Leader - Julie
Total Distance: - 12.0k
Walkers – John, Mary, Christine, Helen & Grahame, Jackie, Carol, Sue, Colin, Julie
We set off from O'Reillys at 9 am. Everything was lovely and green after the rain we'd had recently. We went clockwise and were aiming to have morning tea at Yambacoochie Falls as not really anywhere else to sit on the way and we had lunch there one other time when we went the opposite way. It is just a little way off the Box Forest Circuit. It was getting later and everyone was really ready for their morning tea but when we got to the turn off it was closed off with orange fencing.
We decided to just sit on the rock stairs and the side of the track right there and have our morning tea as it was dry there and everyone was ready to eat. The creek and waterfalls were all flowing well and it was a lovely sound to hear as we were walking along. We walked down and had a look at Box Log Falls and Christine and Colin went up to see Elabana Falls which are really lovely but access is a bit hard and it's up over some large slippery rocks. Most of us had already been up to see them before.
We were really lucky to have some help by some other walkers crossing a creek as it did have large boulders but really needed to have one more large boulder to help to cross it. It was very hard to get up onto the first large boulder and two of the men helped to pull us up there, especially us girls. The ladies with the long legs and the men, seemed to handle it fine but a few of us girls needed a helping hand.
We then headed to Picnic Rock for lunch. This is a lovely spot to sit awhile and to enjoy the rainforest around us. You have the choice of sitting on dry rocks either in the sun or in the shade and we usually see some Lamington Spiny Blue Crays. We saw a lot of them today and I'm sure that Colin would have gotten some good footage of them, both photos and video. There is a lovely little minature Grotto like waterfall which I always love to sit near.
It is a nice gradual walk back up to O'Reillys and we walked via the back of the Botanical Gardens and onto the Boardwalk, just for a change. A lovely day again with good company, good weather and nice refreshments at our usual haunt, The Outpost at Canungra - Julie.