Morans Falls Track (4.4km) Lamington National Park
Morans Falls is located within the Lamington National Park and an easy walk from O’Reilly’s Guesthouse. The track is 4.4km and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
Continue the short walk from the viewing platform, across the narrow concrete ford to the next lookout which was the location of the first bush hut belonging to the O’Reilly brothers. Today, the area is an ideal spot for a picnic.
The lookout offers magnificent views of the volcanic McPherson Range, lush green Albert River valley, Castle Crag and Mounts Barney and Lindesay.
The well-marked track meanders through a subtropical rainforest of ancient Strangler Figs, Booyongs, Brush Box trees, Crows Nests and Tree Ferns.
The bush is abundant with enormous Strangler Figs that have slowly twisted their tendril-like tentacles around a host tree robbing it of all nutrients. Over decades, a large host tree eventually died and rots away, leaving behind a hollow trunk structure.
The volcano erupted numerous times spewing molten lava onto the surrounding landscape before becoming extinct.
There are other tracks available and you can easily do a number of these walks in one day. Just need to be prepared with food, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, appropriate footwear and camera. The tracks are graded by degree of difficult. It is advisable to register with the Park Ranger where you plan to walk in case an emergency arises.