Green Mountains 12-02-2012
A bit over an hour and a half South of Brisbane, Green Mountains (part of Lamington National Park) is home to a lot of wonderful walking tracks, most of them originate from O’Reilly’s restaurant and guesthouse, where a rangers office is built as well. We, John and wife Yasmine choose this day to walk a combined track. Starting at the Border walk we headed South over a wide hard surface which changed after a while in just a nice bush path and sometimes to a very small bushpath. 2 km on the track and it split up into two tracks. You have to make a choice whether to follow the Tooloona Creek circuit or continue over the Border track. We followed the Tooloona track. At a small open spot a group of photographers had a shoot with a big tree as a beautiful backdrop. The path got smaller and zigzagging down, we came at Picnic Rock.
At Picnic Rock
While we hadn’t a big picnic basket with us, we made the best of it and filled our cups with coffee and had a nice snack. The photographers came a bit later and made some pictures (I don’t think they had an image of us in mind) but the hardest thing for them was to cross the right branch of Canungra Creek without their equipment getting soaked. Most of them were successful but one in particular slid off a very slippery boulder and ended up very wet but was able to keep his camera dry.
We spotted a couple of Blue Crayfish. These Crayfish can only be seen in the Lamington NP. Our picnic was over and we continued our way towards Elabana Falls. After about 350 metres, a side track leads to the Falls. The group was already there and the leaders had made a rope between some big boulders to get easier to a good vantage point to make a nice image of the Elabana falls. I spoke with a lady of the group and it turned out that Ken Duncan was having a workshop about waterfall photography. Just the right time, because the weather we had recently was favourable to see the best of the waterfalls.
At Elabana Falls
We were invited to come across but since I had left my good camera at home (not intentional), I made a few pictures from where I was standing with my GPS and followed Tooloona Creek circuit. The path was rather small and winding through the forest. On a few occasions, we had to cross the Toolona Creek which, at times, was not easy.
From Elabana to the Wanungara lookout is a further 4.8 km. More waterfalls on the way and at one we stopped to have lunch. While we were sitting and happily munching on our packed lunch, a Blue Crayfish suddenly appeared and wanted us to unblock his way up the creek. The lookout has beautiful views over the valley and even Mt Warning can be seen from here.
From the Wanungara lookout
We followed the path to Bithongabel, going past Tooloona lookout (1160 m). From Bithongabel, the track makes a sharp turn to the North and continues to meet up with the Border track. 1km from Bithongabel a sign reads WATER. We had a look a couple of metres down from the path and saw some very clear water steaming. Could be a spring but am not sure about that. A bit further up the track crosses with the Albert River circuit but we left that one for now and headed for the end of the track at O’Reilly’s. To end our day we did the tree top walk. A wonderful tasting milkshake was enjoyed at O’Reilly’s before we commenced our trip home. This walk in Lamington National parks was 19 km including the tree top walk and some side trips to see the waterfalls and was very enjoyable.