Hike from O'Reilly's to Elabana Falls via Picnic Rock
The hike to Elabana Falls is an in-and-out trail from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Lamington National Park where you’ll start by going past the Tree Top Walk and after visiting the waterfall, there’s the option on going on a much further circuit called the Lamington National Park Loop Walk, back to where you started from.
Leave your car at the O’Reilly’s day-use car park, walk past the lodge and on the other side of the road, you’ll see a trail heading into the forest that you’ll need to take.
Follow it for a few hundred metres, then you have the option of continuing straight or heading on the Tree Top Walk, which is a slight detour but well worth it!
The Tree Top Walk takes you along a suspended bridge that goes right up to the canopy, it’s a lot of fun! At the end of it, turn right and continue ahead to Picnic Rock & Elabana Falls (turning left will take you back to the start of the trail).
About 2 kms into the walk (if you skipped the Tree Top Walk), the trail then begins to zig zag down hill and about 1 km later (3.2 kms from the start of the trail), you’ll arrive at Picnic Rock, which is at the top of Elabana Falls.
To reach Elabana Falls, continue past Picnic Rock following the signs down hill and you’ll end up at the base about 400 metres later.
From Elabana Falls, either head back the way you came from or continue on the Lamington National Park Loop, where you’ll turn left about 1.5 kms back towards the start of the trail, about 300 metres from the top of zig zagging section. Read more about the loop here.
It can get a bit wet and muddy, but overall, this isn’t a very difficult hike. The only steep sections are when you head down to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls, then back up again.
The entire trail is a bit over 7 kms, then add a few hundred metres extra if you head on the Tree Top Walk.
It’s about 120 metres in elevation from the base of Elabana Falls to the top of the hill on the way back, then there’s some gradual up hill sections on the rest of the walk (on the way to and from Picnic Rock). The total elevation gained is about 260 metres.
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed in the Lamington National Park, including the hike to Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock.