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Height: 1162m
Location: Main Range National Park

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mount Mitchell is a twin-peaked volcanic mountain, located immediately south of Cunninghams Gap.

It was named after Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell and on a clear day you’ll see the Brisbane city skyline.

Mt Mitchell is popular with walkers and boasts an accessible 5km trail to the main summit, offering fabulous views.

The  grade four walk to the peak of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the Cunningham Highway. Take care when crossing the highway and follow signs at pedestrian exit points.

If you’d like some local’s knowledge on your walk, the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers Walk explores Mt Mitchell on the first day of their tour.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

Mt Mitchell is one of a number of mountains located in the Main Range National Park and is said to have been formed by remnant lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha of land and includes Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

The Main Range Shield Volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley, probably as far as Mt Maroon, Boonah and even Ipswich, and west to Warwick.

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Prolonged erosion over 20-million years has removed mainly the eastern side of the volcano.

The relatively steep gradients and greater erosive power of the eastwards-flowing streams rapidly eroded the volcanic lava to create a retreating escarpment, exposing intrusive plugs and dykes beneath.

In contrast the gentler western valleys and ridges have remained behind the escarpment’ to form today’s Main Range.

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell from Worendo Cottages

Nathan and Jodie Overell run Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School in the spectacular Lost World.
The business was started by Nathan’s parents Sue and Rob and overlooks the world heritage rainforest mountains of the Lamington National Park.
The Overells offer their visitors a unique and invigorating escape from the mundane, in a stunning and peacefull wilderness settings.
The property features romantic cottages for couples and larger farm houses for families and groups.
Nathan and Jodie are overseeing a small expansion, with two new cabins and a kitchen-dining area to be complete by July 2018, which will expand the group retreat offerings available. In-house meals will also be offered to guests.
As well as the accommodation, Worendo is well-known for its Wild Lime Cooking School, situated on the property and run by local chef Kate Raymont.
The casual cooking classes use local ingredients and finish with a communal, long-table lunch.

We asked Nathan and Jodie to share their locals’ knowledge of where to eat, drink and soak in the Scenic Rim’s views.

Favourite Scenic Rim place to eat

The Ginga Ninja in Canungra tops our list…  their sashimi bowl is fantastic but everything is fresh and beautifully presented.  We can’t go through Canungra without stopping!  If you’re after the best in gourmet goodies then it definitely has to be The Vintage Pickle on Mt Tamborine.  They also promote a wide range of Scenic Rim products.  For a pub meal we have to say St Bernards on Mt Tamborine.  Amazing views, a lovely feel to the place and great grub!

Favourite SR coffee spot

When we are in town (Beaudesert) “Our go to is the Bean To”.   Great organic coffee, the friendliest staff and always fun to check out the eclectic decor.  Closer to home we love the Christmas Creek Cafe (and Cabins)  You can sit on the deck staring up at the Mountains of Lamington National Park and the kids (we have 3 small boys) are taken care of by the foosball and ping pong table and the toy collections inside which gives us a chance to relax and have a chat.  The coffee is great too and Katy makes a mean burger if you are hungry!

My favourite place in the Scenic Rim is …

Lamington National Park.  We live with those mountains standing above us and the urge to explore round the next corner of the Albert River is never ending fun.  Often a short walk to a swimming hole can lure you into a longer adventure!

What I love about the Scenic Rim is …

It is close…  but far….  You can get lost in The Lost World for days and feel like you are far removed from city stresses and the fast pace…  but jump in a car and be soaking up Southbank Culture or a game at the Gabba in just 90 minutes.  We also love the food and tourism diversity.  With such a lush and dynamic region we are filled with pockets of small scale perfection.  Running our Wild Lime Cooking School has helped us realise the incredible variety of produce available right on our doorstep.  Nowhere else can you go for a half hour drive and pick up anything from coffee to carrots or camel milk!
Views from Worendo Cottages

Views from Worendo Cottages

My favourite Scenic Rim view is ….

From the deck of any of our Cottages.  People ask us all the time if we ever get sick of the view.  No we don’t.  It is ever changing as the weather rolls around and the seasons change and not one day goes by that something doesn’t stop me in my tracks and have me staring for a few minutes in appreciation.

Two Scenic Rim tourism operators were recognised at the recent Tourism Queensland Awards.

TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain won a Gold Award in the Adventure Tourism category and will now vie for recognition at the Australian Tourism Awards in Perth in February.

Tree Top Challenge

Tree Top Challenge

The Treetop Challenge features more than 100 adrenalin-pumping challenges spread across six courses over nine acres of bushland.

Visitors can choose from 11 zip lines and a number of suspended bridges.

Shane O’Reilly and his team at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards also won Gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category, adding to their silver win last year.

It was fabulous to see the Brisbane Greeters recognised for their efforts with a Gold in the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group category. The Scenic Rim works closely with the Brisbane Greeters and looks forward to future collaborations.

And to our close neighbours at the Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park for their Bronze award for the second year in a row in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category.

MT MAROON

Height 964m
Location: Mt Barney National Park

 

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Chasing spectacular views and great walking? Look no further than Mt Maroon.

It’s one of seven peaks located in the Mt Barney National Park and is the remains of an ancient Focal Peak Shield volcano which erupted more than 26-million years ago.

With a peak of 964m, Mt Maroon features long columns of rhyolite and offers climbers great challenges. But this isn’t a mountain for the uninitiated.

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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.

CoomeraCircuit.NeerigomindalalaFalls 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.

Or if you want someone to guide you, local companies like Horizon Guides or International Park Tours can offer you valuable local wisdom on the tracks of Lamington National Park and beyond. Read more