour
Join our legendary guides for a relaxing 4WD tour to a breathtaking lookout point where they’ll prepare Billy Tea and Damper over the fire, sharing their enthusiasm and stories from the early years on the mountain. This unique adventure is fun for the whole family and is simply one not to be missed!
Take prime position at the amazing Moonlight Crag venue for simply stunning sunset views. Includes two alcoholic drinks per person and some non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided. (No BYO)
“Best of O’Reilly’s” 4WD Tour
What better way to see the wonders surrounding this plateau? Take a bus tour through rainforest and various eco-systems to incredible places located within World Heritage listed Lamington National Park. You may get to visit a lookout to take in the views, or even a waterfall, being inspired and educated along the way.
2 to 3 hours – depending on destination, guide and conditions. Walking shoes, water and enthusiasm is all that’s needed. O’Reilly’s runs a variety of Guided Walks throughout the week so please ask for a Discovery Guide from our reception or reservations team for a full schedule.
Jam-packed with animals and activities – we can guarantee the kids have never had a holiday quite like this before. Let our friendly staff keep your kids entertained – we’ll tire them out while you sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet. Perhaps enjoy a massage at our iconic Lost World Spa?
Daily Bird Feeding
Feed the wild birds of the rainforest including Crimson Rosella’s and King Parrots.
Bird seed can be purchased at the Gift Shop between 10am – 4pm everyday.
1 on 1 Wildlife Encounter
Get up-close and have a memorable experience with an eagle, owl or falcon. One of O’Reilly’s trained bird handlers will guide you through this wonderful encounter. Available for both Retreat and Vineyard experiences. Please check with our Reservation team for further details.
Tree Top Walk
The first of its kind in Australia, provides a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy as you walk along a series of suspension bridges 16 metres above the ground. For the more adventurous, climb a ladder heading up a Strangler Fig! Be sure and watch the video to view the story behind the construction of this iconic landmark of O’Reilly’s.
Visit the Stinson Plane
Visit the replica plane and learn about the film it was built for and the story of the Stinson plane crash in 1937, as well as the rescue of its survivors by experienced bushman Bernard O’Reilly and other locals.
Explore Walking Tracks
Lamington National Park is a jewel in the crown of rainforest bushwalking destinations in Queensland. It contains over 320 kms of walking tracks that lead to spectacular lookouts, waterfalls and some of Queensland’s most significant wilderness areas. Check out our Walking Tracks page for a complete overview.
Lamington National Park is a jewel in the crown of rainforest bushwalking destinations in Queensland with over 500 waterfalls! Check out the map from the National Parks Information Centre for a guide. Moran’s Falls is the closest to the retreat and Elabana Falls is an O’Reilly family favourite.
Early Morning Birdwalk
FREE for in-house Guests – Meet the feathered locals on this introductory morning bird walk around the Retreat by one of O’Reilly’s experienced guides. Free for O’Reilly’s in-house guests – other guests are more than welcome to join for only $10 adult/$5 child.
Plunge and Infinity Pool
In-house Guests Only – Make a splash in our plunge pools or spa or venture to our stunning Infinity Pool overlooking the Lost World Valley. Available for O’Reilly’s in-house guests only.
In-house Guests Only – Our Manager will join you in the afternoon to chat about the O’Reilly’s history, where things are and what’s on at the Retreat in order for you to get the most out of your stay. Manager’s Welcome is held in the Log Fire Room, at the end of the Dining Room from 3:30-4pm.
Daily Documentary Film
In-house Guests Only – Historical and educational movies shown in the Theatrette, near the Discovery Centre. Programs are on Reception desk, in the Discovery Centre and on the Theatrette door. Available for O’Reilly’s in-house guests only.