So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?
Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.
A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.
Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.
You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.
Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.
There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.
If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.