Worlds like out of a National Geographic Magazine – this is how one could probably describe the Lamington and Springbrook National Park best. Replete with animals in a unique natural landscape you can walk here along, above and under water falls. A paradise for nature lovers as the Weltengugger. The only drawback: The Driving. For both national parks are accessible only by dead-end roads, most notably the “climb” onto the O’Reilly plateau of the Lamington National Park represented a real challenge for our Kifaru. But our destination was worth every hairpin bend. But see for yourself.
From a beautiful, inexpensive camping site right in the heart of the Lamington National Park, we started our first day with birds. Lots of birds. Normally prohibited, Cockatoo & Co. are fed here by tourists. And as there was enough food remaining on the ground, we were able to attract a few birds ourselves. Even better than having semi-tame parrots on your heads, however, is the encounter with wild animals. And we got a lot of them in front of the lens during our first short trip into the park. However, the highlight of the day was the Tree Top Walk, where you stroll along hanging bridges and ladders between the treetops.
The next day we had planned the almost twelve kilometer long “Box Forest Circuits” day hike. After we had shared our breakfast involuntarily with perky parrots, we went into the deep green Gondwana Rainforest. The track was lined with huge trees, some of them completely entangled by strangler figs. On the way we passed a total of three waterfalls and each was more beautiful than the other. Accordingly we lingered quiet a while at the rushing cascades, therefore returning to the camp in the late afternoon. After a short trip on the Python-Rock-Trail the next morning we drove the bends mastered two days earlier down again, only to advance again steeply upward to the Springbrook National Park shortly thereafter.
Here the wild jungle atmosphere continued, but expanded with the possibility of wandering underneath several waterfalls along the “Twin Falls Circuit” track. A unique experience, even if the quantity of cascading water was rather low because of the (thankfully) low amount of rainfall. But even if it is not raining, morning fog always brings moisture in the woods, so that in some places, everything is overgrown with a thick moss and lichen layer. Sadly, capturing this enchanted forest atmosphere is in images is rather difficult, but we did our best.
Also the last stop of our trip was photographically seen challenging. The amazing Natural Bridge is a waterfall plunging into a cave. So while standing in the dim light, one sees a sun-soaked jet of water shooting through the cave ceiling. Some people took advantage of this unique atmosphere by taking a quick dip, despite an official ban. However, as we prefer to follow the national park rules, we settled for just watching this natural beauty. But a nearby creek on the way out of the national park presented a legal possibility for a cooling bath as well as for India’s first river surfing experience.
All pictures of our jungle trip you can find here: The Lamington and Springbrook National Parks
After these five action-packed days we programmed our GPS for the ride back to the house of our friends in Federal, where we were going to spend Christmas, Steffen’s birthday and New Year’s Eve. How those three annual highlights were celebrated Australian style, you can see in our next blog …