The Lost World

Beaudesert to Christmas Creek
Distance: 144 km Time: 1 hr 40 min

Touching the wilderness section of the Lamington National Park, the Lost World offers so much more than spectacular breathtaking scenery. In the Lost World you will find hidden country cottages, farmstays, cabins, and campgrounds that are suitable for a family getaway or a romantic escape. There is a cooking school, arts events and spectacular walks. This drive is truly a journey of discovery. 4WD OPTION: Subject to road conditions, 4WD vehicles only can take Duck Creek Road from the Kerry Road. Duck Creek Road leads to the Green Mountains section of the Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

The lost world itinerary will start you in Beaudesert, at the very top of the scenic rim. This vibrant community is a great starting place for your road trip. The town is overlooked with dramatic razorback mountains. Start your trip refreshed with a meal at one of the local cafes, pubs or clubs, or, if you prefer a hands on approach, join in one of the local cooking classes and become a country masterchef. Once you have indulged in the country simplistic life of Beaudesert, jump in your car and head south to Tamrookum.

Head out and see the beautiful horses of Tamrookum, take a couple of lessons and you will be galloping and prancing like a professional and ready to move onto your next stop.

With the amazing food and olive gardens to walk in for hours, Rathdowney is anything but ordinary. Try the famous Dukkah (and save some for later, it will come in handy at your next picnic in the Scenic Rim). When you have tasted Rathdowney, you will head east towards Christmas Creek. Christmas Creek and The Lost World Valley are an enchanting addition to your road trip. As far as names go, The Lost World is very accurate. The road narrows as you head into this magical lost world. Be sure to go to the Darlington Markets, and immerse yourself in the history of pioneers as you discover your own adventure in the various hikes in the valley. Swim, fish and picnic beside Christmas Creek, and relax for the night before moving onto Kerry in a beautiful Bed and breakfast.

Top Things To Do

  • Stop off at the Beaudesert Market Fest on the 1st Saturday of each month
  • Grab a coffee at the quirky and cute cafe “Bean To” in Beaudesert
  • Break up the trip with a stay in the vineyard cottages at Barney Creek
  • Then grab some lunch at the famous Lilydale Country Cafe, well known for its food and farm stays