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11 - 13 May 2024
Paid in instalments
$2,000 per person
The Difference You'll Make
People with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities want the same things as everyone else – the best start in life, a good education, meaningful employment, somewhere to live, and active participation in the life of the community around them.
The funds raised on the Scenic Rim Trek for Down Syndrome QLD 2024 will help and support individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. Providing crucial resources, programs, and services that enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. Every dollar raised will help Down Syndrome QLD to offer specialised programs and learning initiatives, such as Skills for Independence, educational supports for teachers and early intervention programs, which will in turn, empower individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential now and into the future.
How it works
Book with Confidence
Make a difference
Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.
You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.
Be part of a team
Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.
Day 1: Saturday, 11 May 2024 Gold Coast - Mt Cordeaux
Welcome to Australia’s Scenic Rim, a thriving rural paradise in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Your adventure begins on the Gold Coast where you’ll be picked up at 8.30am at the Vibe Hotel by your local guide and meet your fellow travellers. From here, we hit the road and drive towards Mt Cordeaux, the northern side of Cunningham’s Gap and overlooking the Scenic Rim. Follow the walking track up the mountain, passing by an abandoned goldmine shaft where gold was never found. The track ends just before the summit and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with showstopping views of the Main Range National Park, the Darling Downs and even the high-rise buildings of Brisbane in the distance. We descend the mountain, and then join the Rainforest circuit, venturing through lush vegetation as your leader shares stories of the flora and fauna that call this place home. We then climb to an incredible lookout point serving up views of Lake Moogerah and the Fassifern Valley. This evening we return to our accommodation for an evening at leisure.
Trekking distance: 9km (3 hours)
Transfer time: 2 hours
Meals: L D
Day 2: Sunday, 12 May 2024 Mt Mitchell
Enjoy breakfast at your gorgeous accommodation before we set off driving to Mt Mitchell, a volcanic peak in the Main Range National Park to the south of Cunninghams Gap. Today we’ll be conquering its summit, and while some parts of the track are quite steep, you can rest assured that the views from the top make every step worth it! Cross through mountain heath, woodland and diverse rainforest, and be sure to turn your head to the sky in search of peregrine falcons soaring above you. We make a stop at the top to admire views of Mt Barney, the Main Range and the Moogerah Peaks before descending down the mountain. This afternoon, we drive on to the Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Scenic Rim. While here you may like to indulge in a wine tasting at your own expense (you’ll soon find out why the Shiraz is so acclaimed!) or perhaps just sit back and enjoy the serene location.
Trekking distance: 11km
Transfer time: 1 hour
Meals: B L
Day 3: Monday, 13 May 2024 Depart Lamington National Park - Gold Coast
Take some time to enjoy our final breakfast together before we make our way to Lamington National Park, named after the same bloke as your favourite coconutty cake and every bit as appealing. This World Heritage Site is dotted with ancient trees, tumbling waterfalls and fascinating wildlife, all best discovered on foot. We venture into the park for a final walk and uncover its natural wonders with your local leader’s expert guidance. This afternoon, we return to the Gold Coast, and it is here that our Scenic Rim adventure comes to an end.
Trekking distance: 2-10km
Transfer time: 2 hours
Meals: B L
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star motel based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local guide
Doesn’t include: Flights • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Why you'll love this adventure
- Ascend Mt Cordeaux with a rewarding, breathtaking panoramic view of the Main Range National Park and the distant Brisbane skyline.
- Explore the rich flora and fauna in the diverse terrain - rainforests, woodlands, and mountain heaths.
- Walk through UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamington National Park, known for its ancient trees, cascading waterfalls, and fascinating wildlife, offering a final immersion into nature's wonders.
- Raise funds and awareness that go towards supporting and empowering people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities and make friends with likeminded people
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3.5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Scenic Rim trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 28 kilometres over 2 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.
How many people will be on my adventure?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
Down Syndrome QLD has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $45 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Down Syndrome QLD, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in sandy and hilly terrain for 5+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day. It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be staying in motel accommodation based on twin-share, set within a private nature refuge. Each room has a bathroom containing a toilet, shower and basin. Each room also contains a microwave, mini fridge, kettle and toaster.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be staying in self-contained motel accommodation. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single supplements are subject to availability at an extra cost.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to Down Syndrome QLD?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Down Syndrome QLD. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for Down Syndrome QLD are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Costs and payments
How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?
The total cost to participate in this adventure is $1,998.
In addition, you are also committing to raising $2,000 (per person) for Down Syndrome QLD.
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.