Walk Queensland's Scenic Rim

Trip Code: PZXR

Why we love it

Discover the Scenic Rim’s fascinating flora and fauna with the guidance of your local leader as you delve into Tamborine National Park, Main Range National Park and Lamington National Park, which are part of The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, World Heritage Area, containing the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world., Join a First Nations guide for a smoking ceremony and cultural walk to Yellow Pinch lookout where you’ll learn about Mt Barney from the Land’s traditional owners and connect with Country using Aboriginal ideas., Wind your way up Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell and discover Mount Barney on a series of hikes and be rewarded with truly unbeatable views of the surrounding landscapes., Rest your head in a delightful and eco-conscious homestead converted from a 1900s farmhouse and soak in magnificent mountain views from your veranda., Set out in search of wildlife surrounding your accommodation during a tour with an expert guide, followed by local wine and snacks as you watch the sun set over Mount Barney.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is only suited to travellers with a good level of mobility and fitness. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Queensland weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. More details on each walk can be found in the itinerary.

The walks included on this trip are Grade 3 (suitable for most ages & fitness levels, some walking experience recommended, tracks may have short, steep sections, a rough surface and many steps) and Grade 4 (walking experience recommended, tracks may be long, rough & steep)

Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, even in the dry season, so be sure to pack for all conditions!

Walks indicated in the day-by-day itinerary are our best pick, but we may need to change them sometimes depending on the track and weather conditions.

Important information

START & END TIME
Your trip will begin on day 1 at 9.30am with a pick up on the Vibe Hotel Gold Coast and finishes upon return to the Gold Coast in the afternoon on Day 5 at approximately 5pm.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. It excludes night 4 where you will be in shared accommodation. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

ROOMING
When sharing accommodation all rooms will be with twin beds. If you would prefer a double bed, please advise Intrepid as early as possible. Please note that double beds are on request and may not be available at all accommodation.

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding transport of baggage, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided, compact and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. We are unable to carry large suitcases or bags, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., Be prepared for a variety of weather, with the possibility of cold, windy and wet conditions and in the warmer months hot days as well . It is not necessary to ‘dress’ for evening meals; casual, comfortable clothing is sufficient.

Essential items
● Personal identification
● Copy of your travel insurance policy and 24-hour contact number
● Credit card and spending money
● Comfortable daypack (25–35 litres) with rain cover
● Water bottle(s) or hydration bladder (2+ litres recommended)
● Comfortable and well worn in hiking shoes or boots
● Camera and mobile phone

Personal items
● Blister kit, rehydration salts, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and first-aid kit including any personal medication
● Toiletries
● High-factor sunscreen and high UV sunglasses
● Hand sanitiser
● Toilet paper and small ziplock bags for rubbish
● Blister pads and/or tape for hotspots or blisters on your feet
● Lightweight quick drying towel and swimwear (summer months)

Clothing
● Several pairs of walking socks
● T-shirts (lightweight, quick-drying fabric)
● Long-sleeved trekking shirts
● Shorts
● Rain jacket
● Long-sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
● Long-legged pants (or shorts with long gaiters)
● Warm jacket and hat
● Warm fleece/gloves/beanie in winter

Optional items
● Waterproof cover for day pack
● Long gaiters
● Walking poles
● Flip flops/comfortable ‘evening’ shoes

Miscellaneous
● LED head torch with spare batteries
● Camera and spare batteries for camera
● Reading and writing material
● Padlock for bag
● Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking

Walking shoes/boots note
Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for walking trips. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating

3

The walking on this trip is over easy to moderate terrain and distances covered can vary from 5 to 20 km (please check day descriptions for details). Some of the walks are circular but some can be out-and-back walks. Be prepared for daily ascents and descents, sometimes with short, steep sections. Terrain can be rocky with loose gravel, or with roots, which may become slippery when wet. This tour is ideal for nature lovers and the leaders set an even pace, providing time to take photos and to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Joining your group

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast, 42 Ferny Ave, Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 4217, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 2 9356 5063

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast, 42 Ferny Ave, Gold Coast, Gold Coast, 4217, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 2 9356 5063

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 3

Lunches included: 2

Dinners included: 1

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

PICNIC LUNCH
Most lunches on this trip are taken in a scenic spot during the day's walk. The daily itinerary specifies whether this is included. If provided, lunch typically consists of a sandwich or wraps and fruit. Please feel free to substitute this with your own snacks if you wish, such as muesli bars and additional fruit. Make sure you let your booking agent know if we need to be aware of any dietary requirements, as well as also inform your leader of this at your group meeting.

WATER
Generally tap water in Australia is potable unless otherwise indicated. There are lots of opportunities to fill up from public water supplies throughout this trip and often there are water stations at the starts of walking tracks too. Your leader will be able to advise on a daily basis when is the best time to fill up.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below:

Intrepid's Local Operator: 1300 544 882

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