My video for one of the I’m a backpacker contests – it actually won me a skydive!
Our favourite activity of the whole I’m A Backpacker competition week was the Binna Burra lodge stay. We drove out to the Lamington National Park from Surfers Paradise, the drive was beautiful and took around 50 minutes – I’m not sure if there is any public transport out this way however. We had a rental car for the week and I would highly recommend getting a hire car/camper to explore this hinterland area.
We spent a day here exploring and having a go at some of the awesome activities on offer. Our guide for the morning was Dean and within minutes of heading off to the activity site he has pulled over to show us a carpet python with its dinner half way down its belly – very strange sight. Dean obviously loves this place and his job because he was so positive and had so much to share with us about the area. There is so much on offer at the Binna Burra Lodge so I’ll break it down a little for you…
We stayed in their safari style tents which were located next to the camping area. The tents were fully equipped with proper beds and a few pieces of furniture. Our tent even had a proper wooden door however others had just a zip door. The outer shell was a typical canvas style tent however it had a proper tin roof to it as well. Each tent was built on a platform with a space for table and chairs outside of the tent. They each had a working light but no other power switches. I loved the fact our tent had a fire circle outside for a campfire.
Other sleeping options were to pitch your own tent, to park up a campervan which would be perfect for backpackers roadtrippin’ in a camper van. They also had luxury cabins up near to the main reception area these are equipped with double or twin beds, with an option of ensuite or share bathroom.
There is also sky lodges or the Grooms Cottage but these are for larger groups or a lot pricier.
The Lamington Teahouse is a typical café style place, located down with the camping area but still sporting beautiful views. We ate lunch here and the food was brilliant – large portions and delicious choices. The pricing is also within budget.
The Clifftop Dining Room is located up at the reception area and has huge glass windows to show off the view. We got breakfast here as part of a package and the buffet provided was brilliant.
BBQ and outdoor cooking areas were located in the camping area. You paid $1 for 15 minutes of gas for either the BBQ or hob. We used the BBQ to cook ourselves dinner and luckily they had lights as we spent the last daylight hours watching the sun set.
Abseiling is the number one activity at Binna Burra with three different heights offered; 10m, 40m and 90m. We did the 40m while we were there and also had a look at the 90m. Before we did the 40m we took a look at the 90m and decided we were very thankful we weren’t trying that today – it looked incredibly steep. The 40m didn’t take too long to set up and the four of us had completed it within an hour, the worst thing about abseiling is getting the ropes from the person who has just finished to the person who is about to go down next.
The Flying Fox was the next activity and located just by the 40m abseil. At 160m long it was just pure fun for the whole ride. We kept our harnesses on and were strapped in via some ropes and carabiner clips. It didn’t take long to get set up and start going so we each got two turns on the flying fox.
Walking is probably the most popular activity, with a handful of different tracks all of different lengths, there is enough to keep you entertained for a few days. We chose to walk the Cave Circuit at 5km it took us just over an hour in total. The views were incredible and there were several caves for us to walk through. The sound as we walked around this sub-tropic rainforest was magical; you could just hear how much wildlife was present in this area. We were lucky enough to see a paddy melon during our walk.
The lodge offers organised group activities every day, this includes a guided walk in the afternoon and an indoor activity in the evening.
Binna Burra had so much to offer us for the day – abseiling and the flying fox were probably my favourite. The accommodation was much more adequate than I had imagined and the views around the lode were breath-taking – I was so grateful to watch an Australian sunset from here too. To make this a real backpacker location they would need to provide transport between here and Surfers either as a day trip or overnight trip, however if you are travelling with transport this is already a brilliant location to add in to your route. I never realised there was rainforest along the Gold Coast let alone an area as beautiful as this – think I’m a Celeb as that is filmed just around the corner.