Leader – Paul - Distance: - 17.9k -
Walkers – Gary & Michele, Joy, Steve, Carol, John, Mike, Colin, Julie, , Mary, Margaret, Paul
Twelve of us started off today in beautiful sunshine with the prospect of getting very warm in the afternoon. What a place to be at 700-900 metres altitude in the cooling canopy of the Lamington National Park rainforest. We were going to split up into two groups for both a short walk of 11.0k to the Coomera Falls lookout and return, and a longer walk of the complete Coomera Circuit of 17.9k with the myriad cascades and waterfalls.
With very little rain in the last few weeks the forest was much drier than usual and certainly less humid making for very pleasant walking. It seemed no time at all before we arrived at the Coomera Falls platform and we stopped briefly for the usual photo op and we had to be satisfied with the very little water coming over the falls. Ten minutes further along we stopped at a creek crossing and rock pool for smoko.
From here on it is numerous creek crossings, cascades, rock pools and waterfalls. There were many people out today enjoying the walk and dips in the numerous pools below the waterfalls. We stopped at Goorawa Falls for lunch and spent a good deal of time checking out the blue freshwater crayfish.
With lunch over and done with it was basically a short walk up to the junction of the Border Track and then the long walk back to the Binna Burra Tea House. The conditions were very pleasant as the temperature had not risen as high as we had expected. Further drink stops were had along the way at the Border Track junction, Joalah Lookout and the Ship Stern junction before arriving at the Tea House where we met others from the short walk group.
We then made our way to Gary & Michele’s farm where we chatted and enjoyed coffee and cake with 360 degree vistas of the Lamington National Park. Another wonderful bushwalking day - Colin.