O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat: Nature and tranquility in SE Queensland
O’REILLY’S Rainforest Retreat is the perfect place to stay and experience the wonders of Australia’s World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, two hours south of Queensland capital Brisbane. Lamington National Park is one of the most bio-diverse spots in the country and O’Reilly’s offers a wealth of opportunities to experience its fauna and flora. There is a range of accommodation available at O’Reilly’s to suit all budgets and groups.
What makes it special?
The O’Reilly family has been based in Lamington National Park for almost 100 years, even before it was first declared a national park. They’ve been helping tourists discover the delights of the park for three generations and are still involved in the day-to-day running of the retreat. Not only are they pioneers of Lamington, they’ve become part of its history too – so you’re in good hands.
What to expect?
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat tries to blend in as much as possible with its natural surrounds. That means using locally sourced timber so there’s an earthy feel to the rooms. It also means lots of exposed wooden beams and an open deck with superb views over the rainforest right on your doorstep. They’ve also removed televisions and telephones from the room so there are no distractions from your natural surrounds – rest assured there are phones for use if you need one. But mobiles don’t work so well up here and the idea is not just to relax and rejuvenate but reconnect with the friends and family you might have brought with you.
What is there to do?
Lamington National Park is renowned for its biodiversity and contains 20,200 hectares of varying forest types, over 160 species of sub-tropical birdlife and an array of reptiles, frogs, mammals and invertebrates. There are plenty of walking tracks to explore and you can set out on these alone, or you can join the Discovery Program and join guided walks, 4WD excursions, night time wildlife spotting or evening documentaries.
Those seeking an indulgent holiday will avail of the infinity pool and health treatments at the Lost World Spa. Or there’s good food and wine to be had in the Dining Room and a roaring fire at night.
What’s the damage?
Staying at O’Reilly’s starts at AUD $163 (US $69) for a single room. The cheapest double is the Garden View Room at AUD $278 (US $290) per night for double occupancy. However guests might find the package deals more appealing and better value for money. Some include breakfast, wine tasting, the evening meal, morning/afternoon tea, guided walks and even spa packages.
There is a minimum night stay for most bookings and rates do vary over peak periods and weekends. Packages are usually not valid over Easter and Christmas and are often listed with the price per person so check carefully before booking.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Lamington National Park Road, Canungra, Queensland 4275, Australia