Alcheringa was built in the early seventies by Donn Groom, one of the sons of Arthur Groom, co-founder of Binna Burra Lodge.

The house was designed by Brisbane architect Robin Spencer, using some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles, such as an organic appearance, natural materials, an unobtrusive front entrance opening to a grand space. Donn built the 6 massive rock walls without cranes or heavy machinery. Then he employed carpenters to complete the building around the rock walls.


Whenever you can come –  Binna Burra is in season in all seasons.


Temperatures are always five degrees cooler than the Coast or Brisbane so you can still sleep under a blanket at night or enjoy walking in the cool rainforest or cooling off in a mountain stream or waterfall.


February to April is officially the wet season but definitely the best time to see the park with fruiting trees, a huge variety of colourful fungus, waterfalls in good flow and the rainforest at its most lush. There may be a shower or two with the best weather of the year between the wet spells. April is perhaps our favourite month of the year.


May to August is the most popular time for walking in South East Queensland with cool, crisp, dry sunny days, and the snakes, ticks and leeches are in hibernation. Great for sitting around the indoor and outdoor fireplaces.  You will also hear the liquid call of Albert’s Lyrebird echoing around the valleys.


September to October is for bird-lovers with the satin bower birds building their courting bowers, the dawn chorus of bird calls at its most insistent and of course wildflowers  are blooming in the heath country on the Dave’s Creek Walk (one of the best vegetation walks in Queensland.)


It takes at least a week to enjoy all the walks on this side of Lamington National Park.  If you are less energetic, you need at least three days to visit the nearby mountain resorts of Mt Tamborine (many art galleries, wineries and small National Parks), Springbrook (more small National Parks and waterfalls close to the road), O’Reillys (famous tree top walk).

If you have only the weekend available – that’s too bad but you can still have a relaxing break in the mountains.

ALCHERINGA has a three-night minimum for all bookings and ALCHERINGA TOO has a 2-night minimum.


Listen to the sounds of nature – bird calls in the morning, the wind in the casuarina trees, the sound of silence at night or the drum of rain on the tin roof or an owl calling.


Taste your own meals from the spacious kitchen which is equipped with every cooking utensil and equipment you could need.

Or dine nearby at the Binna Burra Clifftop Dining Room or Teahouse at the entrance to Lamington National Park – both a short walk or drive from the house.

Take a picnic lunch to a mountain lookout or waterfall.


Gaze at the views from every room; watch the changing weather as clouds sweep up from the valley; stargaze from the heated outdoor spa. Bird watch from the kitchen sink.


Smell the scent of the eucalypt forest, the freshness of the rainforest after rain, the musty smell of the humus on the forest floor as it provides life to the massive trees above.


Be touched by renewing old friendships, rediscovering your family in a natural environment, toasting marshmallows  in the fire-circle, or sitting around the indoor fireplaces. Indulge in a massage at nearby Binna Burra Lodge.

Want to stay at Alcheringa?