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Box Forest Track

Tucked away on the side of the highway at Cunninghams Gap is a short walk that is well worth stopping for….

It’s the Box Forest track, an easy 5km return track that parallels the highway and is a hidden gem.  Cunninghams Gap is about an hour and a half south west of Brisbane on the Cunningham highway and the Box Forest track goes between the picnic area and a carpark at the top of the Gap. You can start at either end but the picnic area is a good option with toilets, picnic shelters and an abundance of bird life. There is also a toilet at the carpark end.

Starting from the picnic area the track crosses a pretty creek and then very gradually makes its way up the side of the valley passing through a range of different forest types but mainly dry rainforest with lovely mosses, ferns and palms. Keep an eye out for the large buttress roots and strangler figs.

A couple of the locals to be on the look out for: the Gympie Gympie bush and the Stinging Nettle. Both will deliver a painful sting, the Stinging nettle will sting for a few hours but the Gympie Gympie bush can give out a painful sting for a few days! Trust me – I have been stung several times by both and they are very unpleasant.

As long as you avoid the hazardous flora you will find a very pleasant and reasonably easy walk that the whole family can enjoy. It’s worth taking it slowly so you don’t miss any of the details of a very beautiful spot – it’s not a pristine wilderness experience with the highway nearby but it is definitely worth stopping for.

There are also a range of other walks in the area and you can get more information on this walk and other from the National Parks site

When you do stop there, keep an eye out for this amazing vine – it’s right next to the track but I won’t tell you where it is on the track – if you find it post a picture of it below 🙂


1 Comment

  1. Jill Warner

    Scott – this looks so beautiful ! Maybe we can meet you there one day and do this walk withyou guys ! Your photography just gets better and better !! Well done my love xxxxx

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