Start: O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains Section of Lamington National Park)
Distance: 4.4km return (from road) or 6km return (if starting from the O’Reilly’s Information Centre)
Time: 1.5 hours
Closest Town: Canungra
When I am in Queensland and have a bit of extra time to spare, I head to the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. While it takes a little while extra to drive up the winding path to O’Reilly’s, it is well worth the effort to see the gorgeous rainforest and views of valleys and gorges. Lamington National Park is by far one of my favourite places to walk in and just 90 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast (Green Mountains section), the 100 year old national park covers over 20,000 hectares and contains a variety of forests, waterfalls and creeks to experience up-close.
The track starts just 800m downhill from the O’Reilly’s Information Centre where the track splits to two paths. Take the left hand alternative which points to Moran Falls. The tack is well-marked and generally quite flat or slightly downhill. A view of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge can be seen from the constructed lookout located before the creek crossing. You can continue after this point for a couple of hundred metres until you reach spectacular outlook of the Main Ranges. Return the same way as you came.
To find out more visit: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/about