10 – 14 June 2019
Scenic Rim, Queensland, Australia
Min 5 / Max 10
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Combine your joy of hiking and adventure on the ultimate 5-day guided walking adventure in South-East Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim. Climb Queensland’s most impressive mountains, Mt Gillies, Mt Maroon and Mt Barney, and soak up the truly magnificent views of the Australian bushland. 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 are looking for an adventure, join us in June for the Three Peaks Challenge.
- Four days of hiking with fully accredited and eco-certified guides
- Hiking pack including a water bottle and keep cup
- 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
- Summit the rugged peaks of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano which erupted 24 million years ago
- Stay in a genuine Queenslander style homestead, set in its own private gardens, with breathtaking mountain views of the surrounding McPherson Ranges, including Mt Barney, Mt Maroon and Mt Lindesay
A very high level of fitness and hiking experience is required for the Challenge. Participants must be confident they can hike three long 6-10 hour days carrying an 8kg pack across uneven, steep and untracked environments. Several difficult full day hikes should have been completed in the 12 months prior to this hike. All gear, especially shoes, must have been used previously on a long hike.
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.
Day 1 – Monday 10 June 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 as we take on our first ascent – Mt Gilles. Along the way we’ll be guided through stunning bush land filled with gorgeous wildflowers, unique geology and steep rock columns. Admire the spectacular views over both Mt Barney National Park and the McPherson ranges from the summit, before the hike back down where a hearty country meal will be ready and waiting. Fall into one of the delightfully comfortable beds in the old homestead and enjoy a good night sleep ahead of another great hike tomorrow.
Day 2 – Tuesday 11 June 2019
Enjoy a lovely breakfast overlooking the beautiful gardens before we pull on the boots for day two. Today we climb Mt Maroon, part of the McPherson Range. Mt Maroon, originally named ‘Wahlmoorum’, which means sand goanna in the Yuggera Indigenous language, rises to 966m above sea level. It provides some of the best views in South-East Queensland, with 360-degree views ranging from Lamington National Park through Mt Barney, the length of Main Range and the Moogerah Peaks. We’ll arrive back at the homestead in the late afternoon in time to enjoy some free time – take a swim, 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 12 June 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 depart on a tour of the Scenic Rim. Our first stop is the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy. One of the longest running dairies in the area, the Dennis family begins the tour with a discussion of the way things were done in the 1930s before leading us through the different stages of milking, including the introduction of machine milking and the current high-tech robotic milking system. From one farm to the next, as we head to The Overflow Estate 1895, a historic grazing property on Lake Wyaralong Dam.
As we sit on the Cellar Door deck, we’ll try some Overflow Estate wines and enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the extraordinary view. After lunch we’ll take an easy walk to admire the beautiful scenery and stunning vistas from Mount French Lookout. Then we’ll finish the day and share photos and stories over some authentic Italian pizza and pasta at Pietros Pizza Café.
Day 4 – Thursday 13 June 2019
Today is the big one. We’re up early this morning for the ascent of Mt Barney. Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks. The Mount Barney National Park encompasses the largest area of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in South East Queensland. Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit. Mt Barney with its two peaks is the highest peak in Mount Barney National Park. The mountain's sheer rugged peaks, caves, crevices and steep unforgiving landscape means it is only suitable for experienced bushwalkers and rock climbers.
The eastern face of the mountain is a sheer 300 metre cliff, presenting a risky challenge for the country's best rock climbers. The mountain is home to rare and important species including platypus, kingfishers, Coxen's Fig Parrot, robins, rock wallabies, kangaroos and many birds of prey. Vegetation is varied and includes eucalypt forest, River she-oaks, bottlebrushes, Golden Silky oaks, patches of rainforest and Antarctic Beech Forest. Take in the amazing views from the summit before we return to the homestead for a well-earned dinner as we share stories and photos of the last few days.
Day 5 – Friday 14 June 2019
Enjoy a sleep-in this morning and help yourself to an Australian country style breakfast before we pack-up and depart. Today, 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!