Map of Queensland Hinterland Adventure including Australia

Experience a different side to Queensland and the Sunshine Coast

Make your way to the hinterland of southern Queensland, where ancient, World Heritage rainforest, tens of thousands of years of Indigenous stories and culture, and small community hospitality make for an Australian getaway full of food, beaches, walks, culture and amazing nature experiences each day. Spend your days supporting local communities, learning from Indigenous guides on river cruises and bush tucker walks, or spotting wildlife in landscapes found nowhere else, and your nights in memorable, hand-picked accommodation. This trip is definitely beautiful one day, perfect the next.


Start
Brisbane, Australia
Finish
Brisbane, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVKQ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Learn the stories and traditions of the First Nations people of Mooloolaba with a tidal river cruise, spotting local wildlife and enjoying a bush tucker-inspired grazing platter along the way.

  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Gondwana rainforest as you explore tracks to hidden waterfalls and experience the show of a glow-worm tour at night.

  • Discover the world’s largest stand of ancient bunya pines and, on a walk with an Indigenous ranger, learn how the First Nations people of the area used to sustain life and heal themselves by living off the land.

  • Get active and surround yourself with nature with opportunities for walks and wild animal spotting.

  • Help support local businesses and regions – some still recovering from recent bushfires – in your own backyard, and experience local community spirit and family-run hospitality.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a number of guided walks, none of which are difficult or require a high level of fitness. However, you can choose to participate or have your own free time.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Begin your exploration of the Queensland hinterlands with an early morning meeting in the heart of Brisbane. Meet your fellow travellers and then head south to Lamington National Park, where subtropical and temperate climates converge to create a vast rainforest full of plants, animals and bird species found nowhere else. The park, a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, boasts endless miles of walking tracks, and what feels like a waterfall around every corner. Check into your accommodation in the heart of the park, then head out to immerse yourself in the forest as you bushwalk with your own private park ranger. Take a 2-3 hour soft hike past 500-year-old trees, huge vines and hidden waterfalls, try to spot the birdlife – like the Albert’s lyrebird – that call the park home, and see the forest from canopy height on a treetop walk. Wrap up the day with a welcome dinner back at your accommodation – the perfect chance to get to know your group better. If you want to explore more, choose to look out for glow worms on an as darkness falls. Included now. After a welcome drink to end the day, enjoy free time for dinner, then enjoy a glow-worm tour.
Included Activities
  • Lamington NP - Guided nature & tree top walk
  • Included glow-worm tour
Optional Activities
  • Lamington NP - Glow worm experience - AUD 30 - AUD30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be checking insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative or your travel agent know. Find details of the meeting point in your Essential Trip Information.
Enjoy an included early morning bird guided bird watching session before breakfast - 1-hour flora and fauna guided walk (or enjoy a sleep in if you are not an early riser). Swap the rainforest for the sea, as we make explore the coastal sights en-route to our special afternoon activity.
This afternoon, connect with the first nations people in the area, on a stunning 2-hour cultural cruise. Storytelling, didgeridoo and entertainment is provided by your Indigenous Storyteller Guide as you cruise to sites of cultural significance, places for hunting and gathering, and places where Dreamtime stories and songs originated. Spot seabirds, turtles and dolphins as you enjoy an array of delicious bush-tucker inspired catering that brings the flavours and textures of rainforest and the ocean to life. Served with a refreshing local craft beer or sparkling wine. We take a short drive through the picturesque Glass House Mountains, rich with glistening lakes, waterfalls and parklands, home to mobs of wild kangaroos and more. After checking into our accommodation, unwind or explore charming Montville.
Accommodation
  • Montvillei In (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Glass House Mountains - Lookouts, short walks
  • Mooloolaba - Saltwater First Nations cultural tour & cruise with grazing platter late lunch/early dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning we make our way to explore Rainforest-clad peaks that shelter the largest stand of ancient bunya pines in the world. Discover cool mountains, rainforests and waterfalls, unique range-top grasslands, panoramic views, colourful birdlife and enthralling stories of times long ago. This afternoon we make our way up to the alpine mountain via steep, narrow and winding roads with amazing views. We meet a friendly first nations ranger who will take us on a guided walk through the ancient forest to discover hidden gems and learn about the history, culture, flora and fauna. This evening check into your accommodation and head into town to buy some dinner. Free night.
Included Activities
  • Bunya Mountains NP - Scenic First Nations guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to accommodation in Bunya Mountains NP not being available for tour groups to book we will stay overnight in a quality motel in nearby Kingaroy, approximately 45 min drive from the national park.
Start the day by exploring more of the beautiful Bunya the mountains on a fantastic walk. Enjoy a boutique wine tasting in the afternoon and a fantastic delicious dinner in the evening.
Included Activities
  • Bunya Mountains NP - Morning guided walk
  • KINGAROY BOUTIQUE - Wine tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After slow morning at leisure, we make our way back to Brisbane via Toowoomba (Free time to buy your own lunch from amazing selection of funky cafes) and take a last hike up to the stunning table top mountain lookout.
Tour returns to in the late afternoon to the Pacific Hotel, Brisbane.
Included Activities
  • Toowoomba - Table Top Mountain lookout
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No accommodation is included tonight.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Rainforest Retreat (1 night), Motel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Lamington NP - Guided nature & tree top walk
  • Included glow-worm tour
  • Glass House Mountains - Lookouts, short walks
  • Mooloolaba - Saltwater First Nations cultural tour & cruise with grazing platter late lunch/early dinner
  • Bunya Mountains NP - Scenic First Nations guided walk
  • Bunya Mountains NP - Morning guided walk
  • KINGAROY BOUTIQUE - Wine tasting
  • Toowoomba - Table Top Mountain lookout

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients booked and confirmed in order to depart
2. A single supplement is available for every night of this trip

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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