Shake off winter and explore south east Queensland at one of our favourite times of the year. Spring in the mountains heralds clear skies, wildflowers, comfortable walking days and cool nights radiant with stars. Walks include creek explorations, exhilarating ascents of the local peaks and shorter strolls through sub-tropical rainforest in World Heritage listed areas. From Brisbane we travel south west to Main Range National Park for rainforest walks. This park straddles the Great Dividing Range and is part of the Scenic Rim arc of mountains. South of Stanthorpe we spend three nights at Girraween National Park. Meaning “Place of Flowers”, Girraween National Park is famous for its granite domes, improbable balancing boulders and exquisitely water worn creek forms. Spring blooms include golden wattle, pea flowers, orchids and native bluebells. Walks lead us to fascinating underground creeks, magnificent granite outcrops and lookouts over the eucalypt forests and heathlands. Moving east, we spend two nights at Mt Barney Lodge beneath the dramatic massif of southern Queensland’s highest mountain. Mt Barney National Park protects many rare and restricted plant species, especially on the higher peaks. We enjoy hikes through open eucalypt forest to creeks with shallow cascades and deep pools, home to platypus and kingfishers, honeyeaters and robins. There is also the option to explore nearby Mt Maroon with patches of montane heath and a spectacular wildflower displays in spring.