National Parks

National Parks and Sanctuaries on the Gold Coast

As a local I prefer to spend the summer months around the beaches in the mornings followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants on the foreshore.
In winter I love to visit the “Hinterland” an enchanting, mysterious adventure land in nature.
To check road conditions and find directions to all the following National Parks and Sanctuaries please see;
The “Road Conditions Report Australia Wide“.

The Antarctic Beech trees are a species that have survived here since prehistoric times. Many of the plants here are found nowhere else on earth.


antarctic beech tree 
The buttressed roots of an Antarctic Beech, a tree that only grows above 1000 meters. The roots of the oldest Antarctic Beech trees are over 5000 years old.


forest drive


Lamington National Park. 

Lamington National Park is serviced by two renowed Guest Houses;
Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guest House.It is a very scenic drive from the Coast to the Hinterland, the journey itself should be savoured by stopping along the many lookouts along the way.

view from road - lamington


We like to stop at the Rosemount Alpaca Stud & Barn. This Rainforest Gallery & Cafe with unique Alpaca Products is a friendly family run business. The views from the deck of the cafe make you feel like a bird in flight.


view from alpacha ranch cafe



Meet the Alpaca’s and feel the softness of the
knitted home spun products for sale in the
Rosemont Art and Craft Gallery.

Then head on up the road to O’Reilly’s and the Booyong walk.      Booyongwalk

The Booyong walk leads you into subtropical rainforest,               
an enclosed world of lush green foliage and soft light .
It bears the name of the Booyong, a large rainforest tree encountered along the way.You have a unique opportunity to experience the rainforest,
first from a logrunner’s perspective – at ground level, then from a Paradise Riflebird’s – in the rainforest canopy, from O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk.

If you would like to know what a logrunner looks like or meet the impressive Black Booyong, look for the signes along the way.

The Tree Top Walk takes you into a sunlit world
where the trees and vines of the rainforest canopy flower and fruit.

It’s an exhilerating and enlightening experience,
viewing the rainforest from the tree tops, 20m above the ground.

Sunset on drive home after Booyong walk

Sunset views on our drive back to the coast.








Springbrook National park and Numinbah Forest Reserve. 

natural arch

If you are lucky you will find masses of glow worms on the ceiling of this cave.

hiking at natural arch

It is a scenic hike to the Natural Arch – a naturally formed rock arch over Cave Creek which is the headwater of the Nerang River.

The Arch was formed from a waterfall which undercut a cave beneath the waterfall and dug a pothole on top, until the two joined and the creek flowed through the cave, leaving an arch across the front.

Access to this section of the park is from the Nerang- Murwillumbah road.










Tambourine National Park.

Popular with day visitors seeking picnic facilities and short walks in a natural environment with stunning views.

Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary.

This is a delightful park which I first visited 51 years ago and has won the hearts of all the visitors that I have introduced to it since.
This sanctuary is entirely a non-profit organization controlled by the National Trust of Queensland. The revenues are maneuvered for the betterment of the park in order to provide enjoyment to the visitors and for wildlife conservation, education and research.
There are over 1400 native Australian animals in this park, located just a short distance North of the Gold Coast Airport.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Experience Educational Tourism, Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander, Flora/Fauna, Nature based Wildlife.

Species List / Native Animals in the Gold Coast City Council Area. 

Environmental Protection Agency Queensland Parks and wildlife services. 

The following list is derived from “Wildlife Online”

Wildlife Online Extract
Search Criteria: Species List for a Selected Area
Species: Animals
Type: Native
Status: Rare and threatened species
Records: All
Area: Gold Coast City CouncilDate extracted: Thursday 15 Jan 2009 14:38:02

As the EPA is still in a process of collating and vetting data, it is possible the information given is not complete. The information provided should only be used for the project for which it was requested and it should be appropriately acknowledged as being derived from Wildlife Online when it is used.
The State of Queensland does not invite reliance upon, nor accept responsibility for this information. Persons should satisfy themselves through independent  means as to the accuracy and completeness of this information.
No statements, representations or warranties are made about the accuracy or completeness of this information. The State of Queensland disclaims all responsibility for this information and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages
and costs you may incur as a result of the information being inaccurate or incomplete in any way for any reason.

Kingdom Class Family Scientific Name Common Name I Q A Records
animals amphibians Hylidae Litoria revelata whirring treefrog R 12
animals amphibians Hylidae Litoria pearsoniana cascade treefrog V 162
animals amphibians Hylidae Litoria olongburensis wallum sedgefrog V V 1
animals amphibians Limnodynastidae Adelotus brevis tusked frog V 54/2
animals amphibians Limnodynastidae Kyarranus loveridgei masked mountainfrog R 4
animals amphibians Limnodynastidae Lechriodus fletcheri black soled frog R 20
animals amphibians Myobatrachidae Assa darlingtoni pouched frog R 48/1
animals amphibians Myobatrachidae Crinia tinnula wallum froglet V 20/2
animals amphibians Myobatrachidae Mixophyes iteratus giant barred frog E E 10
animals amphibians Myobatrachidae Mixophyes fleayi Fleay’s barred frog E E 101/1
animals birds Accipitridae Accipiter novaehollandiae grey goshawk R 51
animals birds Accipitridae Lophoictinia isura square-tailed kite R 2
animals birds Accipitridae Erythrotriorchis radiatus red goshawk E V 3
animals birds Anatidae Tadorna radjah radjah shelduck R 2
animals birds Anatidae Stictonetta naevosa freckled duck R 1
animals birds Apodidae Aerodramus terraereginae Australian swiftlet R 1
animals birds Atrichornithidae Atrichornis rufescens rufous scrub-bird V 5
animals birds Burhinidae Esacus magnirostris beach stone-curlew V 20
animals birds Cacatuidae Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami glossy black-cockatoo (eastern) V 93
animals birds Cacatuidae Calyptorhynchus lathami glossy black-cockatoo V 1288
animals birds Ciconiidae Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus black-necked stork R 89
animals birds Climacteridae Climacteris erythrops red-browed treecreeper R 6
animals birds Dasyornithidae Dasyornis brachypterus eastern bristlebird E E 9
animals birds Estrildidae Poephila cincta cincta black-throated finch (white-rumped V E 1
animals birds Haematopodidae Haematopus fuliginosus sooty oystercatcher R 9
animals birds Laridae Sternula albifrons little tern E 69/2
animals birds Meliphagidae Melithreptus gularis black-chinned honeyeater R 3
animals birds Menuridae Menura alberti Albert’s lyrebird R 104
animals birds Pachycephalidae Pachycephala olivacea olive whistler R 1
animals birds Podargidae Podargus ocellatus plumiferus plumed frogmouth V 20/2
animals birds Procellariidae Pterodroma heraldica Herald petrel E CE 1/1
animals birds Psittacidae Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni Coxen’s fig-parrot E E 3
animals birds Psittacidae Lathamus discolor swift parrot E E 9
animals birds Rallidae Lewinia pectoralis Lewin’s rail R 9
animals birds Rostratulidae Rostratula australis Australian painted snipe V V 1
animals birds Scolopacidae Numenius madagascariensis eastern curlew R 240/2
animals birds Strigidae Ninox strenua powerful owl V 16
animals birds Turnicidae Turnix melanogaster black-breasted button-quail V V 2
animals birds Tytonidae Tyto tenebricosa sooty owl R 9
animals insects Lycaenidae Acrodipsas illidgei Illidge’s ant-blue V 5
animals insects Papilionidae Ornithoptera richmondia Richmond birdwing V 14
animals mammals Balaenopteridae Megaptera novaeangliae humpback whale V V 10
animals mammals Dasyuridae Dasyurus maculatus maculatus spotted-tailed quoll (southern V E 14
animals mammals Dugongidae Dugong dugon dugong V 6/2
animals mammals Macropodidae Petrogale penicillata brush-tailed rock-wallaby V V 2
animals mammals Muridae Xeromys myoides false water-rat V V 93/2
animals mammals Phascolarctidae Phascolarctos cinereus (southeast Queensland koala (southeast Queensland V 586
bioregion) bioregion)
animals mammals Potoroidae Potorous tridactylus tridactylus long-nosed potoroo V V 8/1
animals mammals Vespertilionidae Chalinolobus dwyeri large-eared pied bat R V 1
animals mammals Vespertilionidae Kerivoula papuensis golden-tipped bat R 1
animals reptiles Cheloniidae Chelonia mydas green turtle V V 2/1
animals reptiles Elapidae Acanthophis antarcticus common death adder R 3
animals reptiles Elapidae Hoplocephalus stephensii Stephens’ banded snake R 8/1
animals reptiles Scincidae Coeranoscincus reticulatus three-toed snake-tooth skink R V 2
animals reptiles Scincidae Harrisoniascincus zia R 1
animals reptiles Scincidae Ophioscincus truncatus R 8
animals reptiles Scincidae Saproscincus rosei R 1
I – Y indicates that the taxon is introduced to Queensland and has naturalised.
Q – Indicates the Queensland conservation status of each taxon under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. The codes are Presumed Extinct (PE), Endangered (E),
Vulnerable (V), Rare (R), Common (C) or Not Protected ( ).
A – Indicates the Australian conservation status of each taxon under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The values of EPBC are
Conservation Dependent (CD), Critically Endangered (CE), Endangered (E), Extinct (EX), Extinct in the Wild (XW) and Vulnerable (V).
Records – The first number indicates the total number of records of the taxon for the record option selected (i.e. All, Confirmed or Specimens).
This number is output as 99999 if it equals or exceeds this value. The second number located after the / indicates the number of specimen records for the taxon.
This number is output as 999 if it equals or exceeds this value.

Environmental Protection Agency Wildlife Online – Extract Date 15/01/2009 at 14:38:02

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