As the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring, nature comes alive in a spectacular burst of colour and activity. There’s no better time to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Binna Burra Lodge, nestled within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Woonoongoora – Lamington National Park. In this month’s blog post, we’ll explore why spring is the perfect season to visit Binna Burra and discover the unique accommodation that awaits you, including our Sky Lodges, Tiny Wild Houses, and the enchanting rainforest campsite and safari tents.

Embrace the Season of Renewal: Spring at Binna Burra
Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and there’s no place quite like Binna Burra Lodge to experience the magic of this season. The lush rainforest that surrounds Binna Burra comes alive with vibrant foliage, blooming flowers, and the melodious songs of native birds. Here are some reasons why spring is the ideal time to visit:

1. Blooming Wildflowers: Lamington National Park is home to an array of unique and beautiful wildflowers that burst into bloom during spring. Take a leisurely walk along the nearby trails and discover the incredible diversity of flora that calls this place home.

2. Perfect Weather: With mild temperatures and lower humidity, spring offers the perfect climate for outdoor adventures, from hiking and birdwatching to stargazing.

3. Waterfalls in Full Flow: The park’s waterfalls are at their most spectacular during spring, thanks to the rainfall of previous months. Don’t miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring cascades at their finest.

Accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge:

1. Sky Lodges: Perched high above the treetops, our Sky Lodges provide breathtaking views of the valleys beyond. These spacious and luxurious lodges are the perfect romantic getaway or family retreat, offering a serene escape from the outside world.

2. Tiny Wild Houses: For those seeking a cosy and sustainable experience, our Tiny Wild Houses offer all the comforts of home in a luxuriously compact and eco-friendly package. Enjoy the tranquillity of nature while reducing your environmental footprint.

3. Rainforest Campsite and Safari Tents: If you’re a nature enthusiast or adventurer, our rainforest campsite and safari tents offer an immersive experience like no other. Camp under the stars, listen to the sounds of the forest, and wake up to the melodies of birdsong.

Activities and Adventures:
During your springtime visit to Binna Burra Lodge, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you entertained:

Guided Nature Walks: Journey through the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Lamington, guided by local walking company Park Tours and their knowledgeable and experienced guides.

Birdwatching: Binna Burra is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a diverse range of avian species to spot.

Stargazing: The clear spring skies provide excellent stargazing opportunities. Join an astronomy session to marvel at the night sky.

Photography: Capture the beauty of spring in Woonoongoora – Lamington National Park through your lens.

Spring is a season of rebirth and transformation, and there’s no better place to experience its magic than Binna Burra and Woonoongoora. -Lamington National Park. With its lush rainforests, unique accommodations, and a wide range of activities, Binna Burra is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and create unforgettable memories. Book your spring getaway today and immerse yourself in the beauty of Lamington National Park. We can’t wait to welcome you to our slice of paradise!

Book your stay at Binna Burra Lodge and experience the magic of spring!

Congratulations go to one of our shareholders and Board member on the emerging Binna Burra Foundation, Dr Johanna Nalau.

Dr Nalau is based at the Griffith University School of Environment and Science and teaches the university’s world-first master’s degree in climate change adaptation.

Recently, she was named as the joint winner of the national Emerging Leadership Award alongside an academic from the University of New South Wales, recognising for her work in the climate adaptation field and her significant contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC).

Johanna represented the Binna Burra Foundation at the recent signing of the updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Griffith University, Binna Burra Lodge and the Binna Burra Foundation.

At the MOU signing in August 2023

Danielle Godbier, Director, Industry and External Engagement, Griffith University | Steve Noakes, Chair of Binna Burra Lodge Ltd | Dr Johanna Nalau, Griffith University and Board member of Binna Burra Foundation | Sally McPhee,  Principal Engagement Manager (Science, Engineering, IT & Environment) | Office of the Vice President Industry and External Engagement, Griffith University

In a timely discussion on ABC Radio’s morning show, Binna Burra Lodge’s Chairperson, Steve Noakes, engages with host Sarah Cumming to delve into the implications of the recently unveiled ‘Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for Spring 2023.’ Drawing on his firsthand experience of the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019 that significantly affected Binna Burra Lodge and the Beechmont community, Noakes discusses shifting climate patterns and heightened bushfire risks facing Binna Burra and other communities and businesses across Australia.

The interview underscores the importance of proactive preparation in light of the changing climate dynamics, as Noakes emphasises the necessity for individuals and communities to comprehend their local bushfire risks, access relevant information, and establish comprehensive plans. The upcoming season’s outlook, detailed in an innovative new format, aims to empower the nation’s residents with the knowledge and resources needed to enhance their safety and readiness for potential bushfire incidents.

Hear the full episode:

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Egg Rock, also known as Kurraragin in the Yugambeh language, is a prominent geological feature situated in the Numinbah Valley on the western side of the Nerang River in Woonoongoora, Lamington National Park. The rock formation, a plug of rhyolite that filled a subsidiary vent on the side of the Tweed Volcano, has become a 410-meter high pinnacle due to the erosion of the surrounding soil and rocks over millennia.

The eruption of the massive shield volcano at Mt Warning sent lava flows across the surrounding land, and in some places, lava forced its way up through vents and formed volcanic plugs. Kurraragin is an example of a rhyolite plug from the edge of the massive volcano.

Early visitors to Kurraragin enjoyed climbing to the summit and taking in the breathtaking 360-degree views from the top. In fact, the rock was even featured on the illustrated front cover of The Queenslander on May 4, 1938. However, climbing Kurraragin is now unauthorised.

The rock formation was declared an Aboriginal Heritage site of importance and is now closed to the public. The Yugambeh people, the traditional custodians of the land, hold a strong connection to the area and the rock. It is a sacred site that plays an important role in their culture and history.

While Kurraragin (Egg Rock) may no longer be accessible to the public, its significance as an important cultural and geological site cannot be overstated. It serves as a reminder of the rich history and natural beauty of the region and the importance of respecting and preserving it for future generations to appreciate.

Binna Burra Lodge provides the best viewing vantage point of this amazing rock formation. Visitors to the area can still take in the beauty of Kurraragin from the walking tracks at Binna Burra, where they can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest and the rock itself. The best accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge to take in views of Kurraragin are their brand new Tiny Wild Houses and the luxurious Sky Lodge apartments.

For the third year running, Binna Burra Lodge again welcomed a group of Architecture students from Griffith University as they conducted a field trip to assist them on an assessment project.

On behalf of Binna Burra, the students were addressed by Emeritus Professor Gordon Holden, the Chair of the Lodge Design Committee for the new lodge to be built on the site of the former heritage listed lodge destroyed in the September 2019 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires. They were also addressed by Tim Medhurst OAM, the Senior Development and Infrastructure Consultant for Binna Burra.

‘We enjoy having such study groups visit the Binna Burra Cultural Landscape’ said Steve Noakes, Chair of Binna Burra Lodge. ‘It continues a 90 year tradition of Binna Burra’s collaboration with Universities in Australia and from overseas, and, in this case, our very close partnership with Griffith University based here in South East Queensland.’

Kurraragin from Mt Roberts
Presenting to the students
Tim Medhurst and Gordon Holden
Tim Medhurst and Gordon Holden
Tim Medhurst at Mt Roberts
Tim Medhurst and Griffith Students
Tim Medhurst presenting at the Pottery Shed Conference Centre
Kurraragin from Mt Roberts
Presenting to the students
Tim Medhurst and Gordon Holden
Tim Medhurst and Gordon Holden
Tim Medhurst at Mt Roberts
Tim Medhurst and Griffith Students
Tim Medhurst presenting at the Pottery Shed Conference Centre
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