The proposed enhancements to the campground – located adjacent to the existing 90-year old Rainforest Retreat - will kick off mid next year and include 15 new environmentally sustainable safari tents, envisaged to be a major draw card for visitors to the Gold Coast hinterland seeking a unique rainforest experience.
For those who prefer to bring their campervan, an additional 20 powered RV sites are planned to compliment the existing 30 tent and van sites, all boasting mountain and rainforest views with plenty of natural sunshine year round.
In order to entice families and school groups to make use of the pristine premises and surrounding national park, a vibrant community research centre (re-purposed from an old toilet block) will also play host to informative lectures, presentations and kids eco-activities.
Managing Director Shane O'Reilly from O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat said the new accommodation reflects a contemporary approach to camping.
“With safari tents, just about anyone can give camping a go,” Mr O'Reilly said.
“We live in an amazing part of the world and I would encourage more people to experience the outdoors.
“Safari tents are a great option for families wanting to try camping but without the hassle and expense of purchasing all the necessary equipment.
“The semi-permanent tents will include a double bed and bunks and we will be using eco-smart materials to help cope with the humidity and rainfall.
“We're also excitingly planning an undercover common area, welcoming camp kitchen and communal fire pit for guests to kick back and share experiences after a day's hiking.
“Flushing toilets at the campground will use recycled water from next year, lighting will be energy efficient and storm water drainage will be improved as part of the park upgrade.
“We want to welcome more visitors to Lamington National Park and inspire them to be advocates for national parks through experiencing this area for themselves.”
Minister for National Parks Dr Steven Miles said the Queensland Government had given the go-ahead for O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat to revitalise the Green Mountains campground.
“Green Mountains campground is getting a complete facelift to enhance visitor experience,” Dr Miles said.
“These new ecotourism facilities will have environmental, social and financial benefits, and is a good example of government working with the private sector to improve ecotourism.
“This project will not only offset existing costs of management for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service but will also contribute to conservation and management of the national park through direct financial contribution and other initiatives supporting conservation of wildlife.