Walk Queensland's Scenic Rim

5 Days | Step into the diverse wilderness of Queensland’s Scenic Rim

4.7 out of 5 based on 19 reviews submitted.
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Filled to the brim with national parks, soaring mountains and gorgeous vineyards, Queensland’s Scenic Rim isn’t just scenic by name, it’s scenic by nature. From lush valleys to sky-scraping peaks, enjoy a front row seat to some of Australia’s best scenery as you explore on foot with a local leader who will bring the landscape to life and take care of all the little details. Discover the diverse terrain of Tamborine National Park, weave your way up Mount Cordeaux, summit Mount Mitchell, uncover tranquil rockpools near Mount Barney and delight in the wonders of Lamington National Park, accompanied by plenty of opportunities to try world-class local wine and produce along the way.

Trip overview

Map of Walk Queensland's Scenic Rim including Australia
Start
Gold Coast, Australia
Finish
Gold Coast, Australia
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 11
Trip code
PZXR
This trip generates 22.51 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the Scenic Rim’s fascinating flora and fauna with the guidance of your local leader as you delve into Tamborine National Park, Main Range National Park and Lamington National Park, which are part of The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, World Heritage Area, containing the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world.
  • Join a First Nations guide for a smoking ceremony and cultural walk to Yellow Pinch lookout where you’ll learn about Mt Barney from the Land’s traditional owners and connect with Country using Aboriginal ideas.
  • Wind your way up Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell and discover Mount Barney on a series of hikes and be rewarded with truly unbeatable views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Rest your head in a delightful and eco-conscious homestead converted from a 1900s farmhouse and soak in magnificent mountain views from your veranda.
  • Set out in search of wildlife surrounding your accommodation during a tour with an expert guide, followed by local wine and snacks as you watch the sun set over Mount Barney.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is only suited to travellers with a good level of mobility and fitness. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Queensland weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. More details on each walk can be found in the itinerary.
  • The walks included on this trip are Grade 3 (suitable for most ages & fitness levels, some walking experience recommended, tracks may have short, steep sections, a rough surface and many steps) and Grade 4 (walking experience recommended, tracks may be long, rough & steep)
  • The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, even in the dry season, so be sure to pack for all conditions!
  • Walks indicated in the day-by-day itinerary are our best pick, but we may need to change them sometimes depending on the track and weather conditions.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 March 2024.

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Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Homestead (2 nights)

Activities
  • Tamborine National Park - Palm Grove Circuit
  • Tamborine National Park - Curtis Falls Track
  • Main Range National Park - Mount Cordeaux Track
  • Main Range National Park - Rainforest Circuit
  • Main Range National Park - Bare Rock Track
  • Main Range National Park - Mount Mitchell Track
  • Mount Barney National Park - Lower Portals Hike
  • Mount Barney National Park - Yellow Pinch Lookout walk
  • Mount Barney National Park - Yarriba Explore Ancient Beginnings tour
  • Lamington National Park - Binna Burra walk

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Important notes

1. The trip starts in Gold Coast with a Welcome Meeting at 9:30 am on Day 1 at our joining point hotel.
2. The trip finishes on arrival in Gold Coast on Day 5 at our finish point hotel around 5pm. Accommodation is not included on this day but can be booked on request.
3. A Single Supplement can be booked if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, subject to availability. This does not include Days 3 & 4 at the homestead where you will be in shared accommodation. 
4. Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding transport of baggage, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided, compact and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. We are unable to carry large suitcases or bags, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 19 reviews submitted.
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Linda · Traveled October 2023
The scenic rim trip was fantastic. The hikes were really good and generally not too challenging (except for my dodgy knee!). The Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony was great. We visited a couple of local wineries and had dinner at 3 different country pubs which was fun. Mt Barney Lodge was a beautiful old building full of history. The guide Jonny was well organised and very knowledgeable, and the group were all good company and supportive. I'd definitely recommend this trip.
Review submitted 13 Oct 2023

Hilary · Traveled August 2023
Enjoyed the scenic rim.loved learning about the geography , walking with rainforest and fabulous views , interesting cultural experiences and nice people .
Review submitted 13 Aug 2023

Emma · Traveled August 2023
This trip was incredible! The walks were so enjoyable and full of wildlife- we saw Cat birds, wallabies, Lyre Birds, and even a friendly Python! Beautiful trails that are easy to walk while taking it all in! This trip is the perfect opportunity to experience the Scenic Rim on a variety of trails and activities that teach you tons about the area and First Nations. Truly an iconic, beautiful experience that I would recommend to anyone!
Review submitted 14 Aug 2023

Bernadette · Traveled July 2023
The Scenic Rim was a great trip. Our leader Joel has an amazing knowledge and passion for the area and loved sharing it with us. The walks are easily achieved by anyone with reasonable fitness . They are all on formed tracks apart from one very short Rick hop which is optional. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring a new area and it has whet my appetite to go back and continue exploring.
Review submitted 14 Jul 2023

Sue · Traveled November 2022
This is a fabulous trip for people who are able to walk 10km in hilly rocky areas. I live in Brisbane and discovered many rainforests without catching a plane!
Review submitted 15 Nov 2022
Walk Queensland's Scenic Rim
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USD $1,318