Wednesday morning we passed through Canungra to take the winding, steep road to O'Reilly's, in the Lamington National Park. Coffee was enjoyed at the Kamarun Lookout with its 180 degree panorama of the valley below. We were delighted to have our number increase by 1, with the lovely Laurel now having time to join us. A little nonsense ensued, while we took our 'Walking Down Under' photo.
Who forgot to bring their umbrella?
Early in the walk, Laurel required expert tuition on how to lengthen her poles.
I have visited O'Reillys on many occasions with overseas visitors, to share the beauty of Lamington's rainforest and its abundant, colourful, bird life. There's never been time to do a walk longer than that of Moran's trail. In addition, I don't recall anyone mentioning the Box circuit, let alone stating it was easily accessible and a must do. I stumbled upon it via a new 'what to in Brisbane' site and was hesitant, as walking notes were hard to come by.
Such a waste, and I now look forward to exploring a number of other trails in this area.
Again the forecast was for possible showers and given our previous good fortune, we assumed our luck would hold. Some of us were more prepared than others, however 'rain' was just one of the many ELEMENTS that made this walk 'down under' just amazing.
A variety of footpaths took us on a graded zig zag trail down to Canungra Creek and its waterfalls.
Impressive towering trees.
Awe inspiring, soaring Brush Box trees up to 1500 years old. I can't believe I did not know about them.
Astounding root masses of the Brush Box.
Endless varieties of sensational algaes.
Lianas, palms and dense undergrowth.
A rocky, gurgling creek and tumbling waterfalls, making a perfect spot for lunch.
Eerie moments when the moss and roots took on strange forms.
Fun and laughter of tricky crossings.
4 hours later we returned to O'Reilly's rather damp and on the constant lookout for leeches, who were very determined to come home with us.
Driving back down the mountain, we were delighted to spot numerous wallabies, who quite happily posed for the camera. A special finale to another spectacular day "walking down under with friends".
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