Ability to hike 3km on uneven ground and slopes
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Are you interested in hiking and bushwalking, but not sure where to start? Experience the great outdoors on a 2-day guided walking adventure in South-East Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim. In between hikes enjoy the comforts of delicious home cooked meals, comfy beds and gorgeous local wine. If you have a good level of fitness and want to learn from an expert outdoor leader, join us in August 2019.
- Two days of hiking with fully accredited and eco-certified guides
- Accompanying guide in language (if required)
- Safety equipment and National Park passes
- All meals, trail snacks, transport and airport transfers
- Beautiful homestead accommodation at Mt Barney Lodge
- Explore the World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park, a wild and beautiful remnant of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest
- Expert guides who can share their knowledge of the natural environment, aboriginal and pioneering history as you walk through stunning Australian landscapes
- Crystal clear freshwater creeks, swimming in waterholes, learn rock hopping skills, mountain lookouts
- Opportunity to see rare and threatened bird species in their natural habitat
- Stay in a genuine Queenslander style homestead, with breathtaking mountain views
- Homestyle cooking delivered to your accommodation dining room, using local and seasonal ingredients
COACH: INNES LARKIN
Innes Larkin has been active in the outdoors since an early age and remembers climbing Mt Barney for the first time at age 11. A trained teacher with a Masters of Arts in Outdoor Education, Innes has taught in London, Brisbane and at an outdoor education centre at Maroon Dam.
Innes and his wife Tracey have been managing Mt Barney Lodge since 2003. During his time at the Lodge, Innes has been involved in many rescues including once getting winched from a helicopter to rescue four climbers, stuck on the cliffs of Mt Lindesay. A current member of the community advisory committee for the Gondwanan Rainforests of Australia World Heritage property, Innes is passionate about sustainable tourism and the lasting legacies that the ecotourism industry can bring to a region.
Mt Barney Lodge
Mt Barney Lodge is located in the beautiful Scenic Rim next to the World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park and right at the base of Queensland’s most impressive peak – Mt Barney!
The accommodation and campground have stunning scenery of the surrounding McPherson Ranges, including Mt Barney, Mt Maroon and Mt Lindesay. Close to Brisbane and a scenic 90-minute drive from the Gold Coast, you can stay in rustic cabins, old style Queenslander homesteads, or try glamping.
Mt Barney Lodge is an experience-based ecotourism retreat which fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
Join Innes Larkin, owner of Mt Barney Lodge as he shares his passion for the conservation of the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo and the wildlife in and around Mt Barney Lodge. Located within the Scenic Rim, the adjacent Mount Barney National Park makes up part of Australia's Green Cauldron:
Day 1 – Monday 26 August 2019
Fly into the Gold Coast for a morning arrival where we’ll meet our friendly guide for the transfer to Mt Barney Lodge. Mt Barney Lodge is located in the beautiful Scenic Rim next to the World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park and right at the base of Queensland’s most impressive peak – Mt Barney! We’ll take a short break in the small rural town of Canungra which is nestled in the foothills of the Lamington National Park before arriving at Mt Barney Lodge for an early lunch. After lunch it’s time to lace up the boots and hit the trails for our first lesson on the Creek to Cliff Walk. Learn the skill of rock-hopping at the creek in front of Mt Barney Lodge. Bounding from rock to rock isn’t as easy as it looks, so the expert guides will share a few key techniques.
Learn about the different ecosystems on the property as we walk, and the native animals found within them. We’ll also learn about the pioneering and indigenous history of the landscape around us. Follow the eco guides to the rocky crags of Mt Gillies where the effort of hiking up will be rewarded by sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. If we are really lucky we might have an encounter with a Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby who is at home on the rocky slopes. A hearty country meal will be ready and waiting back at the homestead. Then fall into one of the delightfully comfortable beds in and enjoy a good night sleep ahead of another great hike tomorrow.
Day 2 – Tuesday 27 August 2019
Today we explore the southern end of the valley, to the headwaters of the Logan River. The beginning of the walk showcases the scenery of the McPherson Range, before changing into dry eucalypt forest, and then rainforest species at the base of Mt Barney.
After several rocky creek crossings, our destination is a waterfall plunging into a perfect rock basin deep in the rainforest canopy. What a magical place for a picnic lunch and maybe a swim before a nice walk back. We’ll arrive back at the homestead in the afternoon to try bird watching or just relax with a good book. Another delicious dinner in the homestead tonight before we retire to bed.
Day 3 – Wednesday 28 August 2019
Wake up and breathe in the fresh country air on a lovely early morning walk to Yellowpinch Lookout. The track climbs steadily through open eucalypt forest then turns right and climbs steeply along a rocky ridge until it levels at a natural lookout above an exposed cliff edge.
We’ll learn about the geological history of this ancient landscape, its volcanoes and ring faults, and be mesmerised by the commanding presence of Mount Barney. Back to the homestead for breakfast before we pack-up and wave goodbye to Mt Barney Lodge. On our way back to the Gold Coast we’ll explore Tamborine Mountain, truly one of Queensland’s secret treasures.
We’ll take a short walk through the rainforest to see remnants of the former Mount Warning volcano, Queensland’s oldest National Park, and the third oldest in the world! Visit the Tamborine Brewery and Cheese Factory for tours and tastings before we take one last look at Mt Barney from Hangliders Lookout and descend back onto the Gold Coast. The coach will arrive at the Gold Coast Airport in the late afternoon where we say thank you, goodbye and hopefully see you again soon!