Binna Burra Mountain Lodge serves up traditional, hearty and fresh country-style food in the beautiful natural surrounds of Lamington National Park

Rain. We’ve probably had enough for a while. Unless, of course, you live in a rainforest like the Lamington National Park, located just over an hour from Brisbane.

The Lamington National Park – named after Lord Lamington, who also gave his name to the iconic coconut crusted chocolate sponge cake – is known for its natural beauty. It is lush with rainforests, birdlife, ancient trees, waterfalls and many rare species, including the blue Lamington Crayfish found only on the Lamington plateau in pools and streams. It’s in this pristine environment that you find Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, originally founded in 1933 by Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey, two enthusiastic bushwalkers and conservationists.

Today Binna Burra Mountain Lodge offers a range of accommodation from the original simple cabins to the recently opened contemporary Sky Lodges.

The lodge offers five meals a day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The Clifftop Dining Room (pictured), with its refectory tables and leather-bound chairs, sits on top of a ridge with sensational views of the Coomera Valley. And, in true Binna Burra tradition, the staff still ring the dinner bell to let guests know that meal-time has begun. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is a social venue and dinner is served at shared tables. The fixed three-course dinner menu changes daily. Our entrée was delivered to our table in a large tureen and we helped ourselves to the thick potato and vegetable soup, served with bread and butter. For main course there was a choice of roast lamb with roast vegetables – a little overcooked for my liking but still juicy and tender, served with a rich rosemary gravy – or chicken cacciatore with rice, sweet and sour prawns and a vegetarian zucchini frittata. Diners can choose one or all – and there is a large bowl of mixed salad to share. Dessert is a buffet of freshly made treats including a delicious bread and butter pudding with walnuts, crisp on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside, and a tangy lemon delicious tart just like mum used to make.

This is hearty, generous, traditional and fresh country-style food, perhaps a little old-fashioned but good quality and filling – just the thing after a day bushwalking. The licensed bar provides a range of good Australian wines.

This is a relaxing place to sit back and watch a magnificent sunset over the mountain ranges while sharing stories with new-found friends and a glass of local wine.