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Granite Belt to Mount Barney - Walking Holiday

Region: Queensland // Dates: 13 October - 18 October 2019
Granite Belt to Mount Barney Walking Holiday

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 two full days exploring Girraween National Park.  Meaning “Place of Flowers”, Girraween National Park is famous for its granite domes, improbable balancing boulders and exquisite water worn creek formations. 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.

Overview

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 two full days exploring Girraween National Park.  Meaning “Place of Flowers”, Girraween National Park is famous for its granite domes, improbable balancing boulders and exquisite water worn creek formations. 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.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore the escarpment of Main Range NP, following rainforest tracks to lookout points
  • Stay in apartment style accommodation at Girraween Environmental Lodge
  • Admire the views from the top of granite domes in Girraween NP
  • View the spring wildflower display along Bald Rock Creek
  • Spot wallabies & echidnas close to our accommodation
  • Experience Mt Barney Lodge with spectacular views of South East Queensland’s highest peak
  • Hike to the Lower Portals or up to Mt Maroon for excellent views of the Scenic Rim peaks

Details

Details:

13 October - 18 October 2019 (5 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Brisbane)
Advanced Early Bird: A$2,550 until 22/02/2019
Early Bird: A$2,750 until 14/06/2019
Regular: A$3,050
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: 6 guests

Special Interest: Birding, Wildlife, Botanical, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 4–15km per walking day with some challenging options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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  • Luke Christiansen

    Luke Christiansen has worked as a guide and environmental educator for the vast majority of his adult life. For just over a decade he was employed at one of Australia's longest-established nature-based resorts, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, and spent his days guiding visitors through the beautiful wilderness of the Lamington National Park. Luke performs regularly as a musician and creates visual art across a range of mediums. He is also a keen adventure traveller and has crossed a number of Australia's great deserts and spent two years working his way around the country. He lived in central Australia for a period, working as an entertainer (didgeridoo performance and story-telling) on the multi-award winning tourism experience, 'Sounds of Silence’. 

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