Walk Queensland’s Scenic Rim

Gold Coast, Australia

Trip Highlights

  • Tamborine, Lamington, & Main Range National Parks
  • Subtropical Rainforests
  • Spend a Morning with a First Australians Guide
  • First Nations Experience
  • Diverse Local Wildlife
  • Unique, Eco-Friendly Homestead
  • Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell & Mount Barney


Packed full of national parks, towering mountains, and picturesque vineyards, Queensland’s Scenic Rim is not to be missed on any traveler’s bucket list. Your local guide on this tour will fill you in on all the history and naturalism in this area and take care of all the little details so you can enjoy strolls through lush rainforests and high reaching summits. Trek through Tamborine National Park, climb the diverse terrain up to Mount Cordeaux, summit Mount Mitchell, wade through streams and rock pools near Mount Barney, and soak up the wonders of Lamington National Park with chances to experience much of the local cuisine from produce and meats to wine. 

Operated by Intrepid Travel

This trip is offered and operated by Wildland’s parent company, Intrepid Travel. Intrepid is an international adventure travel company committed to offering sustainable, experience-rich journeys across the globe. They’ve led the way with ethical, small-group travel since 1989, helping guests discover the magic of travel more than 30 years! When you sign up for this trip, you will be taken into Intrepid’s registration system, and book directly with them.

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$1855 Per Person
335 Single Supplement  

335 Single Supplement

A single supplement is available on this trip for an extra fee if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies to all your nights but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms.

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Trip Type: Intrepid Walking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-11
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 18.7MI / 30KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows mostly well-maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections. It includes mostly moderate hiking distances and elevation with some more strenuous distances and elevation.

Hiking Distances:

6.3MI / 10.2KM

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:


Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on maintained trails with occasional more rugged sections.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a Level 2 for solitude. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

This trip can be booked as a private tour directly with Intrepid Travel by calling  1-800-970-7299.

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Day 1: Gold Coast / Tamborine National Park

  • Orientation Meeting: 9:30am
  • Travel: Drive to Tamborine National Park
  • Activities Included: Palm Grove Circuit, Curtis Falls Track
  • Hiking Distance: 2MI / 3.8KM (Total)

Say hello to Australia’s Scenic Rim right near the famous Gold Coast. You journey with Intrepid begins with an orientation meeting at 9:30am with your guide and the your fellow travelers. Then load up and drive to Tamborine National Park, the oldest national park in Queensland which is the habitat for various species of flora and fauna. You’ll go on two short hikes today; the first being Curtis Falls track beginning in a grove of eucalyptus that gradually thins and turns into lush rainforest dotted with huge ferns. Then move on to Palm Grove circuit and travel through a subtropical rainforest with strangler figs and piccabeen palm trees just above your head and unique and colorful fungi just beneath your feet. Later on in the evening, maybe head out with your group for dinner to get to know one another better; your leader will have plenty of recommendations for good restaurants.

Please be sure to attend and be on time to the orientation meeting this morning at the Vibe Hotel Gold Coast as you will need to provide insurance and emergency contact information at this time. The two trails today are rated as moderate, but the general trend from groups in the past is that they are easier than they are rated. Your group leader will use today’s hike to gage the group’s fitness level and experience for more strenuous hikes later in the trip. 

Day 2: Mt Cordeaux / Boonah

  • Travel: Drive to Mount Cordeaux
  • Activities Included: Mount Cordeaux Track, Rainforest Circuit
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Hiking Distance: 5.2MI / 8.4KM

Begin today by driving toward Mount Cordeaux with a stop along the way for you to purchase breakfast and grab a picnic lunch for later in the day. Overlooking the Scenic Rim, Mount Cordeaux makes up the northern edge of Cunninghams Gap. Your group will trek up the mountain, passing an old gold mine shaft where gold was never found. Just before the summit where the trek ends, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views of Main Range National Park, the Darling Downs, and on a clear day, the skyline of downtown Brisbane. On your way down the mountain, veer off into the Rainforest Circuit where you’ll journey through dense vegetation as your guide gives your group information about the various plants and animals that live here. One last climb today to an overlook with views of Lake Moogerah and the Fassifern Valley before taking the drive to Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard located in the center of the Scenic Rim. You can either chose to go wine tasting here and get a taste of the famous Shiraz or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. 

Day 3: Mount Mitchell

  • Travel: Drive to Mt. Mitchell 
  • Activities Included: Mount Mitchell Track
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch 
  • Hiking Distance: 6.3MI / 10.2KM

Today gives you a chance to summit Mount Mitchell and see remarkable views from the peak of this volcano that lies in the Main Range National Park, south of Cunninghams Gap. Eat hardy at your included breakfast this morning before taking the drive to the trailhead. Some of today’s climb is rather steep and rugged, but every step will be worth it once you reach the summit. You’ll journey through dense rainforest, mountain heathland, and light woodland on this trek and don’t forget to keep your eye out for wildlife, especially the peregrine falcons that often soar through the skies above the slopes. From the top, enjoy sweeping vistas of Mount Barney, the Main Range, and Moogerah Peak before descending back down the mountain toward the car. You’ll also pay a visit today to Lake Moogerah which translates to “Place of Thunder” and is still home first Australians, the indigenous Ugarapul people. The lake gives a much different perspective on the mountains surrounding it such as Mount Greville/Moogerah, but the views are no less spectacular. 

After our hike, we’ll check into tonight’s very special lodging. We’ll be staying at a wonderful homestead converted from a classic early 20th century farmhouse. Here we’ll take advantage of a veranda with breathtaking mountain views. Later in the day, you might decide to walk up to a viewpoint, where the sun setting over Mount Barney (possibly accentuated by a glass of wine, olives and cheese) offers a perfect cap to the day!

Day 4: Mount Barney National Park

  • Travel: Drive to Mount Barney 
  • Activities Included: Yellow Pinch Lookout Walk, Yarriba Explore Ancient Beginnings Tour, Lower Portals Hike
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 4.5MI / 7.4KM

Begin today with a traditional smoking ceremony led by a First Nations guide and a cultural walk to Yellow Pinch Lookout. This local guide will tell of aboriginal traditions and culture in this special place. Then visit Mount Barney and set out on the Lower Portals track on an undulating and occasionally rugged trail. The group will travel through open bushland, still rock pools, and brightly running creeks. You may have to wade in water up to thigh deep in some places, so be prepared to get wet. There are many animals that call this area home so keep your eyes peeled for wallabies or black cockatoos. This evening, your accommodation is a eco-friendly homestead that is a converted 1900s ‘Queenslander’ farmhouse. The verandas have stunning mountain views and you’ll get the option to hike on the property as you watch the sunset over Mt. Barney at a high overlook. Enjoy a glass of local wine here, or perhaps snack on the local staples of olives and cheese. Head down to a pub this evening for dinner if you’d like to enjoy cuisine traditional to this region on your last night here. 

If the weather is nice, your group will have time for swimming during the Mt. Barney trek. This trek is rather rugged and has some steep sections. You may need to wade through thigh-high water at two creek crossings. The group will not summit Mt. Barney as this requires rock climbing skills and this activity is not permitted for tour groups. Additionally, no individual group members are allowed to summit as an optional activity. 

Day 5: Lamington National Park / Gold Coast

  • Travel: Drive to Lamington National Park 
  • Included Activities: Binna Burra Walk
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Hiking Distance: 0.7MI / 1.2KM

Enjoy your final breakfast in Australia this morning before heading out to Lamington National Park. Yes, this is named after the same guy as your favorite coconut cake and it’s every bit as appealing. This is a World Heritage Site and is home to ancient forests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. The best way to see this park is on foot, and that is what you’ll do this morning. Take a short walk in the park to discover its unique wonders, and then talk to your guide about what other options there are for trails here. In the afternoon, load up and head back to the Gold Coast where your tour ends upon arrival, usually around 5pm. 

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • Transportation: Walking, Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: 2 Nights Motel, 2 Nights Homestead
  • Activities Included:
    • 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

Important Notes

  • A single supplement is available on this trip if you would prefer to not have a roommate. This supplement applies to all your nights but is subject to availability. Please speak to a representative or your booking agent if you are interested.
  • This tour begins on day 1 with a pickup at 9:30am at the Vibe Hotel Gold Coast and ends upon arrival in Gold Coast on day 5 usually around 5pm.
  • When sharing accommodations, all beds will be twin. If you would prefer a double bed, contact Intrepid as soon as possibly. These are upon request only and are not guaranteed at every accommodation.
  • Due to limited vehicle capacity and strict regulations about the transport of luggage, you main piece of luggage must be soft sided, compact, and weigh no more than 33lbs/15kg. Guests will be unable to bring large suitcases and bags, particularly those with hard sides that can damage equipment or other guests belongings.

Essential Packing List

  • Small to Medium Day Pack: used for carrying essentials on treks
  • Hiking Clothing: mix of lightweight quick-drying clothes and warmer layers
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Sport or Water Sandals
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket and/or Windbreaker
  • Water Bottle or Bladder for a Hydration Pack
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Toiletries

Optional Packing List

  • Small First Aid Kit (Your guide will have a large one)
  • Sleep Aids: such as ear plugs or eye mask
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Swimwear
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary & Accommodations Disclaimer

The itineraries on Intrepid trips are updated frequently to reflect the current state of the destination and based on guest comments. Therefore it is essential that you review the itinerary information directly before your trip as there may have been changes since you booked with us. Additionally, weather, holidays, local conditions, transportation schedules, and a variety of other factors may cause us to change the itinerary during your adventure. Your guide will inform you of any changes to your trip as soon as the information is available.

Similarly, the accommodation types listed here are meant to be used as a guideline and are not guaranteed.  It is sometimes necessary to make alternative arrangements due to a lack of availability or a change in itinerary. In these situations, we will use like standard of accommodation.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Starting Point

  • This tour begins on day 1 with a pickup at 9:30am at the Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
  • Vibe Hotel Gold Coast: 42 Ferny Ave, Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 4217, AUSTRALIA
    • Phone: +61 2 9356 5063

Ending Point

  • This tour ends upon arrival at Gold Coast on day 5 usually around 5pm
  • Vibe Hotel Gold Coast: 42 Ferny Ave, Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 4217, AUSTRALIA
    • Phone: +61 2 9356 5063

Health and Safety Considerations

The health and well-being of guests and guides is Intrepid’s top priority. Please review our itinerary and activities carefully to assess whether you are able to cope with and enjoy this particular trip. If our group leader or any local guide determines a guest is not able to participate in the itinerary without undue risk to themselves or others in the group, we reserve the right to deny said guest access to all or a portion of the trip without refund.

Group Size & Age Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Group Size: 1
  • Maximum Group Size: 11

Weather in Queensland

The weather in Queensland and on the Gold Coast is fairly moderate all throughout the year but can be wet. Temperatures range from highs in the low 70s during the winter and highs in the mid 80s in the summer. However, guests should come prepared with some cold weather clothing in case the temperature drops. As this trip involves some trekking on mountains, keep in mind that it will be colder the farther you trek up in elevation and that rain is common, especially in the summer. Travelers should check the forecast before their trip to see exactly what the weather will be.

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