Scenic Rim, QLD

 Australia

On this incredible adventure, you’ll explore one of Queensland’s most raw and majestic landscapes.

Trip duration:
3 days

Challenge duration:
3 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March to November

Accommodation:
3-Star motel, twin-share

Hiking the Scenic Rim

Beginning in the foothills of South East Queensland's Main Range National Park, you'll follow your experienced guide along the stunning Scenic Rim trail, challenged by a mix of steep ascents and rugged terrain.

As you ascend Mt Cordeaux and reach the summit of Mt Mitchell, witness panoramic views of the iconic Main Range and Moogerah Peaks. You’ll explore woodland forests and the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park. Along the way, keep an eye out for some of the incredible native wildlife that call this region home, from wallabies darting across the forest floor to wedge-tail eagles soaring above.

Grassy plains with mountains rising up in the distance.Cunningham's Gap, Queensland.
Black Cockatoo perched on tree top against a blue sky

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the sweeping mountain ranges, ancient rainforests, spectacular lookouts and rare wildlife of the Scenic Rim
  • Take in the magnificent mountain views as you stand on the edge of the Great Dividing Range
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Gold Coast - 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 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 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: 9km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: 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. After a challenging hike, it is now time to relax as we pay a visit to the Gorge swimming hole downstream from Lake Moogerah and cool off with a refreshing dip surrounded by nature. This evening we return to our accommodation for an evening at leisure.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: 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 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 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: 9km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: 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. After a challenging hike, it is now time to relax as we pay a visit to the Gorge swimming hole downstream from Lake Moogerah and cool off with a refreshing dip surrounded by nature. This evening we return to our accommodation for an evening at leisure.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. 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, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

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.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in luxury glamping tents, set within a private nature refuge. Whilst remote, the tents are extremely comfortable with either king sized or twin beds available. Each tent has a private verandah. Bathrooms are shared between the group. Each bathroom contains a toilet, large shower and two basins.

Communal amenities include a lodge with a lounge area, kitchen and fireplace, and outside you are treated to a hot tub with stunning mountain views.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. 

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

All meals are prepared by your guides and chefs on site.

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. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity is not available in the glamping tents, but is in the main communal lodge.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

South East Queensland, including the Scenic Rim, has a subtropical climate, with hot, humid days in summer and drier mild days in spring and winter. During the trekking season, you can expect highs of around 22-28°C during the day, with temperatures dropping at night.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return transfers from Brisbane CBD
  • 3-Star accommodation based on twin-share
  • All meals and beverages as per itinerary
  • Local guide(s)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $20 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance

Do I need to have travel 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.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. 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, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

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.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in luxury glamping tents, set within a private nature refuge. Whilst remote, the tents are extremely comfortable with either king sized or twin beds available. Each tent has a private verandah. Bathrooms are shared between the group. Each bathroom contains a toilet, large shower and two basins.

Communal amenities include a lodge with a lounge area, kitchen and fireplace, and outside you are treated to a hot tub with stunning mountain views.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. 

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

All meals are prepared by your guides and chefs on site.

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. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity is not available in the glamping tents, but is in the main communal lodge.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

South East Queensland, including the Scenic Rim, has a subtropical climate, with hot, humid days in summer and drier mild days in spring and winter. During the trekking season, you can expect highs of around 22-28°C during the day, with temperatures dropping at night.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return transfers from Brisbane CBD
  • 3-Star accommodation based on twin-share
  • All meals and beverages as per itinerary
  • Local guide(s)
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $20 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance

Do I need to have travel 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.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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