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Arthur's Trek - Walking Holiday

Region: Queensland // Dates: 14 - 18 March 2021 (4 nights)
Arthur's Trek Walking Holiday

Arthur’s Trek, led by Lisa Groom of ParkTours, will take visitors on an exclusive 5-day journey from Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s, on to the Lost World Valley and Mt Barney National Park. One of Binna Burra’s founders and Australian conservationist, journalist and author, Arthur Groom advocated for the preservation of much of the Scenic Rim mountain ranges.  We follow some of Arthur’s footsteps on half & full day walks in the Queensland Gondwana Rainforests and see his aspirations and visions realised in World Heritage listed national parks and local community experiences. Travelling from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we begin at Binna Burra Lodge, on the eastern side of Lamington National Park. Founded by Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey in 1933, this lodge holds a special place in the hearts of many people and is inviting guests back after the September 2019 bushfires. After meeting the locals and enjoying short introductory walks, we relax overnight in studio apartments at the Binna Burra Sky Lodges. Next morning, you have the option of walking the iconic Border Track or travelling by bus to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. We learn about this historic lodge and have time to bird-watch or relax in their spa facilities. Continuing via Canungra and the dairy farms of the Kerry Valley, we come to the Lost World Valley. Staying in family-owned Worendo Cottages, we explore local swimming holes, unique caves or relax on the verandas admiring the mountain vistas. Further west, Mt Barney Lodge is our final base for walks to spectacular lookouts over this impressive peak. Our final day focuses on stories of regeneration at Wild Mountains and the pioneering Collins family. 

Overview

Arthur’s Trek, led by Lisa Groom of ParkTours, will take visitors on an exclusive 5-day journey from Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s, on to the Lost World Valley and Mt Barney National Park. One of Binna Burra’s founders and Australian conservationist, journalist and author, Arthur Groom advocated for the preservation of much of the Scenic Rim mountain ranges.  We follow some of Arthur’s footsteps on half & full day walks in the Queensland Gondwana Rainforests and see his aspirations and visions realised in World Heritage listed national parks and local community experiences. Travelling from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we begin at Binna Burra Lodge, on the eastern side of Lamington National Park. Founded by Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey in 1933, this lodge holds a special place in the hearts of many people and is inviting guests back after the September 2019 bushfires. After meeting the locals and enjoying short introductory walks, we relax overnight in studio apartments at the Binna Burra Sky Lodges. Next morning, you have the option of walking the iconic Border Track or travelling by bus to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. We learn about this historic lodge and have time to bird-watch or relax in their spa facilities. Continuing via Canungra and the dairy farms of the Kerry Valley, we come to the Lost World Valley. Staying in family-owned Worendo Cottages, we explore local swimming holes, unique caves or relax on the verandas admiring the mountain vistas. Further west, Mt Barney Lodge is our final base for walks to spectacular lookouts over this impressive peak. Our final day focuses on stories of regeneration at Wild Mountains and the pioneering Collins family. 

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Journey through natural and human history as we explore Gondwana Rainforests over 5 days
  • Hear stories and visions of local pioneers to the modern-day farmers, artists and wilderness protectors
  • Be guided on diverse national park walks from ancient beech forests to mountain caves & swimming holes
  • Taste the regional cuisine of the Scenic Rim producers
  • Travel from east to west via both walking trails and private transfers through rolling countryside
  • Stay in historic lodges and family-owned accommodation across the southern Scenic Rim

Details

Details:

14 - 18 March 2021 (4 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Brisbane & Gold Coast)

Regular: A$2390

Single supplement: A$550
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest: Wildlife, Botanical, History

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3-12km per walking day, on mostly well graded tracks. There are some moderate to challenging walks with some steeper sections or creek crossings. This tour is for anyone with a good level of fitness, and bushwalking experience. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, track closures and group fitness.

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  • Lisa Groom

    Lisa Groom is the daughter of interNATIONAL PARKtours founders Tony & Connie Groom and grand-daughter of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge founder Arthur Groom. You could say the great outdoors is in Lisa’s blood. Growing up with the business she commenced working as a tour leader and co-ordinator with interNATIONAL PARKtours in 1991, and took over the helm of the company from her parents in 2001. Leading walking holidays in Australia and Europe, her passion is for regional ecotourism, discovering local characters and showcasing nature from a different perspective.

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