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Scenic Rim Walks & Backroads - Walking Holiday

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Region: Queensland // Dates: 25 - 29 July 2022 (4 nights)
Scenic Rim Walks & Backroads Walking Holiday

This exclusive 5-day journey in time traverses the southern mountains and valleys of Scenic Rim - 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 and 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, especially after surviving the September 2019 bushfires. After 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 scale their treetops walk. Continuing via Canungra and the dairy farms of the Kerry Valley, we arrive at the Lost World Valley. Staying two nights in family-owned Worendo Cottages, we explore local swimming holes or relax on the verandas admiring the incredible mountain vistas. Further west, we enjoy short walks to spectacular lookouts in Mt Barney National Park with a focus on stories of regeneration and the pioneering Collins family.

‘To a man who loved and understood the bush and found his happiness sharing it with others’. – Arthur Groom

Overview

This exclusive 5-day journey in time traverses the southern mountains and valleys of Scenic Rim - 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 and 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, especially after surviving the September 2019 bushfires. After 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 scale their treetops walk. Continuing via Canungra and the dairy farms of the Kerry Valley, we arrive at the Lost World Valley. Staying two nights in family-owned Worendo Cottages, we explore local swimming holes or relax on the verandas admiring the incredible mountain vistas. Further west, we enjoy short walks to spectacular lookouts in Mt Barney National Park with a focus on stories of regeneration and the pioneering Collins family.

‘To a man who loved and understood the bush and found his happiness sharing it with others’. – Arthur Groom

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Journey Queensland’s Gondwana Rainforests of Australia to explore natural and human history
  • Taste regional cuisine of Scenic Rim food producers & plunge into cool water holes
  • Be guided on national park walks from ancient beech forests to hidden gorges & mountain lookouts
  • Stay in historic lodges & family-owned accommodation across the southern Scenic Rim
  • Follow in Arthur Groom’s footsteps, a conservationist, journalist, author & advocate of national parks
  • Travel through backroads & rolling countryside from east to west
  • Hear stories & visions of local pioneers to modern-day farmers, artists & wilderness protectors

Details

Details:

25 - 29 July 2022 (4 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Brisbane & Gold Coast)
A$2,490

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: 3-21km 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.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Lisa Groom

    Lisa Groom is the daughter of 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 ParkTours in 1991, and took over the helm of the company from her parents in 2001. Leading walking holidays in the Scenic Rim, South East Qld and Europe (again one day!), her passion is for regional ecotourism, discovering local characters and showcasing nature from a different perspective.

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