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Published December 29th 2018
Waterfalls and Rainforest
On a recent bushwalk at O'Reilly's in Lamington National Park just before Christmas, Tracey had her favourite colour mauve tinsel draped around her daypack to get us in the Christmas spirit. We planned to walk the 10.9 kilometre Box Forest Circuit.
Six of us left Brisbane in two cars and drove to Canungra for a coffee stop before heading up to O'Reilly's. It was a perfect summer day. The Box Forest Circuit branches off the border track. There are two ways to go. Most people go left on the circuit, but we chose to go right. I enjoyed our way because we got to visit all the beautiful waterfalls while we were still fresh. Other people like to leave them till closer to the end of their walk.
The leeches were very hungry, even though we all had repellent on. We did manage to get most of them off our boots, poles and legs before they latched on. Brenda was lucky to see a Lamington Spiny crayfish on one of the creek crossings. The rest of us had already crossed over and missed it because it went under a rock before we had time to cross back.
The waterfalls had lots of water because of recent heavy rain. The track is well marked and fairly easy. It could be slippery after rain and some of the creek crossings do require care. One had water over the rocks we had to step across. Having good grippy boots and poles helped.
We also saw some interesting fungi. One clump looked like brown jelly. After looking online, I think it could have been Amber Jelly fungus (Exidia recisa), but I'm not sure, so maybe a reader can confirm this. Amber Jelly fungus is a common, wood-rotting species, which grows on dead wood.
About five kilometres from O'Reilly's, on the way back, we had a visit from a beautiful King Parrot. He landed on a tree right in front of us on the track. I've seen lots of them around the resort and the camping grounds, but it was lovely to see one in the rainforest in its natural habitat.