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Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock Trail is a ~7km out and back trail (closer to 8km if you scurry about, looking for blue crayfish like I did) located in Lamington National park Queensland. As with a number of other trails in the area, access is found via the Border Track located a short walk from O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.
The morning I made the drive out wasn't particularly inviting - overcast with a high chance of rain - but I feel the weather added more than it detracted from the experience. Intermittent, light showers delicately misting through the rainforest canopy made for a calming stroll and I'd hazard a guess that the clouds kept a few people indoors and the trail quiet.
If you were on a mission, you could probably power through the trail in a couple of hours. The path is an easy walk with the only mildly tricky section being the scramble over boulders to reach the cascading waterfall. I was in no rush and took it really slow, stopping many times to admire ancient trees, search for birds and the aforementioned blue crayfish, and watch bugs do bug things.
I really enjoyed walking the trail and will be hitting it again, once I've checked out a few others in the area.