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.


Stinson Walks

 15-17, 29-31 AUGUST   (Final dates for 2014)

All walks depart early on the chosen Saturday morning and arrive back Saturday evening.

* Please note: dates are subject to change and minimum numbers apply

Retrace Bernard O'Reilly's famous journey through mountainous rainforest terrain as he searched for the survivors of the ill-fated Stinson plane crash 75 years ago. Experience one of Australia's iconic walks on this rugged yet rewarding journey.

For more information inc prices, click here to view the Stinson Walk page.

WARNING: Please ensure you read the 'Fitness Requirement Guidelines' before planning your Stinson walk. Download requirements by clicking here


Lamington Eco Challenge

9-10 AUGUST 2014

The 2nd annual Lamington Eco Challenge is a trail running event featuring some tough terrain in the Scenic Rim Hinterland in South East Queensland, including four wheel drive tracks, grassy paddocks, bush and rainforest walking trails as well as having to negotiate creeks, gates, cattle grids and the potential wandering livestock.

The event starts and finishes at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat and competitors will have the option of either a 42km Marathon or a 21km Half Marathon distances on one or both days and can also enter as a team.

For more information or to enter please click the link below

We are offering great package rates for those attending, to book at O'Reilly's call or email reservations  or call 1800 688 722

Lunar Star Party celebrating ‘Intl Observe The Moon Night’

5-6 SEPTEMBER 2014  

O’Reilly’s offers the perfect location for amateur astronomers to view our universe, given the clear nights that winter brings.  Enjoy presentations and night viewings hosted by our expert leader, Noeleen Lowndes (NASA’s Saturn Observation Campaign Member in Australia).

For more information on the global event and other astronomy information please visit the International Observe the Moon night webpage:

Wellness Retreat

12-14 SEPTEMBER 2014


Why is it that diets don’t work? Why is it we have a niggle that keeps coming back? What is it that stops us from being totally healthy?

This is what our Rainforest Retreat is all about. Finding the primary reason and then addressing it. Years of proven formulas to be discovered in a single weekend. Find out the simplicity of being healthy without fad diets and fancy shakes. Find out just how simple it is to lose weight and have more energy.

Imagine the freedom of 3 nights away with like-minded people, sharing information without the distractions of phones, computers and work; and eating the best, freshest, tastiest meals you have ever experienced.

For more information or to book go to;

Lantern Ghost Tour at O'Reilly's

HALLOWEEN FRIDAY 31st October 2014

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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O-Beast Mountain Mongrel 2014

4th OCTOBER 2014 (Labour day long weekend)

Join us at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for the O-Beast Mountain Mongrel 2014, which aims to create awareness and help fight childhood obesity with 3 fantastic fundraising events in one day:

  • 3km Family & Kid Friendly Challenge
  • 20km Mountain Mongrel Challenge
  • 60km Extreme Mega Mongrel Challenge

Help us Conquer the O-Beast and enter the Mountain Mongrel.


Leaping Lizards Can Do No Wrong


After two hugely successful gigs during the year at O'Reilly's, The Leaping Lizards will be returning to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat for another concert on the October long weekend. Their uniquely rootsy sound was a big hit with our guests at previous performances. Thus it was an easy decision to re-book the band again to bring down the house. We hope you enjoy some delicious comfort food, O'Reilly's wine, live music and late night bush dancing in the dining room from 6:30pm onwards. 

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Forest Weekend

31-2 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 Registration Form

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

37th Annual Bird Week

2-9 NOVEMBER 2014

O'Reilly's is excited to announce its 37th Annual Bird Week . This event has become Australia's leading birding event. The 2013 event welcomed 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. Please 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 Celebrities Bill Oddie (The Goodies, activist, birder, businessman) and Stephen Moss (Documentary producer at BBC Natural History Unit) will be joining us for Annual Bird Week! 

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

26 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


Join experienced photographer and videographer Glen Threlfo and amateur photographer Matt Kelly 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

18-23 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 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

1 - 6 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.