The Lost World and Christmas Creek

As far as names go, this one’s very accurate. This spectacular lost world is only a short drive south of Beaudesert, but feels like it’s a world away.

Overlooked by the dramatic razorback mountain and Lamington plateau, the valleys of the Lost World are a mix of mystical tangled forests, lush green pastures, wild rivers, pristine rock pools and off-the-track surprises.

There are no crowds, theme parks, shops or restaurants. Instead you’ll find quiet secluded spaces to relax in nature, to let children run free and to walk alone in untamed Australian rainforest wilderness. Book ahead and try horse riding or four-wheeldriving. milk a cow at Tommerup’s dairy, or learn to cook with wild foraged foods at the Wild Lime Cooking School.

When you stay in the lost world you can access privately-owned walking tracks and crystal-clear rock pools for fishing, swimming and picnics. Choose to overnight in one of the lost world’s charming farmhouses, cosy cabins, creek-side campgrounds, or a historic homestead, where you can also learn to crack a stock-whip and throw a boomerang.

Christmas creek offers visitors a relaxing, back-to-nature experience. If it’s total tranquility you’re after, book into one of the luxury, five-star safari tents at nightfall camp. It’s been rated among Australia’s leading glamping experiences.

The Lost World and Christmas Creek

Things to do

  • Visit the seasonal Darlington Community Markets and try the local food, talk to local artists and craftspeople and shop the array of unique offerings.
  • Follow the Lost World Tourist Drive which incorporates the Kerry Valley and its rich farming and dairy heritage, the lush green pastures of the Lost World and the rugged Lamington Gorge, where Christmas Creek flows from mountain springs deep in the wilderness end of Lamington National Park.
  • Enjoy a relaxed, back-to-nature experience in Christmas Creek.
  • Book into one of the luxury, five-star safari tents at the Nightfall Camp, it’s been rated among Australia’s leading glamping experiences.
  • Take a cooking class in the unique and stunning surrounds of the Worendo Cottages and Wild Lime Cooking School. Amazing views and incredible local food are served in abundance.
  • Visit the Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and learn how these sixth-generation farmers run their business. Meet the resident menagerie of cows, pigs, chickens and goats and stock up on farm-fresh produce at the farm larder.
  • BYO horses and head for Stay at Kirro. It’s a renovated Queenslander set on a beautiful cattle property in the Kerry Valley. There are facilities for horses and plenty of amazing trails to explore.
  • Book into a local farm stay, cottage or cabin and enjoy the tranquillity and peace. Check out Cedar Glen Farmstay, Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead, Cave Rock Cottages, Worendo Cottages, Christmas Creek Cabins, Mana Carroo, Beaumont High Country Homestead and Wongari Eco Retreat.