The best thing about hiking in torrential rain? Bigger and better waterfalls. Jacquie heads out among the rain and the leeches to follow the Box Forest Circuit. The perfect soggy Sunday microadventure.


Highlights

  • Two spectacular waterfalls
  • Thick forest
  • Subtropical rainforest temperatures

The Lowdown

My friends and I were determined to do a hike on our Sunday no matter what the weather. Of course mother nature decided to make it rain and make it rain hard. But that didn’t deter us and in the end it made for a more interesting hike. Our plan was to hike the Box Forest Circuit.

The drive up the mountain was eerily beautiful, surrounded by fog and drizzling rain. The moss and deep green leaves standing out the most amongst the grey surrounds.

Box Forest Circuit

The hike starts across the road from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on the Border Track and then a couple of kms onwards it branches onto the Box Forest Circuit. Just remember to go clockwise when you begin, so you leave the waterfalls as the treat toward the end of the hike.

One thing that could be a deterrent for people hiking in the rain is leeches. They were little buggers when taking photos! One was even crawling up my tripod in search of some skin (& blood). I have to give them credit though for trying so hard!

More water = bigger waterfalls

The main reason why hiking in the rain is the best is seeing waterfalls in all their glory.

The first impressive waterfall along the trail is Picnic Rock. You have to deviate from the main track and go down a short cleared path to reach it. Rounding the corner of this little path you suddenly get blown in the face with fresh water and the thunderous sound of water crashing down on the rocks.

The second waterfall you come across is Elabana Falls. Which is a big waterfall followed by a series of little falls flowing after one another. I love how the branches and leaves have grown out from the rocks, with water flowing through them.

After these amazing natural wonders it’s back to business, making the trek back up the mountain. Once we made it out of the dense forest and back on the road to our car, the sun was shining bright. It amazed me the stark difference in how everything looked once the fog and rain cleared. I was also so glad that we didn’t let some rain stop our day of adventuring and exploring new places.

 Essential Gear

  • Hiking shoes
  • Spray jacket/raincoat
  • Insect repellent (for mosquitoes and leeches)
  • Pants and socks to cover legs from leeches
  • Water

How To Get There

Around 2 hours from Brisbane, just on the NSW border. Map Location here.

Activities

  • Photography
  • Hiking

Skill Level

Beginner with some fitness

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

11.3km, 3hrs 27mins (including stops taking photos) / 400m drop in elevation (you start at the top of the mountain then go down and back up again)

 


Try these falls after some heavy rain…

Raging Rapids // Waterfalls Of The Great Otway National Park (VIC)

Alligator Creek Waterfall // Bowling Green Bay National Park (QLD)

Waterfall Way // Coffs Harbour to Armidale (NSW)