Hike and see the best places around O'Reilly's in the Lamington National Park
THIS TRACK IS CLOSED AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED.
Lamington National Park Circuit Walk is a loop around O’Reilly’s that joins a heap of the different sites.
The track starts and finishes at the O’Reilly’s day use car park, just near the Rainforest Retreat and goes past:
– Tree Top Walk
– Picnic Rock
– Elabana Falls
– Forestry Monument & Old Cottage Grounds
– Lyrebird Lookout
– Orchid Grotto Lookout
– Moonlight Crag Lookout
– Clearing Lookout
– Morans Falls
It’s a long and difficult hike that requires a GPS as a large amount of the track no longer exists and can’t be seen.
Early into the Tree Top Walk, you’ll have the option of climbing up a ladder that goes right up high to a lookout that’s built onto a large tree.
Turn right when you come off the Tree Top Walk and follow the trail for another couple of kilometres to Picnic Rock, which is the top section of Elabana Falls. From Picnic Rock, it’s another 400 metres down to the base of the waterfall.
The trail goes down hill for a few hundred metres before Picnic Rock, right until you reach the base of the waterfall, although it zig zags, making it quite easy to get down and back up.
Once you’ve made it to the base of the waterfall, you’ll need to come back out of the trail the way you came from and pass Picnic Rock then continue for a few hundred metres further until you see a trail leading to the left with a sign for the Border Track. Follow this track for a short distance, then you’ll see another trail leading to the right that will run almost parallel to the Border Track for about 50-100 metres, it then veers off into the forest.
Shortly after leaving the Border Track, you can continue on this track to the Forestry Monument and then even further to where an old cottage used to be. You’ll need to come back past the monument and you’ll see a small pile of rocks on the ground, this is when things get tricky.
From here, the track is pretty much non-existent through dense forest with hundreds of spider webs for many kilometres.
You’ll either need to use a GPS or AllTrails and head to Lyerbird Lookout, then Orchid Grotto and eventually, Moonlight Crag Lookout.
Orchid Grotto Lookout
Moonlight Crag Lookout
Moonlight Crag Lookout is completely derelict and run down. Walk to the bottom of the lookout and follow the stairs into the long grass, then get the GPS out again and head for Morans Falls Clearing Lookout.
Once you’ve reached the Clearing Lookout, there’s an easy-to-follow formed track the rest of the way back to the where you started from.
A few hundred metres after the Clearing Lookout (which is at the top of Morans Falls), you’ll get a view back at the stunning and huge Morans Falls, where the water drops around 80 metres!
Follow the trail from here all of the way back to the road, turn right and you’ll reach the day-use car park. The car park is about 2.5 kms from Morans Falls Lookout.