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Australia 2014 - Day 29 - From Lamington to Byron Bay

The next day I woke up a little bit earlier as usual to have more time for my 10 km hike in the morning. Then I wanted to go to Byron Bay after my line on this day too.

My nice neighbors from yesterday evening had left the campsite in the very early morning already, because they wanted to drive a long distance today. As I recognized this I had a strange feeling in my stomach. I was thinking about the beautiful evening and the interesting chat we had together yesterday. And we didn't know each other before. But there was a willingness of them and myself to share a short time of their and my life, their experience they had in Australia for instance and to have a good time together.

I wished we could have more openness in our casual life together. We would profit of  it, I am sure.

With this warm feelings inside me, I started to prepare my breakfast as usual with a fruit salad with walnuts and yoghurt, a coffee and a slice of bread with peanut butter and jam. But somehow somebody has recognized it and wanted to take part in having breakfast. It was a beautiful red parrot. 

Crimson rosellaThe crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island.

I knew that the Lamington National Park was famous for its bird life and I had seen some birds at the bird feeding area in the front of the guesthouse, but that they could guess where the next breakfast will happen, I didn't expect. So I feeded them with a few nuts. They were so trustful, so that one of the parrot was jumping on my hand, during i was feeding him.

Crimson rosellaThe Crimson rosella is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens. The species as it now stands has subsumed two former separate species, the yellow rosella and the Adelaide rosella.

After I have finished my breakfast it was time to start my hike along the Box Forrest Circuit Track. The track was the part of large track system in the Lamington National Park. There a few other tracks, one of them was closed, but I choose this one because it was manageable to do it in the morning.

So  I dressed my walking shoes and my green light jacket because it was a little bit cold and passed the entry to the park around half past eight.

Entry into the Lamington National Park to the Main Border TrackGreen Mountains, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views.

And I can say now a beautiful adventure was waiting for me. At this point I have to mention that the Lamington National Park ist the largest subtropical primeval forrest of Australia. The Park has got over 500 waterfalls and a rich flora. 

Rotting tree beside the Box Forrest Circuit WalkThe track winds down through stands of Brush Box and Piccabeen Palms, to the lush sub-tropical rainforest along Canungra Creek.

The national park protects one of the most diverse areas of vegetation in the country. The park’s lush rainforests include one of the largest upland subtropical rainforest remnants in the world and the most northern Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforests in Australia. 

Massive tree in the subtropical rain forrest

The roots of the oldest Antarctic beech trees are over 5,000 years old. Around Mount Widgee numbers of Antarctic beech appear to be increasing. The park protects one of the country's largest remaining forests of hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) which are found on the drier slopes. 

Box forrest circuit trail Pepper Vines cling to tall trees that often support spectacular tree gardens.

Below 880 metres (2,890 ft) the white booyong and black booyong are commonly found. In higher elevations the yellow carabeen, red carabeen, pigeonberry ash, rosewood and soft corkwood trees predominate.

Who the fuck is Hagen?Box Forest circuit: This circuit branches from the Border Track (3.2 km from the trailhead) and leads directly to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls. It leads you through rainforest, past impressive stands of smooth, pink-barked brush box Lophostemon confertus, before reaching the falls.

The park contains more than 500 waterfalls, including Elabana Falls and Running Creek Falls in the south of the park which falls into a box canyon. I stopped at the Darragumai Falls for at lest an hour  to make this beautiful capture.

Waterfall along the Box Forrest Walk in the Lamington National PThe track winds down through stands of Brush Box and Piccabeen Palms, to the lush sub-tropical rainforest along Canungra Creek. Pepper Vines cling to tall trees that often support spectacular tree gardens.

Yarrbilgong Falls and Coomera Falls both flow into Coomera Gorge. Morans Falls is another cascade that is passed on the 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) long Morans Falls Track. 

Darragumai Falls beside the Box Forrest WalkThe track winds down through stands of Brush Box and Piccabeen Palms, to the lush sub-tropical rainforest along Canungra Creek. Pepper Vines cling to tall trees that often support spectacular tree gardens.

Upper Ballanjui Falls, Lower Ballanjui Falls, Stairway Falls and Nagarigoon Falls are also located in the national park.

Canunga Greek close to the Picnic Rock beside the Box Forrest Ciruit trackThe Box Forest Circuit is 11km long. It took about 3.5 hours to complete the track.

A number of well marked and varied walks connect with this Border Track creating a network which can be easily negotiated by relatively inexperienced bushwalkers. 

Solid roots from a tree i nthe rain forrest

These include the Box Forest Circuit, which is 10.9 kilometres (6.8 mi) or 4 hours return from O'Reilly's; Toolona Creek Circuit, which is 17.4 kilometres (10.8 mi) or 6 hours return, and the Albert River Circuit, which is 20.6 kilometres (12.8 mi) or 7 hours return to O'Reilly's—to name some of the best known. 

Rotting trees in the rain forrest

While the Border Track remains reasonably level for most of its length, many of the other tracks descend to lower elevations of 750 metres (2,460 ft) or less and provide access to some of the diverse variety of flora, fauna and geography to be found in the park.

Picknick rocks beside the Box forrest circuit

The small track winded  along steep slopes to the ground of the Canunga Greek , how you can see at the pictures above. In the greek i was walking along some water falls like the Darragumai Falls above and the Box Log Falls below.

Box Log FallsLocated along The Box Forest Track which leaves the Picnic Rock track 2.7 km from the entrance and is a most rewarding circuit walk.

Unfortunality my batteries were running out of power so that couldnt take nay photos of the Elabans falls.

But nevertheless the walks with my 14kg photo equipment on my back was an amazing experience in a subtropical rain forrest.

After my return to the guesthouse I made a stop at the bird feeding area, where i shot the following photo.

Feeding King Parrot

After I have prepared my camper for the next stage, I started to my next stage to Byron Bay. During my trip back to the coast I made a stop on a beautiful look out over the Lamington Park.

View over the Lamington National Park

And the last time in a beautiful valley where a wine yard was located.

On the O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards I bought a bottle of a tasty wine for the beach in Byron Bay.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

After a 2 hour drive I reached Byron Bay in the late eveningh, where a eventful and beautiful day ended with a delicious wine from the Lamington National Park and a  gloomy sunrise on the beach of Byron Bay. 

Beach of Byron Bay