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Toolona Creek Circuit, Lamington National Park

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published November 21st 2019
A beautiful rainforest and waterfall walk
Toolona Creek Circuit in Lamington National Park at O'Reilly's is a beautiful 17.4 kilometre walk through world heritage rainforest, past lots of waterfalls and cascades, with lovely views.

Chalahn Falls
Chalahn Falls


The walk starts from O'Reillys, near the picnic tables and toilet block. It can be walked in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. We walked it clockwise to enjoy all the waterfalls while we were fresh.

Elabana Falls
Elabana Falls


We stopped for a short time at Picnic Rock, before turning off the Box Forest Circuit track near Elabana Falls. The previous time I visited Elabana Falls, I didn't climb over the wet rocks to get a good look at the falls, but it was dry this trip, so I did climb up and over the dry rocks. There wasn't as much water going over the Falls that I had seen in many photos, but it was still very beautiful.

Climbing down from Elabana Falls
Climbing down from Elabana Falls


We had morning tea by the falls before continuing our walk beside Toolona Creek, up through the narrow Toolona Gorge, which provides a protected refuge for many ancient flowering Gondwana species to the creek's headwaters. We walked past lots of waterfalls, including the spectacular Chalahn Falls and Toolona Falls.

Morning Tea
Morning Tea


There are short side tracks to get to some of the waterfalls. There are numerous creek crossings, which could be slippery in wet weather and you do need shoes or boots with good grip, but we were lucky as it was dry when we were there. The dry weather also stopped us getting eaten alive by leeches, which is a problem when it is wet.

Rainforest
Rainforest


We had great views from some lookouts along the way, including from the Wanungara lookout at the top of Mt Wanungara.
We walked by the Antarctic Beech forest near Wanungara Lookout where we had lunch. The lookout overlooks the Limpinwood Valley and Murwillumbah. We could also see Mt Warning in the far distance. The track then joined the Main Border Track via Mount Bithongabel back to O'Reillys.

Nice View
Nice View


This walk takes around 5 -6 hours depending on fitness levels and stops. There are lots of really nice areas to stop and take photos and enjoy the environment, so you need to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the walk.

On the track
On the track


On the way back along the border track, we saw some yellow tailed black cockatoos and stopped for a long time to observe some Eastern Yellow Robins and Rufous Fantail birds flying around in a large tree beside the track only a couple of kilometres from O'Reillys. It would be a bird watcher's paradise.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin


We had some coffee and snacks at O'Reillys café before heading back to Brisbane. It was a very enjoyable day.

Flowering Lillies
Flowering Lillies


Views from lookout
Views from lookout


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Why? A beautiful rainforest walk with lots of waterfalls
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Where: Toolona Creek Circuit, Lamington National Park
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