Box Forest Circuit | O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
I had originally booked a couple of nights at Oreilly’s Rainforest Retreat as part of an overnight walk from Binna Burra to Oreilly’s (and back again), however an Iliotibial band issue ruined those plans not long after making the booking. I really enjoy spending time up in Lamington National Park, so I decided to take the drive up there instead and take one of the shorter hikes that the park has to offer. I booked the Mountain View Studio room at the Oreilly’s Rainforest Retreat, which was built for the hiker in mind.
The cosy studio room had its own ensuite, Queen bed and mini fridge, along with bag and shoe wracks, and a private balcony overlooking the Albert River valley towards Mount Lindsey and Mount Barney in the distance. Unfortunately I missed out on the views this time, due to the heavy cloud cover and rain..but it made for fun hiking!
Due to the extreme weather arriving off the coast there was quite a lot of rainfall and fierce winds (peaking at 55kph), so I opted for the Box Forest Circuit which was an 11km circuit with multiple waterfalls and creek crossings.
The area is known for its pink-barked brush box Lophostemon confertus and Antarctic beech trees. According the QPWS website, similar brush box in other parts of the World Heritage area have been radiocarbon-dated at 1,500 years, making these giants the oldest ever carbon-dated trees on Australia’s mainland.
Due to the heavy rain the two waterfalls (Tullerigumai Falls/Box Log Falls and Elabana falls) were absolutely pumping, which made for an interesting video.
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