If you want to experience some real Australian wilderness on your next Gold Coast holiday, consider a hike to Mount Bithongabel, located in one of the area’s most beautiful National Parks.
Mount Bithongabel is part of the Lamington National Park, which boasts extensive walking tracks allowing visitors to explore forests, creeks and waterfalls.
Mount Bithongabel Bush Campsite & Accommodation, Qld
The hike to Mount Bithongabel is 12.6 kilometres and usually takes around five hours to complete. As you climb the Border Track to the top of the mountain, you’ll reach 240 metres, moving from subtropical to temperate forest. Subtropical trees such as figs, booyongs and giant stinging tees dominate the subtropical forest; as you move higher, these large trees are replaced by smaller-leaved temperate species. Towards the end of your hike, you may even get a glance at the endangered Antarctic Beech tree.
Continue past the Bithongabel lockout to find some large tree ferns; push on and you’ll be rewarded with a view of Mount Warning and Murwillumbah from the famous Toolona Lookout.
Keep your eyes open as you walk; the Lamington National Park is home to several species of native birds. In fact, the park protects 58 plants and more than 22 animal classes as vulnerable, rare or threatened with extinction.
Camping is permitted at the Mount Bithongabel bush camp site. This is a rough camp site located at 1000 metres above sea level. This means that there is limited protection during windy weather. The site is located 2 hours walk from the Border Track entrance and a maximum of 6 people are permitted to camp each night. Campers must be self sufficient by bringing their own water and open fires are prohibited. However, fuel stoves are permitted. Mobile phone coverage is poor, so ensure you have satellite GPS or detailed maps of the area. Bookings are essential for this site and must be made in advance. Bush camp sites can only be booked for a maximum of one night per group, per site.
If camping isn’t your style and you would like something a little more cosy, click on our link below for the best accommodation deals near the Lamington National Park.