WALK BACK IN TIME

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

TO­DAY we’re off to the Box For­est track at O’Reilly’s Rain­for­est Re­treat in the Green Moun­tains, within Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park.

It’s been way too hot the past few weeks, so some ad­ven­tur­ing un­der­neath the shade of his­toric trees in the moun­tains be­hind the Gold Coast might be just the thing to cool us all off.

The highlight of this trip is the scenic walk­ing track you need to take to get to Pic­nic Rock, which is ex­actly as it sounds.

The per­fect spot to have a pic­nic.

To reach O’Reilly’s, drive to Ca­nun­gra and then fol­low Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park Rd to the very end. Then, to get to the hid­den gem that is Pic­nic Rock, you need to walk a short dis­tance down the Bor­der Track and then take the Box For­est track, which has a re­turn dis­tance of 10.9km.

Worth the ex­tra steps? That’s a yes. The track leads you past gor­geous pink-barked brush box trees. Some of the trees are thought to be around 1500 years old, mak­ing them some of the old­est trees on Aus­tralia’s main­land.

If you’re keen on do­ing the whole walk, it’s rec­om­mended you head off in a clock­wise di­rec­tion.

When you take this track, you’ll also find that Ela­bana Falls are close by.

Sounds like a per­fect day – a pic­nic, a dip and a re­fresh­ing walk un­der some of the na­tion’s old­est trees.

Pic­ture: BOB FAIR­LESS

Pic­turesque falls and ancient trees are all part of the charm of the Green Moun­tains.

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