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Published January 11th 2016
A beautiful waterfall and walk so close to the Gold Coast
Lamington national park is a haven for beautiful scenic nature walks with plentiful waterfalls and natural swimming pools for people to enjoy. One walk you should take a day to enjoy is the Morans Falls and clearing track. Located on the western side of Lamington national park is the world heritage listed O' Reilly's rainforest retreat, where you will find this walk.
Getting to O' Reilly's retreat is about an hour and fifteen minute drive from the Gold Coast. Follow the pacific highway and take the exit to Nerang and head west. Follow the signage to Canungra which is the closest village to the area and is it a smart place to fill up and get something to eat before reaching the retreat. Turn onto Kidston street when leaving the village and then the main road is Lamington National Park road which becomes narrow and windy but is visually amazing and awe striking. Staying on the main road and following it to the very end will take you to the retreat, however the falls is a stop just before with signage and parking to begin the walk.
To get to the clearing or waterfall on the journey
It is a 4.6 kilometre return walk to the falls opening and an extra 100 metres to Morans clearing which is an incredible view of both the falls and as far as the eyes can see of the glorious Lamington National Park. The path is surrounded by an amazing tropical rainforest of booyongs, figs and brush box to the falls but you don't have to just get a outsider view of the falls. There isn't a clear path to the edge but jumping rocks and taking caution with the slippery environment you are able to reach the edge of the falls and see the majesty of the dramatic scene of running water into the National Park, it really is a sight and here are some photos to hopefully encourage you to do this route!
The walk to the edge of the falls
The water rushing at the edge of the waterfall
Morans clearing - perfect spot and view to have a picnic
As always when visiting national parks be sure to be mindful of the area, take rubbish with you and leave only footprints. Most of all enjoy the nature that is surrounding you!