Moran Falls

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Today we wanted to be out hiking by around 10, to hopefully be on the tracks with only a few people. We went to the cafe to grab something for breakfast and a coffee. I got a cappacino and the women told me she was training, having not made many coffee yet, you could definately tell as she made our drinks as she poured a ton of cocoa on top of our capacino's, all she said was sorry and handed us the coffee so I was drinking more like a hot chocalate than a coffe. Not a great way to start the day.

My son wanted to feed the birds with the remaining food but as there wasn't anybody there yet only us, the birds were way to aggressive so we soon stopped feeding them for our own safety,those birds are so lazy anyway go catch your own food, you spoilt things.

Today we had decided to hike to Moran falls, which is an 80 metre waterfall.

The track starts about a kilometre from O'reillys down the mountain road I had seen the entrance to the hike when we had come up yesterday so I knew where to go. The walk is about a 6 kilometre return hike of easy grade that passes through the sub tropical rainforests with Booyongs, Brushbox and figs suported by its large blood vines that wrap themselves around the trees and streak up to the top of the forest in search of sunlight. The hike takes around 2 hours to complete and the waterfall is really beautiful with a great viewing platform it was a beautiful sunny day so it was great to see a rainbow reflecting from the mist adding to the beauty.

moran falls
Here we sat down and ate a picnic lunch as we had this place all to ourselves. Once finished we followed the track up to where there was a clearance overlooking the water that fills the fall. as we were walking up we came across the first and only people we saw on the hike they were on the way down, we all said hi as hikers tend to do when they come across  each other. From the clearance you couldn't see the falls but it had great views of the open ranges. This was in fact the original location of the O'Reillys homestead.

When we got back to the O'Reillys my son needed a nap so my wife went to our rooms while I went to the lodges library to read about the history of the place and about how Bill O'Reilly one of the original O'Reilly'S found the surviving members of the stinson plane crash, that crashed somewhere in the national park in the early 1900's.

Moran Falls

After my son's nap we decided to have a jacuzzi bath to relieve us from todays rigorous workout. It was nice to sit in the warm water looking out over the open fields with the pademelon feeding on the grass. There was a tiny pool there but it wasn't heated , the late afternoon's chill became a factor so we headed back to our rooms. Looking through the days activities we noticed that the bar had a happy hour from 5pm so we went up there, first having a nice cold XXXX and then moving onto there cocktail list. I had a rosella, which was gin, contreau, lime and cranberry juice it was a good drop.   While having a few drinks we got talking to an Australian woman who lives in Tokyo, she is married to a Japanese man and had a child the same age as my son.

Her life was so similar to mine that it was rather creepy. That night we decided to have dinner at the bar as last nights meal was by far way to expensive and really wasn't that good. The Australian women kept talking and talking, she really started to get on my nerve. In the end she asked to join us on our hike tomorrow, being brought up very well by my parents I had no choice but to say YES. Mum, dad why did you bring me up like this and why do I attract all the weird people.

As there was no TV in our rooms, the lodge puts on documentaries filmed in the national park by the likes of BBC or National Geographic so we settled in and watch an informative film about the bower bird, which even came nuch better for what we were to see the next day.

cmgervais says:
It's so great when you get the hiking trail all to yourself! Nice day.
Posted on: Aug 30, 2008
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Moran Falls
The Great Dividing range
The Great Dividing range
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
My son sleeping on the hike
My son sleeping on the hike
Moran falls
Moran falls
moran Falls
moran Falls
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
Moran Falls
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