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Published July 6th 2016
GC's beautiful Lamington NP offers scenery and adventure
Three Must-Do Walks of Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park on the Gold Coast is home to a variety of beautiful lookouts, scenic hikes, cafes and waterfalls. After spending months retreating for natural exercise amongst this area I've compiled a list of the top 3 walks I think are a must do when visiting Lamington. We all love the beaches of the Gold Coast but our National Parks should never be overlooked. So why make the trip out here? To escape the city and spend some much needed down-time surrounded in a dense & lush national park, only an hour and a half drive from Brisbane.
Lamington National Park although not Queensland's largest or first national park, this relatively young park is becoming known as Queensland's National Park' for its significant beauty and serenity being so isolated. Effectively, it provides food and shelter for over 160 species of birdlife, reptiles, frogs, mammals and invertebrates. This place has to be my most favourite area in south-east Queensland for how challenging some walks can be and the simple natural beautiful of the National Park. There are plenty more notable hikes, waterfalls and lookouts to be seen not just mentioned in this article. If you happen to take this article on and explore the area, let me know your favourite spots in the comments below.
First trip to recommend is a part of the O' Reilly's section in Lamington National Park, where you will find 'Elabana Falls'. This waterfall is I find one of the most stunning out of all that there are in the National Park. The route is approximately 8km return on the Box Forest Circuit and if you're feeling up for chasing waterfalls, you can walk a bit further than 'Elabana' and find the 'Box Log Falls'. After you're done on your walk why not enjoy a meal from the dining options at O' Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. For more information on the menu and where to eat and stay, you can head to oreillys.com.au
Last, but not least, is the Gwongoorool Track. This walk is more difficult than the first two mentioned, but the end of the track makes for a pretty amazing place to have lunch, relax and even swim on a hot summer's day. Gwongoorool is a large rock pool connected to the Coomera River, and it is heavenly, although cold, to take a dip in the natural pool surrounded by cliff structures and rainforest. I experienced a bit of a bad time with the leeches in the area, so be mindful if that can make you a bit squeamish and the pool also has several 'tame' eels. I didn't have a problem with this in the three times that I've been and swam, but it has been noticed by other visitors. This track is around 6km return so be mindful to begin heading back while it's still light. It gets dark very quickly and visibility when walking back up the steps can make it a dangerous endeavour. As the track is downhill, you all know the only way back is up so it can be tiring on your legs but definitely good exercise. This would have to be one of my all time favourite walks and places to relax for a day and have lunch. It is well worth trying it out.