nightfall’s wilderness camp sits in a seemingly remote part of the aptly named Lost World – convenient Lamington National Park accommodation, on the doorstep of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Within 45 minutes of the cities and Queensland beaches, you’ll encounter the Scenic Rim’s picture-postcard countryside. Drive a little further and the patchwork of cropped-paddocks and grazing-land transitions to a seemingly undiscovered part of the world, with rich forests and clear-mountain streams. Here, nightfall camp nestles beside the cool clear rapids of Christmas Creek, not far from where the water flows cleanly from the ‘wilderness end’ of Lamington National Park.
The camp sits on top of a vast mystical ancient geology – the tendrils of lava flows from nearby Mt Warning. Much of the surrounding landscape is reminiscent of great tracts of south-east Queensland, pre-colonisation, sheltering rare flora and fauna and some of the world’s largest remaining tracts of Gondwana sub-tropical rainforest and a magical rim of mountains, known locally as the Scenic Rim.
Right next door to nightfall camp is world-heritage listed Lamington National Park. This end of the park has no facilities or formed tracks, but with a mud-map and some local knowledge you can easily explore a few of its hidden treasures, including secluded groves of piccabeen palms, the majestic Larapinta Falls and Westray’s Grave. Other attractions – including the expansive views to Byron Bay from Point Lookout, the historic Stinson Wreck site and pockets of rare Antarctic Beech trees – are ideal challenges for experienced walkers, in the company of a local guide.
Visit Scenic Rim Escapes to learn more about nightfall camp’s Gold Coast Hinterland Scenic Rim region. The you-tube clip below is also packed with stunning aerial images.
(main image courtesy of Tourism Queensland)