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Morans Falls Hike at O'Reilly's

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published May 19th 2019
Short hike to valley and waterfall views
The western edge of the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, which everyone calls O'Reilly's, is where to walk when you are looking for great views. The Morans Falls track is a 6.2 km return walk that gives you views of both the spectacular Morans Falls and Morans Creek Gorge.

Moran Falls
Moran Falls


The start of the hike is officially at the end of Centenary Track, about 150 metres down from the main car park but many people also park, directly across from the start of the hike on the side of the road. I would recommend parking at the main car park because, like most people, I want to head up to the O'Reilly's Mountain Cafe after the hike for coffee, cake, a snack or a meal.

The Centenary Track runs for the car park to the start of the walk
The Centenary Track runs for the car park to the start of the walk


The start of the track is clearly marked and if you are planning to park here, you will clearly see it on your left as you drive up to O'Reilly's. There are other unmarked tracks that connect to the walk, but this is the best place to start the walk.

The hike officially starts at a point 100 metres from the main O'Reilly's car park
The hike officially starts at a point 100 metres from the main O'Reilly's car park


The walk is an easy stroll through beautiful subtropical rainforest and is suitable for most levels of fitness. It is great for anyone looking for a casual stroll or if have young or older family members who want to do a short hike.

Walking through lush rainforest on the Moran Falls track
Walking through lush rainforest on the Moran Falls track


The two highlights of the walk are the views of the valley and of Morans Falls. The view from the lookout closest to the falls lets you see it from the side and there is usually at least some water flowing over the falls most of the year and it can be spectacular just after there has been a lot of rain.

On the hike, you will cross one creek by a little bridge. But if you look down the creek you will see that it ends abruptly. It is easy enough to rock-hop your way down this creek to get views down the valley from the top of the falls.

Rock hop down the creek for views down the valley
Rock hop down the creek for views down the valley


When you get to the end of the track, there is a large lookout area, which is a great spot for a picnic which enjoying the views down the valley and out over the plain. Many people do the walk in the late afternoon timed to enjoy the sunset but remember to take a torch or headlamp with you for the walk back.

Enjoying the view from the lookout
Enjoying the view from the lookout


Overall, a great little walk which can be combined with the walks to Python Rock and Patt's Bluff to make a walk just over 10 kms. The Green Mountains section is best known for its creeks and waterfalls over its views, but if you want an easy hike to great views and a waterfall, then Moran Falls is the walk for you.

After the hike, you can head to O'Reilly's Mountain Cafe for coffee, snacks and meals with a view. The service at this cafe is not the greatest, but it still is a decent place to stop at the end of a walk.

The back deck of O'Reilly's Mountain Cafe also provides great views
The back deck of O'Reilly's Mountain Cafe also provides great views
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Why? An easy walk to a beautiful waterfall and spectacular views
Where: You can start walking from the O'Reilly's Car Park or park at the start of the walk about 100 metres back down Lamington National Park Road
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