WALK BACK IN TIME
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.
Picturesque falls and ancient trees are all part of the charm of the Green Mountains.