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Box Forest Circuit

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Green Mountains)


Distance (kms):

10.1 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 4 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

275 m

Max. elevation (m):

951 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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One of the most popular walks in Lamington National Park, featuring one of the most photographed waterfalls in the park, Elabana Falls.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the main trailhead of the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, across from the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat reception.

The well-marked trail begins along the Border Track, before branching off and following signs for the Box Forest Circuit.

The walk features numerous waterfalls, including Elabana Falls, Tollerigumai (Box Log) Falls, Nugurun Falls, Yanbacoochie Falls and Darragumai Falls, as well as the picturesque Picnic Rock.

While there are a few creek crossings, these are typically easy to navigate, unless there has been substantial recent rain.

The circuit also returns along the Border Track.

Track: Graded and well-signed. The track is easy to follow, however care should be taken to choose the right direction at the well-signed junctions with other longer tracks (Toolona Creek Circuit and West Canungra Creek Circuit). The descent and ascent into and out of the forest is via a number of gradual switchbacks.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be taken at creek crossings as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.

Direction: While the track can be completed in either direction, it is recommended to do the track clockwise, as the elevation profile is more forgiving. That said, doing the track anti-clockwise will allow you to reach the waterfalls sooner.

There is also an option to go anti-clockwise until the junction with the West Canungra Creek Circuit, and then turn around and retrace your steps. This shaves about a kilometre off the track distance and avoids most of the relatively featureless return via the switchbacks to the Border Track. It also means you get to enjoy all the waterfalls again.

getting there

The walk is located in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, at the end of Lamington National Park Road in Canungra, at the location of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, 2 hours drive south of Brisbane.

The walk starts from the main trailhead, across from the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat reception, where the Lamington National Park arch is.

Parking is ample, however the car park can become extremely busy, especially on weekends.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

An early start on a weekend or a weekday visit is advised.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures, especially given the numerous creek crossings on this track.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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