Discovery Events

Image: Courtesy of Lamington Eco Challenge

The one stop place for all events occurring throughout the year at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.

Lantern Ghost Tour at O'Reilly's


Join Lantern Ghost Tours to discover the secrets, mysteries and hauntings of the magical, lost world of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Watch as the Rainforest comes alive with activity of the supernatural kind when the sun fades into darkness. Playful min min lights emerge silently out of the midnight shadows, enticing unsuspecting victims to follow them into the depths of the rainforest, never to return. 

For more information and/or to book contact O'Reilly's or the Lantern Ghost Tours page.  

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Forest Weekend

31st OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER 2014

Join our visiting experts for an insight into the complex world of the Rainforest. Learn about Lamington's part in the 'Gondwana Rainforests of Australia' World Heritage site and the fascinating features that warrant its inclusion. In the past Forest Weekend guests have joined the likes of Bill McDonald (Queensland Herbarium) to discover the different make-up of trees and leaves within the forest. This years guest speakers combined with legendary O'Reilly's such as Big Pete O'Reilly are sure to provide a insight into the unique flora of the Lamington National Park region. Often combined with the following weeks 'Bird Week' this weekend is suited to all those interested in the flora of the region from novice botanists, students or those that just enjoy being involved and learning about the natural environment. 

Forest Weekend 2014 Program & Reg Form

To view the 2014 Forest Weekend program or join the event, please download the Program and Registration form by clicking the box on the right, fill in your details and send back to our office.

37th Annual Bird Week

2nd - 9th NOVEMBER 2014

O'Reilly's is excited to announce its 37th Annual Bird Week . This event has become Australia's leading birding event. The 2014 event will welcome a number of guest speakers as well as local guides Tim O'Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, Bill McDonald and Duncan Fowler.

The program offers ample opportunities to visit all the hot spots and uncover the special birds of Lamington National Park. It really is a bird enthusiast's dream. As we are anticipating 2014 to be even more successful than previous years, we encourage all who are interested to register as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out. 

NOTE: a registration fee does apply and the Bird Week 2014 program schedule and guest speakers are subject to change.

BONUS: UK Celebrity Stephen Moss (Documentary producer at BBC Natural History Unit) will be joining us for Annual Bird Week! 

Bird Week 2014 Program

To view download a pdf version of the 2014 program, please select the image to the right. 

Please note the program is subject to change without notice.

Bird Week 2014 - Registration form

To join the 2014 Bird Week please download the Registration form by clicking the box on the right, fill in your details and send back to our office.

Photography Competition 2014

26th NOVEMBER 2014

After an overwhelming response, our O'Reilly's judges announced Mark Hanson the winner of the O'Reilly's Annual Photo Comp '13 with his tremendous sunset photo which you can view on our Facebook page. 

Spectacular sunsets over the Macpherson Ranges, wildlife in action and defining 'O'Reilly's' moments - these are the photographs that shaped the first O'Reilly's Photo Comp, from more than 600 entries across a number of countries. 

The Annual Photo Comp '14 will be back again on the 26th November, the category is "up close and personal of flora + fauna". Look out for more details during the next few months and if you stay at O'Reilly's during winter, remember to take some photos and compile them for the competition launch in November! 

Photo: 2013 finalist Todd Burrows

Lamington Light Photography Weekend

FRIDAY 5th - 7th DECEMBER 2014

Join experienced photographer and videographer Glen Threlfo for a “locals” insight of the best views, wildlife hot spots and natural experiences Lamington National Park has to offer.

Lamington Light is a wonderful opportunity for you to get some great tips from our experts and the workshop also coincides with our annual photo comp, which runs from 26 NOV 2014 - 26 JAN 2015. The theme for this year's competition is "Up close and personal...flora + fauna". So now is the time to start shooting and compiling your entries for the competition launch in November.

Packages start from $285 per person, per night including all meals. 

Contact Reservations

Other partners doing more advanced workshops include:

Darran Leal (not until 2015) -

Michael Snedic and Mark Rayner -

Wildlife Week

18th - 23rd JANUARY 2015

Escape to the rainforest and discover another world this summer – the world of pademelons, bandicoots, echidnas, gliders, birds, reptiles and frogs. Join us for an exciting week of tracking, trapping and sneaking up on wildlife. The World Heritage listed subtropical rainforest of Lamington National Park is a perfect environment for anyone keen to learn more about our wildlife and provides the ideal opportunity for us to view them in their natural habitat. Our comprehensive program caters for everyone from the novice to those with serious interests in researching threatened species. Wildlife Week is a fantastic chance to discover many of the creatures that inhabit this unique and diverse region combining presentations with plenty of field trips to put new found knowledge into practice.

BONUS Eco Rangers Program FREE for children(4-11 years) during Wildlife Week if you book from today until 31 December 2014. 

Wildlife Week - James Hough – Artist in Residence

James Hough – Artist in residence

James Hough is an Artist with Kevin Hill’s Australian Top Ten Artists and exhibits with this group all over Australia throughout the year. His work is featured in the 2007 and 2010 Australian Top Ten Artists book. As well as exhibiting successfully in galleries throughout Australia his work has been published in a number of magazine articles such as The Australian Artist magazine, Birds Australia and Hunter Lifestyle and is well represented in many private collections in Australia and around the world

Wildlife Week 2015 Registration Form

To register for the 2015 Wildlife Week, please download and complete the registration form (by selecting the image on the right.) Once complete, please return the form to our office.

Autumn Birding Week 2015

1st - 6th MARCH 2015

From novices to seasoned spotters, birdos to twitchers – they will be nesting at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland for the annual Autumn Birding Week, Sunday 1st – Friday 6th March 2015. Surrounded by World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s is one of Australia’s premier birding destinations. For a bird enthusiast, this means the opportunity to spot a diverse range of species, including a range of raptors, elusive eucalypt forest birds, such as the Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Spotted Quail-thrush, and those that make the coastal swamps and lagoons their home.