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November 15, 2012

Binna Burra Lodge on Lamington National Park’s border

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge was founded in 1933 by Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey and has gone on to be one of Australia’s longest-established nature-based destinations. Groom and Lahey purchased the last freehold land on the boundary of Lamington National Park and formed a public company to fund the establishment of what has become the Binna Burra Lodge.

These two pioneering conservationists shared a vision to create a place in the mountains where visitors could stay and experience up close, the beauty of the Lamington National Park rainforest. Through educational programs and guided walks, they believed more people would become committed to preserving this natural wilderness for future generations.

Binna Burra Lodge quickly became a popular destination with keen bushwalkers from all over the country. Guided, interpretive bushwalks were a feature of the Binna Burra experience even from the earliest days. It also attracted a number of scientists studying the flora and fauna of this living laboratory.

Another innovation of Binna Burra Lodge was the introduction of ‘Vacation Schools’ that started up in the 1960’s and continue today. These included the Wildlife Preservation Society, the Creative Arts and Photographic Schools and Greenfingers’ Week. The Lodge has gone on to build a reputation as an educational destination for those that want to connect and learn about this beautiful region.

Today for visitors, Binna Burra Lodge combines the peace and tranquillity of a mountain getaway with a unique opportunity to explore the rainforest environment. The Lodge provides accommodation for a limited number of guests in heritage-listed lodges with the original buildings built from hand-cut tallow wood slabs.

Some of the cabins date back to when Binna Burra Lodge was first established in the early 1930s. To help guests leave the outside world behind, televisions and telephones, clocks and radios are not found in guest rooms (though they are in the main Lodge). For the comfort of guests, all rooms provide tea and coffee making facilities, heaters, fans and are serviced daily.

As well as some of the most spectacular mountain views you are ever likely to see, guests at Binna Burra Lodge can enjoy the free daily programs of guided walks so they can experience and appreciate the rainforest as much as possible. As well, the more daring guests can experience adventure activities in the mountains that include abseiling from the cliffs.

For those that want to really relax, you can curl up next to the fire in the Lodge lounge with some educational books on the local flora and fauna from the lodge’s well-stocked library. And at the end of a day’s bush walking you can enjoy some hearty country fare and fine wines in the communal dining room.

For more information on this spectacularly located eco-accommodation, take a look at the Binna Burra Lodge website.

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