What we'll do
Box Forest Circuit:
Area: O’Reilly's Copyright © 2015 by GCMWWG
Start Time: 9.30 am
Meet-up time: 9.20 am
Distance: 11.8 km return
Time: 3 + hours approximately (+ lunchtime stop)
Difficulty: Grade 3 moderate
Lunch: Please carry it with you
Click here to read our walking grades in full (http://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Mid-Week-Walking-Social-Group/messages/boards/thread/39890712)
Walk leader:[masked] if late or lost.
Map Click here: (http://goo.gl/maps/xsSp0)
Car Pooling: Nerang Fair and Helensvale Pool Shop at Homeworld both $8 please pay driver. Meet 7.45 am Leave 7.55 am.
Please take advantage of car pooling and shout-out early enough for others to join you at your chosen location.
This is a great little walk with some great water features, an easy one for O'Reillys.
The Box Forest Track leads past Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls. It runs through rainforest and past impressive stands of Antarctic Beech and some of the oldest Brush Box in the park in the form of smooth pink-barked brush box. Similar brush box in other parts of this World Heritage area have been radiocarbon dated at 1500 years, making these giant trees the oldest ever carbon dated on Australia's mainland.
After several switchbacks, a track junction is encountered just above West Canungra Creek. A short (400 metre) detour downstream to the first crossing will bring you to Wongaree and Goondaree Falls, a great spot near a couple of inviting pools. From here we do an about turn as the track heads upstream for 2 kms past a half a dozen waterfalls and cascades.
Box Log Falls is a highlight, tumbling into the end of a short canyon, while Elabana Falls is one of the most photogenic, and photographed, in the park leading on to Picnic Rock where hopefully we will take lunch. The track leaves the creek soon after and winds its way back up to our waiting cars where we may be able to see the O’Reillys bird feeding.
This will be a very scenic and interesting walk viewing several water falls along the route. An easy grade walk for everyone to enjoy. Come along and enjoy the day. This time we will take coffee at O’Reilly’s .
Any problems call me. Warwick[masked]
Medical emergency: Please carry some first aid with you on every walk. As a minimum it should be a good 100m strong crape bandage. In chemists from $10-12), elastoplasts, medical tape, plus anything you consider an essential. Accidents can a DO happen on our walks, don’t think it won’t be me and don’t expect others to be carrying your emergency supplies if you do have a mishap. A strong bandage to support a badly twisted/sprained ankle will get you home safely or a broken one back in less pain and agony. Remember we are responsible for our own self and that includes emergency procedures.
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