Scenic Rim & Yarriba Indigenous Experience, QLD

 Australia

On this three-day adventure, you’ll explore one of Queensland’s most raw and majestic landscapes, and embark on an insightful local indigenous tour run by Yarriba Indigenous Experience.

Trip duration:
3 days

Challenge duration:
2 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March to November

Accommodation:
3-Star motel, twin-share

Hiking the Scenic Rim

Kick off your adventure with an authentic indigenous experience run by Yarriba in the heart of the Scenic Rim.

Here, you’ll learn about the Dreaming stories of the region and the history and culture of the indigenous people who call this area home. On days two and three, challenge yourself to explore the beautiful Scenic Rim on foot, climbing to the summit of Mount Cordeux and Mount Mitchell to be rewarded with showstopping views of the Main Range National Park, the Darling Downs, and even the high-rise buildings of Brisbane in the distance.

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.

IMG_6928 - CREDIT Mt Barney Lodge

Photo Credit: Mt Barney Lodge

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
  • Hear directly from local Indigenous Elders about the history and significance of the region
  • 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: Brisbane to Yarriba Tour

This morning we’ll meet our guides in central Brisbane where we will have a briefing for the days to come. We’ll hop on our vehicles and head to Mt Barney where we’ll spend the day for the Yarriba Walking Together tour. This program will take us on an exploration of ancient landscapes, including a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, walks, origin stories, and learning about survival and hunting techniques. Afterwards, we’ll be transferred to our accommodation for the night and have a team dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 2 1/2 hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Mt Cordeaux

This morning after breakfast, we’ll set off for our first summit of this adventure and make our way towards Mt Cordeaux - the northern side of Cunningham’s Gap, overlooking the Scenic Rim. We’ll 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 we’ll be rewarded for our 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 join the Rainforest circuit, venturing through lush vegetation and climbing 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 before our final dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 9km (4 hours) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Mitchell to Brisbane

On our last day, we’ll head off after breakfast 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, we 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 while having lunch, before descending down the mountain. This afternoon, we’ll make our way back to Brisbane where our adventure ends and we say goodbye to our team and guides! 

Transfer Time: 1 1/2 hours

Trekking Distance: 11km (3 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Brisbane to Yarriba Tour

This morning we’ll meet our guides in central Brisbane where we will have a briefing for the days to come. We’ll hop on our vehicles and head to Mt Barney where we’ll spend the day for the Yarriba Walking Together tour. This program will take us on an exploration of ancient landscapes, including a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, walks, origin stories, and learning about survival and hunting techniques. Afterwards, we’ll be transferred to our accommodation for the night and have a team dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 2 1/2 hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Mt Cordeaux

This morning after breakfast, we’ll set off for our first summit of this adventure and make our way towards Mt Cordeaux - the northern side of Cunningham’s Gap, overlooking the Scenic Rim. We’ll 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 we’ll be rewarded for our 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 join the Rainforest circuit, venturing through lush vegetation and climbing 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 before our final dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 9km (4 hours) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Mitchell to Brisbane

On our last day, we’ll head off after breakfast 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, we 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 while having lunch, before descending down the mountain. This afternoon, we’ll make our way back to Brisbane where our adventure ends and we say goodbye to our team and guides! 

Transfer Time: 1 1/2 hours

Trekking Distance: 11km (3 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

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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 3-star motels, where you can expect all the usual amenities including a kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning.

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? 

A continental breakfast will be enjoyed at your accommodation. For lunches, you can expect a packed lunch of a sandwich, fruit, and healthy snacks. Dinners will be at a local restaurant.

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.

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.

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star motels based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Guide/s
  • Yarriba Indigenous Experience
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 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 3-star motels, where you can expect all the usual amenities including a kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning.

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? 

A continental breakfast will be enjoyed at your accommodation. For lunches, you can expect a packed lunch of a sandwich, fruit, and healthy snacks. Dinners will be at a local restaurant.

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.

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.

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star motels based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Guide/s
  • Yarriba Indigenous Experience
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 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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