15 Amazing Scenic Rim Walks

Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers

The Scenic Rim is made for walking!

One of the best ways to explore this stunning region is on foot. The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks and really does have a walk to suit most abilities.

These are some of our favourite walks, but don’t worry, once you’ve walked your way through this list there’s plenty more to explore.

From sedate, well-marked tracks, to challenging mountain scrambles, you’ll love walking in the Scenic Rim.

  1. Toolona Creek Circuit (17.4km/6hours)

    This spectacular walk crosses Toolona Creek several times and takes you to several small waterfall in the narrow Toolona Gorge.

  2. Lower Portals Track – Mt Barney National Park (7.4km/3hours)

    The Lower Portals features a beautiful pool along a gorge on Mount Barney Creek. Walk has moderate to steep gradients. A guide from Mt Barney Lodge will add context to your walk, as they explain about the environment and habitats that you pass through, and ensure that you discover the best waterholes.

  3. Mee-bor-rum Circuit – Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt French section (720m/15min)

    This circuit track passes through heathland and features the East Cliff Lookout with views of Tamborine, Lamington and Mount Barney.

  4. Mt Edwards Summit – Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards section (6km/3.5hours)

    This walk starts near the dam wall, is best suited for experienced walkers and requires a reasonable fitness level. Be careful – sheer cliffs and slippery rocks.

  5. Rainforest Circuit & Mt Cordeaux Track – Main Range National Park, Cunningham’s Gap (Rainforest Circuit 1.6km/30min; Mt Cordeaux Track 6.8km/2.5hours)

    The Rainforest Circuit passes the Allan Cunningham monument and is the beginning of an extensive track system on the northern side of the Gap. If you’re after a harder walk, continue along the Mt Cordeaux Track for spectacular views back to Brisbane. Gorgeous in spring and early summer when the giant spear lilies are in flower.

  6. Mt Mitchell Track – Main Range National Park, Cunningham’s Gap (10.2km/3hours)

    This graded walking track to the twin peaks of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the highway and passes through rainforest and open eucalypt forest. It ends on a knife-edge ridge above a sheer cliff on the east side of Mt Mitchell (1168m).

  7. Palm Grove Circuit – Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section (2.6km/1hour)

    You’ll see palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs on this walk.

  8. Curtis Falls Track – Tamborine National Park, Knoll Section (1.1km/30min)

    An enchanting walk which begins in wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums.

  9. Witches Falls Circuit – Tamborine National Park, Witches Falls section (3.1km/1hour)

    This track zigzags down the mountain through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs. The circuit passes seasonal lagoons which will ll after heavy rain and spring to life with insect and frog species. The waterfall only flows after recent rain and is best viewed from a lookout platform accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit.

  10. Caves Circuit – Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Section (5km/1.5hours)

    This track provides excellent views into the Coomera Valley and passes a large red cedar and other rainforest trees. You’ll see a large stand of hoop pine along the Darlington Range. View cave from safe distance, due to risk of rock falls.

  11. Morans Falls – Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section (4.6km/1.5hours)

    This track starts 800m from the information centre. Excellent views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek Gorge can be seen from the constructed lookout located before the creek crossing. Layers of ancient volcanic lava flows are also visible.

  12. Box Forest Circuit – Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section (10.9km/4hours)

    This track leads to Picnic Rock and Elabana Falls and runs through rainforest and impressive stands of smooth, pink-barked brushbox. If you intend on walking the entire circuit, walk in a clockwise direction and exit via the falls and Picnic Rock.

  13. Tree Top Walkway – O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (1.5km/30min)

    The Booyung Boardwalk, featuring excellent interpretive signage, leads you from O’Reilly’s Retreat to the walkway, which is a series of suspension bridges taking you up 16metres into the rainforest canopy. Feeling adventurous? Climb ladders to a crows nest platform 30m above ground.

  14. Ships Stern Circuit (part of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) – Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Section (21km/8hours)

    A challenging walk which descends into Kurraragin Valley where you’ll see Piggabeen palms, large red cedar and majestic flooded gums. The Ship’s Stern range is formed of rhyolite. The rainforest gives way to eucalypt forest with a dense understorey of spring-blooming wild flowers.

  15. Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers – Mt Mitchell to Spicer’s Peak Lodge (34.5km/across four days, accommodation included)

    The walk follows paths along ridges, escarpments, through forest. Accommodation and meals are provided by the Spicer’s Group.