The Gold Coast is Australia’s theme park capital. With a range of combo and multi-day passes to choose from, thrill-seekers will find plenty to keep them entertained. Here’s a rundown of the best Gold Coast theme parks.
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
Lamington National Park Road, Gold Coast, Queensland
Visitors to O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk stroll through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees, covered in vines, ferns, and orchids and home to numerous birds and animals. The two observation decks are accessible by ladder and allow a unique, bird’s-eye view. The highest deck, 98.5 feet (30 meters) off the forest floor, allows visitors to emerge from the top of the canopy to take in sweeping views across the rain forest. Informative placards help visitors identify plants along the walk.
Guided full-day trips to O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk from Brisbane and the Gold Coast are available and often stop at nearby attractions such as Mt. Tamborine and Gallery Walk. Active visitors will enjoy the many hiking trails nearby, while younger visitors can take on activities such as bird feeding and learning to throw a boomerang.
Things to Know Before You Go
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is free to experience.
Visitors should wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes.
The weather is several degrees cooler here than in Brisbane or the Gold Coast; it’s a good idea to pack a light layer and some wet-weather gear.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the reception area at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
For those not visiting as part of a guided tour, be aware that the road up is very narrow and winding.
How to Get There
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is located at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, at the western edge of Lamington National Park. It’s about two hours by road south of Brisbane and 90 minutes by road west of the Gold Coast. Access the mountain resort via Canungra.
When to Get There
O’Reilly’s is open year-round and can be visited anytime. The best time to see birds is either early morning or late afternoon. The most pleasant weather is during the Australian spring (September through November) and autumn (March through May), when it’s warm but not wet.
Other Activities at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
In addition to the treetop walk, there are numerous other activities at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Hikes are always popular, particularly to waterfalls such as Moran’s Falls and Elabana Falls. Other activities include bird feeding, ziplining, a birds of prey show, a glowworm experience, and a Segway tour, among others.
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